Santa Retires

David Biedrzycki. Charlesbridge, $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-1-58089-294-0
Santa is jolly when he’s making toys. Not so much when he’s delivering them: “Forget it. Sacks are getting bigger. Chimneys are getting smaller.” Burned out, he and Mrs. Claus head to tropical Mistletoe Island, where they begin eating healthfully and exercising. When the reindeer visit, they learn that Santa has decided to retire, and they gloomily return to the North Pole to take over—with disastrous results. Kids should get a kick out of the many fish-out-of-water scenarios Biedrzycki (Santa’s New Jet) provides as Santa tries out the diving board, tennis, and dance lessons in a grass skirt. His flashy digital art—with dazzling colors, amusing exaggeration, and silly extras—keeps things hopping. Ages 4–7. (July)
Reviewed on: 09/10/2012
Release date: 07/01/2012
Genre: Children's
Hardcover - 32 pages - 978-1-58089-293-3
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