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Santa's Revenge is the last book written by beloved author and illustrator James Rice, a fitting tribute to his three decades of work with Pelican's classic The Night Before Christmas Series. Here, Santa ...
Santa's Revenge is the last book written by beloved author and illustrator James Rice, a fitting tribute to his three decades of work with Pelican's classic The Night Before Christmas Series. Here, Santa contests all of the guises that Mr. Rice placed upon him over the years--from wearing a Cajun muskrat suit to donning a Pennsylvania Dutch outfit; from traveling with bears, donkeys, and sea ponies to encountering naughty Irish elves, gators, and gun-toting rednecks. In the end, he reasserts himself as the cheerful old Santa that he once was and gets back to business "in the same old-fashioned way/making his annual rounds/with gifts, reindeer, and sleigh."
James Rice was widely acclaimed as the South's leading illustrator of juvenile books, with sixty books to his name. His first book, Cajun Night Before Christmas, has more than 750,000 copies in print and has been nationally recognized as a classic in its genre. The Night Before Christmas Series books Mr. Rice illustrated for Pelican have a combined total of 1,552,000 copies in print. James Rice passed away at his home in Hico, Texas, in May 2004.
Posted February 20, 2006
For years, the late writer/illustrator James Rice wrote an entire series of Night Before Christmas books where poor Santa Claus was put into one strange situation after another...in books like A Cajun Night Before Christmas, A Cowboy Night Before Christmas, and Irish Night Before Christmas, and a Pennsylvania Dutch Night Before Christmas, Ol' St. Nick found himself having to contend with his slay being pulled by gators, longhorn steer, donkeys, and big brown bears. He had to endure the torture of wearing an itchy Santa suite made from muskrat, and put up with a bunch of wild leprechauns. All this abuse has Santa feeling mighty low. As Santa recalls all of these affronts to his tradition in a whirlwind tour of the previous books in the series, Santa is now determined to find the man responsible and deliver some good old fashioned, North Pole justice, and get back to being the jolly old elf in Clement Moore's original poem. Santa's revenge makes for a hilarious curtain call for Rice who passed away in 2004. Rice wrote and illustrated this wrap-up title to the series in an almost apologetic style...perhaps he knew himself that he had been pretty tough on Santa. Santa's Revenge is marvelously illustrated with a lot of Christmas whimsy, especially when Santa finally tracks down Mr. Rice! While the reading of the previous books in the series isn't a prerequisite, it will certainly help explain the story somewhat better. A wonderful book for kids or adults and it should become a great holiday tradition. The book is 32 pages, hardcover with a dust jacket. Reviewed by Tim JansonWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.