Title: Jolly Old Santa Claus
Author: MaryJane Hooper Tonn
Illustrator: George Hinke
Publisher: Ideals Pubns
Date of publication: June 30th, 2007 (originally published September 1st, 2005)
Genre: Children’s Fiction
POV: 3rd person
Book synopsis (from Goodreads):
A Christmas classic newly designed in a large hardcover format. Children are naturally curious about Santa Claus and will delight in this behind-the-scenes look at Santas workshop. The story follows Santas Christmas season, from reading childrens letters to the celebration of a job well done on Christmas Day.
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Jolly Old Santa Claus is a hardcover board book that my now 11 and 9-year-old got for Christmas in 2008 from BK’s parents. It was B’s 3rd and Z’s 1st Christmas and what a perfect gift. It is also bittersweet because BK’s father passed away a month and a half later.
The story itself is very cute. It tells the story of Santa, Mrs. Claus, the reindeer and the elves getting ready for Christmas Eve, delivering the gifts and Santa’s return home. Written with 1-2 sentences per page, it is perfect for little ones who can’t wait to get to the end of the story.
The illustrations are beautiful. Written opposite of the story, you can’t help but look at them while reading the story. They are truly beautiful and they add so much more detail to the story. Look at the cover illustration. All the drawings are just as beautifully done.
This book is not just a Christmas time favorite. B, Z and now R asked/ask for me to read it on an almost daily basis. For me, it keeps the magic and spirit of Christmas alive throughout the whole year.