Santa Retiresby David Biedrzycki
After an exhausting Christmas, Santa and Mrs. Claus head for sunny Mistletoe Island, where they surf, golf, and learn the hula. They even start eating healthy. (No more cookies and milk!) Vacation is so much fun that Santa decides to retire, much to the reindeer and elves’ dismay. Can there be a Christmas without Santa—and can Santa be jolly without Christmas?
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- Penguin Random House Publisher Services
- NOOK Book
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- 7 MB
- Age Range:
- 4 - 7 Years
Meet the Author
David Biedrzycki has been creating illustrations for book publishers, advertising agencies, magazines, and design firms since 1980. His art has graced the cover of KidSoft Magazine, New England Aquarium billboards and children's software packaging, such as "The Amazon Trail" and "Odell Down Under." He is the author/illustrator of the ACE LACEWING: BUG DETECTIVE series as well as ME AND MY DRAGON and ME AND MY DRAGON: SCARED OF HALLOWEEN. He also illustrated THE BEETLE ALPHABET BOOK and DORY STORY. David lives in Medfield, Massachusetts.
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I would have bought Santa Retires based on the cover. In fact, I kind of did. The story is adorable, and understandable. It's not really a stretch to think that Santa would want to retire: He spends an entire year building toys, and then has to zip around the world in one night to deliver them. It must be exhausting. And such a thankless job, really. Poor Santa. He needs a break, and David Biedrzycki gives him one. There is something very special about David Biedrzycki's artwork. There is a dash of reality mixed in with loads of humor. There are small touches that make each illustrated page a delight. The "weather" page is hilarious. I love how pretty and glamorous Mrs. Claus is. She's is proof that you don't have look frumpy to look Christmas-y -- not one novelty sweater in sight. My little boy likes the artwork because the slimmed-down Santa bears a strong resemblance to his Grandpap. And you don't want to overlook the crab or the mouse.