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A Kidnapped Santa Claus Hardcover – Oct 26 2009

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Alex Robinson's books includeBox Office Poison,Tricked,Alex Robinson's Lower Regions, andToo Cool to Be Forgotten. He lives in New York City with his wife and their pets, Krimpet and Wrigley.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Spirited Adaptation of a Minor Christmas "Classic" Nov. 26 2009
By Anastasia Beaverhausen - Published on
Format: Hardcover
There's a reason that L. Frank Baum's "A Kidnapped Santa Claus" has always been less than classic when it comes to Christmas tales: The mythology is too much to grasp in the span of a short story. The "daemons" that kidnap Santa go by the names of Selfishness, Envy, Hatred, and Repentance (a fifth, Malice, is not included in Robinson's adaptation). As a way to teach children the perilousness of vices, "A Kidnapped Santa Claus" would seem to have a daunting task.

Baum goes several steps further, though, complicating matters with layers of original mythology. His Santa doesn't live at the North Pole--instead, he lives in Laughing Valley on the border of the Forest of Burzee. Instead of elves, he's assisted by knooks, ryls, fairies, and pixies. Over the course of Baum's novel "The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus," things are easier to understand. As a standalone tale, though, there's too much going on.

Comic book artist Alex Robinson does an admirable job, illustrating Baum's story with beautiful black-and-white line art. His original dialogue and creations are welcome additions, updating the story for modern readers. (One of the Santa's fairies, Wisk, is now a female with a crush on her co-worker Kilter, providing some much-needed humor.) Still, Robinson can't solve the central problem of the short story, which is that it is ends up too complicated for a children's book...and too silly for adults to appreciate. It's probably better suited to an animated film--it would be interesting to see what Tim Burton (or even Pixar or Dreamworks) could do with Baum's story, Robinson's new creations, and 90 minutes of screen time.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Kidnap the Sandy Claws! Dec 4 2009
By J. Alford - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Harper Collins released this small hardcover graphic novel based on L. Frank Baum's original book, A Kidnapped Santa Claus, adapted by Alex Robinson(Box Office Poison). The book was a followup to Baum's The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus which told Santa's origins. In this story, Santa gets captured by some evil demons, so a bunch his elves and fairy friends(including Zurline)mount a rescue. This actually turned out to be a great comic for young readers, and I highly recommend it as a holiday gift.
"Now we can cross the Shifting Sands." ~ final remarks of Lyman Frank Baum, author of "The Wizard of Oz" and this very tale Dec 1 2014
By Don Kidwell - Published on
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"And all because of this person they call Santa Claus!" exclaimed the Daemon of Envy. "He is simply ruining our business, and something must be done at once." Enjoyable tale full of mystical creatures (reminiscent of those type found in the Oz books) as Santa is kidnapped by the evil Daemons and an army of knooks, dainty ryls, pixies, gnomes and nymphs march to the rescue! Book begins with a very good, short biography of the author before launching into the story, which I truthfully found interesting in and of itself as I had know idea prior how many great ideas Baum had only for them to falter as a result of being before the times or otherwise poorly planned. Of course, once "The Wizard of Oz" was published there was no looking back on success from that time forward. As for "A Kidnapped Santa Claus" it was a fine book that followed the publication of "Oz" 4 years earlier and definitely worth a read.

From this Thanksgiving to Christmastime I will only be reviewing Holiday books for your reading pleasure before drastically scaling back my reviews, so until such a time have a very, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
It is best read after reading the novel as much of the ... Jan. 25 2015
By F. Orion Pozo - Published on
Format: Paperback
Written for the December 1904 Delineator magazine, A Kidnapped Santa Claus is a short story sequel to Baum's 1902 book The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. It is best read after reading the novel as much of the settings and characterization are developed in the novel. It is a lovely story that illustrates Baum's natural philosophy but is better included with the novel than sold alone. The story tells of one particular Christmas eve when five Daemons named Selfishness, Envy, Hatred, Malice, and Repentance, who live in caves in the mountain near Santa's home, decide to kidnap him to ruin the happiness of children on Christmas morning.
A Kidnapped Santa Claus April 26 2014
By Stephen W. Weatherman - Published on
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I chose this book because it was written by L. Frank Baum. It wasn't what I expected but was still an enjoyable read.