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When Santa Was a Baby Hardcover – October 13, 2015
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PRAISE FOR When Santa Was a Baby:
"He’s an unusual baby: a booming voice, an interest in chimneys, a penchant for standing naked in front of the open refrigerator, enjoying the chill. Later, on Christmas, he rewraps his gifts and gives them to other children. His puzzled but besotted parents shower him with praise and predictions of future greatness. With retro-esque art featuring people whose giant black eyes look ever so slightly crazed, it’s a sweet, gently satirical answer to the eternal question, How did Santa become Santa?" --New York Times Book Review
“Delightfully illustrated, this will become a family favorite.” --Yakima Herald-Republic
"Simple illustrations with white backgrounds use textured surfaces and blurred edges that provide a nostalgic feel of remembered childhood. . . . There have been several recent stories about Santa's origins, but this one is the shortest and simplest, accessible to the youngest of Santa's fans." --Kirkus Reviews
"[A] clever take on the Santa myth that develops him as a character with his own thoughts and motivations. . . . Godbout’s cozy artwork gives the book the feel of a classic while also offering some cheeky moments – as when a young Santa stands naked in front of an open fridge, trying to cool down." --Starred Review, Publishers Weekly
"A fond, reassuring look at the eccentric childhood of a much-beloved holiday figure." --School Library Journal
"Warm, textured pastel and colored-pencil illustrations on generous double-page spreads enrich this gentle, humorous, love-suffused tale." --Horn Book Magazine
"Warmth and softness abound, with each character sporting rosy round cheeks and button-black eyes. The art evokes a vintage style that further strengthens and supports the book’s nostalgic appeal. When Santa Was a Baby will make a wonderful addition to any holiday-book collection. Sure to spread joy to readers of all ages year after year, much like the jolly old man in red himself." --Quill & Quire
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The charming illustrations feel old-fashioned, and the story feels like a classic. It's an excellent read-aloud with one child, a few, or a classroom full of children.
It's an excellent gift (for ages 2-6) if you're looking to give a book for Christmas...especially if you have the occasion to give the book ahead of Christmas.
Super sweet story with beautiful illustrations. Perfect addition to our holiday books!