Illustrated by the author
Goodreads rating: 3.87 (135 reviews)
My rating: 4
Endpapers: medium green
Illustrations: So simple - thickish black lines water colored in blues, greens, reds, browns, and grays.
Title page: Both pages - simple painting - Santa, as a young boy, outside his cozy house at the north pole.
1st line/s: "In the North Pole, in a little cabin, lived Mr. and Mrs. Claus adn their seven children, Larry, Mary, Willy, Millie, Joey, Zoe, and Santa."
My comments: Very cute story about how Santa might have come to be. It made me grin. So simple - and really fun. (At first I worried that it might make some kids ask questions - but I don't think it would.)
Goodreads: Ever wonder what Santa was like as a child? Award-winning author/illustrator Jon Agee brings us the funny, playful answer in this Christmas picture book destined to become a classic. Little Santa loves the North Pole. The rest of his family? Not so much. So, when they decide to move to Florida, Santa is miserable. Lucky for him, a blizzard foils their plans. The only way out of the house is up the chimney. Up goes Santa, to look for help, and along the way, he meets a reindeer and a large group of elves, who are more than eager to join in the rescue! With the sly humor of Jon Klassen and the read-aloud pleasure of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, this tale of Santa’s beginnings is perfect for every kid’s holiday library.