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Little Santa

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  350 ratings  ·  91 reviews
Ever wonder what Santa was like as a child? Award-winning author/illustrator Jon Agee brings us the funny, playful answer in this Christmas picture book destined to become a classic.


Little Santa loves the North Pole.The rest of his family? Not so much.So, when they decide to move to Florida, Santa is miserable. Lucky for him, a blizzard foils their plans.The only way out
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Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 17th 2013 by Dial Books
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Tasha
Christmas books are tricky. They are often too sugary and sparkly or simply dull. Happily, each year there are little holiday gems. This is one of those. It is the story of a young Santa and how he grew up and became the Santa everyone loves. Santa grew up at the North Pole along with his large family. While he loved it there, everyone else in his family hated it. They planned to move to Florida instead. But just when everyone was packed and ready to leave, a huge blizzard hit. It was up to Sant ...more
Andrew Lovell
Santa's childhood story. The book had so much potential but I believe it was lacking, more depth and explanation. Santana family was moving to Florida... But why? The elves built him a sleigh... But why? The family left in the end but why did Santa stay exactly? Obviously adults know the answer but not all children will make the connection with Florida or to the need of a sleigh. It was an enjoyable book and I think it deserves 3 stars, but it could have easily been a 4 or 5 star book with more ...more
Kathryn
Kind of a fun little story about how a young boy in the disgruntled Claus family becomes the jolly Santa we know today. Some cute, clever bits but I also didn't like one of the main plot points at all and think it might be upsetting for some kids.
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Agee, J. (2013). Little Santa. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers.

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What a charming way to explain the inception of Santa Claus! This book, through short sentences often spaced amongst illustrations, provides a relatively plausible explanation for how Santa Claus came to be the jolly old elf he is today. The story incorporates realities of today; people feeling over-worked and in some cases unhappy. I
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Nathaniel Mccombs
Little Santa by John Agee is very informative book about Santa Clause’s early childhood and his family. The family consisted of Santa’s mother father and seven brothers and sisters. The book begins with a miserable Clause family tired of living at the North Pole. The family was also tired of the chores living in the North Pole required such as making quilts, keeping a fire going, chopping wood and shoveling snow but not Santa he loved living at the North Pole. Unfortunately the family decides to ...more
Matthew
This is a story of Santa Claus's childhood in a way that I'm sure has never been done before. Santa is the youngest member of a family that is very unhappy in the north. They simply don't like all the daily work involved in keeping a home in such a harsh climate. Only Santa seems to appreciate the many joys of such an environment. In fact, they are all set to pack it in and move south when a surprise blizzard strikes and they are snowbound thanks to incomprehensible drifts at their front door. S ...more
Erica
Turns out, Santa Claus is the youngest of seven children. Who knew? Also, his North-Pole-living family is a miserable unit of chores and cold comfort. Not child Santa, though. (His name is actually Santa) No, he's an upbeat kid, always decorating the trees and helping out here and there. He loves the North Pole and all it offers...and then his family decides to move to Florida.

The best takeaway from this book: Knowing that elves say, "Holy snowflakes!" That is just hilarious.
Diane
How young Santa Claus got his start. His family (Mom, Dad, Larry, Mary, Willy, Millie, Joey and Zoe) don't particularly care for the North Pole. It's a lot of hard work. So, they decide to move to Florida. Little Santa is in distress because he LOVES the North Pole - especially sliding down chimneys. But before the Clauses can move, a big snow storm hits and buries their house. Little Santa goes out the chimney to find help and stumbles upon a reindeer and house full of elves. (Holy Snowflake! W ...more
Sami Wilson
Little Santa is a great book to read to any elementary grades around Christmas time. The story tells about Santa's life growing up and all the adventures and struggles he went through to become who he is today. The book jumps around a lot which makes it somewhat hard to follow along. I would suggest reading it twice to fully understand the story line before reading it to children incase they have any questions. I would ask students what they think Santa was like as a young boy before we read the ...more
Stephanie Croaning
We all know Santa as the jolly old man with the snow white beard, but what was young Santa like? Jon Agee has fashioned a wonderfully creative story to answer that question, as well as other mysteries of Christmas...how did he get flying reindeer? Where did the elves come from? Why does he have a sleigh? Why does he come down the chimney?

