Dial Books, Hardcover, 9780803739062, 40pp.
Publication Date: October 17, 2013
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 of the house is up the chimney.Up goes Santa, to look for help, and along the way, he meets a reindeer and a large group of elves, who are more than eager to join in the rescue
With the sly humor of Jon Klassen and the read-aloud pleasure of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas, " this tale of Santa's beginnings is perfect for every kid's holiday library.
He is probably best known for his fourth book, "The Incredible Painting of Felix Clousseau", in which a mysterious painter's pictures come to life, wreaking havoc in turn-of-the-century Paris. His other books, featuring canine professors, forgotten astronauts, and guffawing grumps, are at times quirky, nonsensical, satiric, and always humorous. Their sophisticated wit appeals to kids and adults alike.
Somewhere along the line, Jon became obsessed with creating words and phrases that read the same backwards and forwards. The result was his first book of palindromes, "Go Hang a Salami! I'm a Lasagna Hog!" Its companion volume, "So Many Dynamos!", temporarily relieved Jon of his peculiar compulsion.
Jon has also written the book and lyrics to two musicals, B.O.T.C.H. and Flies in the Soup, which were performed at the TADA! theater in New York. He would happily continue to pursue this enterprise if he didn't need to eat.
In his spare time, Jon does a lot of doodling; or he might write a tongue twister, or an anagram, or a poem. Sometimes he draws a cartoon that gets published in "The New Yorker" magazine, which pleases him very much.
“Santa’s origins are explained in [this] quirky exploration of how Santa, the elves and the flying reindeer found their callings . . . A cheerful, original Christmas tale.”—Kirkus (starred review)