Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Sad Santa

Sad Santa

Tad Carpenter
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 7
Sterling Children's Books, 2012   ISBN: 978-1402788307

   It is December 26th. All the gifts have been delivered, all the cookies have been eaten, the big journey around the world is over, and Santa is feeling decidedly blue. The elves try to cheer him up by telling him that this year “was the best Christmas of all.” Everything went according to plan beautifully. The reindeer tell Santa to “Look on the bright side.” They visited one hundred and ninety-six countries in eight hours. Isn’t that a record to be proud of?

   Santa is not cheered up in the slightest by these words, so the elves and reindeer “call in the boss,” Mrs. Claus, and she decides that Santa needs a vacation. A still unhappy Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves, and the reindeer head for the beach. Unfortunately Santa, unlike his wife and friends, does not like the beach one little bit and he is still extremely sad.

   Sometimes even the jolliest and most beloved people get the blues, and when they do it can be hard to get them back to being their usually happy self. How does one inject a little Christmas spirit into the man who is a Christmas hero? Children are going to enjoy finding out what happens to poor sad Santa in this sweet and clever picture book.