cover image Santa Claus vs. the Easter Bunny

Santa Claus vs. the Easter Bunny

Fred Blunt. Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, $12.99 (32p) ISBN 978-1-4926-9164-8

The Easter Bunny is like a classic small-business owner: he makes, foil-wraps, and delivers every single chocolate egg. And he despises his next-door neighbor, the corporate bigwig Santa, who delegates toy creation (“Keep it up, elves! Only two million toys to go”) and receives thanks and “tasty treats” from children around the world. Exhausted and seething (“Is it too much to ask for a carrot?”), Bunny tries to sabotage Santa’s operation by gumming up the toy-making machines with chocolate—but the resultant toys prove so popular (“Mmmmmm... chocolaty handlebars”) that Santa brings Bunny in as a partner and even lends out his elves for the Easter crunch. With giddy exaggerated cartooning and a satiric voice, Blunt skewers everything from holiday traditions to late capitalism. Ages 4–8. [em](Oct.) [/em]