Little Santa by Jon Agee
Rating: 3.5 stars
How did Santa become who he is today?
It's a great, fun question for authors to ponder and write about. My favorite book that answers this question remains Santa From Cincinnati by Judi Barrett--maybe that book is too front-and-center in my mind to fully appreciate the humor in Little Santa...?
Little Santa is the youngest of seven kids whose family lives in the North Pole. Everyone grumbles about their cold- and snow-filled days, except Santa: his red little suit and smile stand out amidst his family's gray outfits and mopey demeanors. Little Santa has Big Santa habits: he likes to crawl up the chimney so he can slide down it, for example.
They dislike the North Pole so much that they decide to move. To Florida. Santa is the only one who is sad about the upcoming move.
But then a blizzard strikes, and their house is completely buried in snow--all you can see is the chimney. They can't go anywhere, including Florida. Little Santa heads up the chimney and goes looking for help.
He finds a reindeer (no ordinary reindeer as it can fly) buried in snow, and a whole colony of elves who build him a sleigh and travel back to his house with him to rescue his family. The family stays a little longer in the North Pole and finds it a nicer place to live with industrious friends like the elves, but...eventually they move to Florida.
But Little Santa stays behind. And, well, you know the rest of the story.