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Little Santa

3.93  ·  Rating Details ·  464 Ratings  ·  102 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
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 17th 2013 by Dial Books
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Oct 29, 2013 Tasha rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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
Nov 20, 2014 Andrew Lovell rated it liked it
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
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.
Mar 08, 2016 Sandy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens, won, holiday
This story was amazing! I mean it was creative, it was fun, it had depth and I loved the storyline. This one is definitely a keeper!! I never gave it much thought about Santa being a child. My grandfather played Santa for years at the fire station in the small town where he lived and the kids around town flocked to him. There would be lines outside the door as he made his entrance from the fire truck when it came to a stop. I would think to myself, this man is my grandfather, yet these children ...more
Oct 05, 2014 Jrowe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: libs-642
Agee, J. (2013). Little Santa. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers.

Choice Book
Picture Book
2014 Notable Children's Book
Association of Library Science for Children

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
Nathaniel Mccombs
Sep 26, 2014 Nathaniel Mccombs rated it liked it
Shelves: 5-picture-story
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
Jun 13, 2015 Matthew rated it really liked it
Shelves: holiday-books
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
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.
Feb 14, 2014 Diane rated it really liked it
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
Apr 28, 2014 Sami Wilson rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 24, 2014 Stephanie Croaning rated it really liked it
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 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
Jennifer Parrish
Dec 04, 2014 Jennifer Parrish rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 27, 2013 Cory rated it it was ok
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.
Reese Januik
Oct 01, 2015 Reese Januik rated it really liked it
Many children love learning to read this book, and love having it read to them. This picture book is a great book to read to children around the holidays, Jon Agee's Little Santa depicts how Santa Claus became the jolly old Santa that kids know and love. Right before the Claus family moves to Florida, they are snowed in by a blizzard. Santa goes to extreme measures to save his family, he climbs up a chimney, meets a reindeer, meets many elves, and rides home in a sled to get his family out of th ...more
Sarah Thompson
Dec 17, 2014 Sarah Thompson rated it really liked it
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
Feb 12, 2014 Mary Anne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
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
Aug 06, 2014 Jacquelin Devlin rated it liked it
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."
Dec 30, 2015 Luann rated it really liked it
Recommended to Luann by: Marie J.
Ever wonder what Santa was like as a child? I've read several other stories that answer that question, but I thought this was a fun and different way to answer the question. This was simple in both text and illustrations, but I think that's a part of its charm. Some of the details just made me laugh - in a good way! I loved Little Santa's always-red suit and the quick talents of the elves. Holy snowflake! This would be a nice Christmas read-aloud story.
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
Sarah Adamson
Dec 30, 2014 Sarah Adamson rated it really liked it
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.
Nov 02, 2015 Roxanne rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
Really cute. The art's the best part. There are elements to the story I don't love (it's not a historically accurate representation of Santa Claus's origin story! Because things like that bother me! And also (view spoiler)
Little John
Dec 03, 2015 Little John rated it really liked it
"Great! My favourite part was was when little Santa got the sleigh & the elves dug his parents out of the snow bank."

Read for Day 2 of our Bookish Advent Calendar 2015. The 21 month old adored this book! She really connected to the baby-looking Santa and the "ho ho ho!"
Jennifer Lewis
Little Santa instantly brought me back to my childhood. Captured my eye and my imagination! A story of Santa's childhood, who wouldn't want to know what he was like as a little boy? Little Santa will strike up conversation for hours.
Mckayla Pietrowski
I think this book could have a lot of potential if it had a better plot. I think the end of this story could be upsetting to some kids. It is a good christmas story but some parts of the book could be tweaked.
Nov 21, 2013 Jackie rated it really liked it
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
Becky Kondritz
Jun 18, 2014 Becky Kondritz rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 26, 2014 Mrs. Carey rated it really liked it
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.
Feb 13, 2014 Tracie rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture_books
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.
Dec 28, 2013 Elizabeth K. rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-lucy
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
Jan 21, 2016 Beverly rated it liked it
Reviewed for Mock Caldecott Awards. A nice little story about how Santa got to be who he was. I did not like the illustrations.
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