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Sad Santa
     

Sad Santa

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by Tad Carpenter
 
For Santa, December 26th was a horrible, awful day.
It was THE WORST DAY OF THE YEAR.

 
Santa gets the post-holiday blues … When the toys are all made, the presents handed out, the Christmas cookies eaten, and the stockings unhung from the chimney with care … Santa is miserable. His reindeer and elves can't lift his spirits, and even a

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For Santa, December 26th was a horrible, awful day.
It was THE WORST DAY OF THE YEAR.

 
Santa gets the post-holiday blues … When the toys are all made, the presents handed out, the Christmas cookies eaten, and the stockings unhung from the chimney with care … Santa is miserable. His reindeer and elves can't lift his spirits, and even a vacation with Mrs. Claus doesn't do the trick. Will Santa ever feel like his old holly-jolly self again? This quirky, funny, and completely unique picture book by hot young hipster illustrator Tad Carpenter will appeal to kids and parents alike.

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Kirkus Reviews
Poor Santa Claus suffers from post-Christmas letdown in this amusing and unusual look at the motivation behind Santa's drive to make everyone happy with their gifts. On December 26, Santa takes to his bed with a bad case of the blues. The elves and reindeer try unsuccessfully to cheer him up, and finally, Mrs. Claus takes him away for a beach vacation. His depression continues, as Santa feels out of place and unneeded until he receives his first letter of the year, from a boy requesting presents for his parents and brother. With a renewed sense of mission, Santa returns to the North Pole to get started on "extra-special" gifts for the next Christmas season. Though the tone of the text is light and humorous, Santa's concluding thoughts about the spirit of the season--"giving, caring and living as if it were Christmas every single day of the year"--elevate the story to something more substantial. Punchy illustrations stand out with simple shapes and a limited palette of red, aqua and brown printed on thick, tan paper with the look of brown-paper grocery bags. Feeling sad after Christmas is a worthwhile concept for discussion with children, and Santa's transformation to busy and energized provides a subtle lesson for the post-Christmas season. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402788307
Publisher:
Sterling Children's Books
Publication date:
10/02/2012
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
25,723
Product dimensions:
8.20(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD630L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Tad Carpenter is an illustrator, designer, and teacher. He has worked with Macy's, Adobe, Target, MTV, Hallmark Cards, Nick Jr., and Publix, to name a few. He feels very lucky to draw, paint, and create for a living. Tad lives in sunny, snowy, and forever changing Kansas City, MO, with his wife, Jessica, who is also a graphic designer.

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Sad Santa 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
mommybooknerd More than 1 year ago
I adored this story so very much, as did my kids. It is such a new and interesting story. I loved the illustrations I feel they really captured the mood of the story brilliantly. I think reading Sad Santa the day after Christmas will become a new family tradition I loved this book and rate is 4.5 stars!