Written and Illustrated by John Agee
Dial Books for Young Readers, 2013. Unpaged picture book.
As a little guy, Santa loves his home in the North Pole. But his family, including Mom, Dad, and six siblings (Larry, Mary, Willy, Millie, Joey, and Zoe), are ready to move on to warmer climes. Sadly, their plans are dashed when an epic blizzard strands them all indoors. Santa shimmies up the chimney, out into the snow, and finds a magical reindeer who joins him on his quest for help. The help comes in the form of dozens of hardworking elves. Little Santa is a fun, imaginative story of how Santa Claus came to be. This story is sure to become a Christmas classic. In a word, Agee's artwork is adorable. Details like Little Santa's red footie jammies and round little belly are delightful and really make this a visual treat.