Saturday, December 20, 2008

Santa Responds by Santa Claus

I knew I would love this book from the subtitle alone: "He's had enough and he's writing back!" Basically, this book is a set letters from kids and the snarky reponses from a grouchy, overworked Santa tired of dealing with striking elves, ungrateful children, and oatmeal raisin cookies. If you are looking for something to cut the sweetness of the holiday hype, then this is the book for you. It is certainly a must-read for anyone who has ever been one of Santa's helpers- if I was convulsed with laughter, I can only imagine how those who have dealt with such requests would respond.

This book would make a great stocking stuffer; though you are unlikely to read the whole thing in one sitting, you can certainly count on a laugh anytime you open it up to read a letter or two. I'm giving it four stars because there are a few places where the humor of the kids' letters felt a bit forced, but if these letters are actual letters written by real children, then the rating goes up to a definite five stars!


Kaye said...

I thought the kids' letters to Santa were the only redeeming part of the book. Calling kids little shits and douchebags definitely turned me off. There were even more offensive letters from Santa. I realize this is a spoof but still, I rated it a two. It's always interesting, though, to see how different people react to different books. Thanks for sharing.

Vic Goodman said...

Kaye... I have to agree with you. For a lighter look at Santa give this audio book a try The Autobiography of Santa Claus