Books for Kids: Sad Santa

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Sad Santa
Sterling Publishing
age 5-8
Written and illustrated by Ted Carpenter
32 pages

Synopsis from Sterling Publishing:

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.

The kids get so excited for Christmas, counting down the days until it arrives and reveling in the joy that is Christmas morning. Then it’s over and something seems to be missing. Just like kids, Sad Santa illustrates that even Santa feels a little loss when Christmas comes to an end. If your kids are feeling bummed about the end of the holidays, Sad Santa reminds them that the feeling you get from Christmas can continue throughout the year. I love how Santa’s friends try to figure out why he’s so out of sorts, trying to cheer him up. We don’t expect to be sad after such a wonderful season with all the gifts and leftovers to enjoy but there’s so much more we love about Christmas that seems to fade when the day passes. Christmas may physically be just one day but you can keep the happiness and love generated from the holiday in your heart all year. Sad Santa is one Christmas story perfect for reading after the holidays.

You can find a copy of Sad Santa by visiting your local bookstore or Sterling Publishing. Visit our Kid’s Books section for other great book recommendations.

I have to thank Sterling Publishing for my review copy.


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