Santa’s Comic Adventure
By James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost
First Second Books, $9.99, 64 pages
This book takes comic enthusiasts on a wild, rhyming holiday ride. According to authors and illustrators James Sturm, Andrew Arnold and Alexis Frederick-Frost, Santa is disgusted that so many kids spend too much time on computers and playing video games. Old-fashioned traditions are disappearing – even the elves are hooked on technology! So with the help of a magical elf and a brave knight, Santa attempts to create a Christmas comic for boys and girls all over the world! Throw in a dangerous expedition to Mount Everest and a kidnapping yeti with a huge appetite, and Santa has a guaranteed hit!
The book’s illustrations are funny and simple enough that readers will be inspired to create their own. In fact, kids are invited to make a comic strip for Santa Claus! Brief instructions on how to draw panels and pick a subject are provided by a magical elf. There is even an address where kids can send their letters (The Center for Cartoon Studies) and the authors will pass the comics along to Santa.
Reviewed by Kathryn Franklin