The Santa Trap

Jonathan Emmett, illus. by Poly Bernatene. Peachtree, $15.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-56145-670-3
“Bradley’s parents always gave him whatever he demanded, not because they thought he deserved it, but because they were terrified of him.” Bradley Bartleby was “born bad,” and as a result, he gets socks from Santa every Christmas. Fed up, he spends an entire year turning his parents’ mansion into a diabolical trap for the jolly old elf, one that involves dynamite, guillotines, and tigers (an especially grim scene shows Bradley grinning as he holds the disembodied head of a Santa dummy). Bernatene’s cinematic mixed-media illustrations work wicked magic with Emmett’s darkly comedic prose, as Bradley’s plans backfire explosively. An ideal Christmas present for children who prefer Halloween. Ages 6–10. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 09/10/2012
Release date: 10/01/2012
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