This would make a very nice read-aloud story, which is a good family activity for the holiday season. The book is slightly oversize and the illustrations are fa
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Jennifer Parrish
Little Santa lives in the north pole with his family and six other siblings. They all hate the north pole because its cold and there is always work to do. Santa absolutely LOVES the north pole, especially sliding down the chimney. One day, the family decides they are going to move to Florida where it is warm but that night comes a big snow storm and traps them inside their house. Santa goes outside to find a way to get the snow removed and finds a magical reindeer (one that flies)! After that, h ...more
Cory
Okay . . . I know that this is a picture book about a jolly old elf and I shouldn't be such a smitty, but was anyone else HORRIFIED by the fact that the Claus family left their youngest child behind when they moved? He was what . . . 8 years old, at the oldest??!? The art was cute, though.
Sarah Thompson
This book is very enjoyable as it creatively tells the story of Santa as a child (hence the title, Little Santa). Exploring Santa as a child is such a great idea that Jon Agee executes with a creative plot and adorable illustrations. The text is very simple as it explains how young Santa and his family become trapped in the North Pole by a snow storm and Santa must become the hero we all know him to be. With the help of elves, reindeer, etc. he is able to save his family and recognize his true p ...more
Mary Anne
Little Santa lives with his parents and siblings (six!) at the North Pole. Life is hard there, there is much work to be done to be safe and warm in the extreme climate. But Little Santa doesn't mind. One time a huge snowstorm comes along. Little Santa sets off to find help for his stranded family. He comes upon a group of elves and a reindeer that can fly! The rest of the Claus family of happy to meet the elves and reindeer but they have had enough of the North Pole. They move to Florida. Santa ...more
Jacquelin Devlin
Little ones will love this book about Santa as a child. Dressed in a little red hoody, he plays in the snow and slides down the chimney, happy as he can be -- until his family decides to move to Florida! When a blizzard delays their leaving, he sets off for help and finds a flying reindeer and a houseful of elves who make life for his family much easier. The family moves anyway, leaving Santa behind. And as author Jon Agee says, "you know the rest of the story."
Melanie
A marvelous new book about the origins of Santa Claus. Only, not really.

Santa is the youngest of 7 children. Their lives in the North Pole are miserable. There's always wood to chop and snow to shovel and quilts to mend. The family has had enough and decide to move to Florida. However, the morning they try to leave, they find themselves snowed in. Santa, being the youngest and smallest, offers to shimmy up the chimney and go for help.

While looking for help Santa comes across a reindeer who offer
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Sarah Adamson
This is a really fun Christmas story. It tells about Santa as the youngest of the Claus family, living together in the harsh North Pole. The Claus family decide to move to Florida but Santa wants to stay. When a blizzard traps them in the house, it's up to Santa to save the day and meet new friends; a flying reindeer and a house full of elves.
Fun, adventures and a nice kids story on Santa as a child.
Jackie
Long ago, little Santa lived in the North Pole with his family. Horrors! They wanted to move to Florida, but Santa said 'won't you miss the pine trees, snow, and icicles? They didn't think so, but the next morning they were trapped by a huge snowstorm. How will they get out?

Santa to the rescue! He shimmied up the chimney, met a friendly reindeer who gave him a ride to the nearest house full of elves. They went back to Santa's house to help the family...and help, they did. But, it just couldn't
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Becky Kondritz
One of my favorites I pulled today. This book tells the story of Santa's childhood. Very cute. Very clever. Could use it (maybe) with my older studetns.
Mrs. Carey
This is a very cute story of Santa Claus when he was young and growing up. It explains how and why Santa ended up living at the North Pole.
Tracie
With a dash of humor, Agee imagines the childhood of Santa Claus and sets the scene for his grown-up adventures. A cute pick for December sharing.
Elizabeth K.
This was our favorite of the new Christmas books this year, it's a very secular story about Santa as a kid, who loves the snow and is a good egg in general. I liked that it's funny (his family wants to move to Florida to get away from the weather at the North Pole) but not sneering -- it still manages to be very cute and sincere. It was also a hit with Lucy (at two years old), we don't always have the same taste in books these days, but it was no hardship at all to read this almost nightly durin ...more
S
Love this original story that will join the stack of Christmas favorites!
Christine
Simple and sweet illustrations that go along well with this fun story about Santa when he was a boy. Little Santa saves his family from being snowed in with the help of his new friends, a reindeer and a bunch of elves.
Linda
I just finished shopping and managed to read this at my local Indie bookstore. Oh my, I didn’t buy it, but maybe soon! It would be wonderful paired with The Christmas Magic. The story of Santa begins with his family, having a tough time keeping everything going up in the far north. The parents decide to move to Florida, but a huge snowstorm stops them. What happens then begins Santa’s history, and you’ll have to read to find out the rest! The illustrations are sweet and detailed with lots to loo ...more
Shannon Rickert
so this is how it alllllll began!!!!!!! you all need to read this!!
Janet
One of my son's favourites last year and this year.
Maia
favorite new book (to us) this holiday season
Rachel Placchetti
The origin story of Santa Claus! I love the big, clear illustrations and am completely smitten with little Santa's red suit. Can't wait to share this one with all my favorite kids next year!
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