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The Autobiography of Santa Claus: A Revised Edition of the Christmas Classic Paperback – October 19, 2006
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THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF SANTA CLAUS:
"A book that deserves classic status."
--The Dallas Morning News
--Memphis Commercial Appeal
--The Kansas City Star
"The Autobiography of Santa Claus is a great tale with an intriguing premise. It is a heartwarming and fun Christmas read."
"This Christmas tale combines solid historical fact with a fun, enchanting story that will make anyone a believer in Santa Claus. It's a great book for children who are questioning the existing of Santa Claus and teaches all readers, big and small, the real meaning of Christmas."
THE GREAT SANTA SEARCH:
"Guinn's clever premise draws on the historical roots of the commercialization of Christmas, and his Santa, who narrates, is sanguine when faced with the prospect of facing off against street corner Santas."
"I've read the two earlier books by Mr. Guinn (THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF SANTA CLAUS and HOW MRS. CLAUS SAVED CHRISTMAS), but I felt this one was the best. This was such a fun book to read. While the earlier books were based more on events in history, this one is set in the present. There were so many references to things common to us now - PlayStation 3, CD burners, MP3 players and iPods. Oprah and Randy, Paula and Simon from American Idol made guest appearances. It was fun to see Santa adapt to the 21st century!"
--Lynne's Little Corner of the World
HOW MRS. CLAUS SAVED CHRISTMAS:
"A humorous, well-written historical romp."
"Rich in Christmas-y detail."
--Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"Both educational and amusing."
THE CHRISTMAS CHRONICLES (all three novels in one volume):
"This elegant paperback volume makes for a delightful holiday gift for just about anyone on your Christmas shopping list. Whether it’s reading through 17 centuries of Santa’s autobiography peppered with Christmas magic, discovering how Mrs. Claus and a group of people saved Christmas from being extinct or hopping onto a sleigh ride ‘through the history of Christmas in America’, reading the book will bring Santa’s infectious good cheer into your Yuletide festivities."
"All three books are excellent volumes and well worth sharing with your children. In fact, Guinn cleverly separates each book into 24 chapters, allowing parents who are so inclined to read them to their children one chapter at a time, beginning on December 1 and finishing on Christmas Eve. I dearly love these books."
About the Author
Jeff Guinn is books editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He is the author of eight books, including The Sixteenth Minute: Life in the Aftermath of Fame and Our Land Before We Die: The Proud Story of the Seminole Negro, which received the Texas Book Award.
Jeff Guinn is also the author of the bestselling Christmas Chronicles series, which includes The Autobiography of Santa Claus, How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas, and The Great Santa Search. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas.
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The author, Jeff Guinn, put a lot of research into his writing .... enjoy.
Having said that, I really did like the premise and I really liked that it stayed true to the various versions of Santa Claus throughout the ages/locations. For the most part, it was quite a bit of fun. It got really too bogged down in the middle with too many historical figures for me as well as the meandering pace it took on. I think a lot of that could have been pared down for sanity sake.
Definitely worth a read for a book club though. We had fun with it. If you are history buff, you'd probably really like it as well. Me? I'd read it again, if someone paid me or had me a gun point. That's about it. :)
So, finally, after a lot of research, I found the book again and purchased it, and just like back then, I loved it.
It's a different, fantastic version of Santa Claus that has roots within history and ties it closely with magic, and it's a very good, well thought tale that will make you fall in love with it as a whole, especially with all the Famous People joining in the Giving-presents crew.
A book for children and for those adults who don't mind to return to childhood for a short while...