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Sketchy Santas: A Lighter Look at the Darker Side of St. Nick Paperback – November 2, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Original edition (November 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439197601
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439197608
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #778,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.

YOU BETTER WATCH OUT

It seems that Santa may be losing control of his “personal brand.” Every December there are news stories about Santa Claus robbing a bank, getting a DUI, or violating his probation. Even worse, convicted sex offenders are sometimes found out and fired from their jobs as mall Santas. Many cities around the world host annual Santa pub crawls, where inebriated hoards dressed in red suits gather to engage in various shenanigans.

I even googled “Santa Claus Porn”—you know, just to see how deep the depravity runs—and was amazed to find more than 800,000 results. I spent hours and hours closely investigating each one of these sites (with disgust) until the library asked me to leave. Do you remember how you felt when you found out Santa Claus wasn’t real? Imagine stumbling upon a video called “Christmas in July,” where the main character’s name is July, and Santa’s wearing assless chaps.

Yet despite all this, parents still willingly line up to plop their tots in a strange man’s lap. We owe it to ourselves—nay, our children—to take a closer look at how this all started.

© 2010 Will Zweigart


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LuvLeeLaLa on November 22, 2010
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This is a great stocking stuffer! The looks on the faces of some of these kids is priceless. This book should be used for Santa training programs.
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Good God, this book is pure comic genius! I literally laughed until I cried. Seriously...tears. The captions are priceless and the author has a knack for snide witty commentary that is dead on and catches your funny bone off guard. If you don't think this is funny you might be a communist, and in that case you should buy it for 1.3 billion of your friends. Love it!
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All I can say is GREAT STOCKING STUFFER! The Sketchy Santas and look of shock and horror on the children's faces captured in these photos is just hilarious. Most every American has a memory tucked away of a particular Christmas in which they met their own Sketchy Santa.
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By Boit on November 29, 2010
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Love the website and the book is a great way to give a chuckle to those on your list that are less web savvy.

Great price, too!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott Yanoff on January 23, 2011
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I got this because I read a positive review of it in the paper. This is probably a decent stocking-stuffer if you're really into Santa and desperately need something to fill a stocking. Otherwise, it's worthless. First off, there is little content beyond the pictures. The author wrote what he thought would be funny captions beneath the photos, but there's nothing more than a chuckle here and there. Oh, and beware if you think a tween or teen would like this -- there's some bawdy language in parts of it.
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