Gr. 2^-4. Sims' saga of the boy-who-would-be-Santa tells of a rebellious young orphan who sets out to discover his destiny and finds the gifts of sharing and love. Along the way he encounters a giant named Mountain, a group of lost elves, some enchanted creatures, and a magic sleigh bell. Originally crafting this as a tale for his own children, Sims intends it to be a family read-aloud, shared over several days. While some will find this fantasy overly sentimental and somewhat didactic, others (fans of Saint-Exupery's The Little Prince
and Bach's Jonathan Livingston Seagull
, for example) will be charmed, which will make it a popular addition to the holiday shelf. Kay Weisman
"Delightful! Charming, tender, sensitive --- the adjectives could go on and on... this story is a labor of love; this familiar legend will make a wonderful addition to many family holiday traditions." -- NAPRA
"Entertaining adventure reminiscent of Tolkien (The Hobbit) with original and well-defined characters, and fantasy landscape charmingly envisioned." -- KIRKUS REVIEWS
"Young Claus serves to both entertain children and impart to them some very ideas about human nature and generosity. Parents will also enjoy the Claus saga, and make telling of his adventure part of their holiday tradition." -- Dr. Carl Anderson, Ph.D.