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A Kidnapped Santa Claus [Hardcover]

Alex Robinson

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Oct. 26 2009

First published in 1904, "A Kidnapped Santa Claus" by L. Frank Baum, the author of The Wizard of Oz, describes the action of some uncommon events in the land of Santa. Not far from the Laughing Valley where Santa and all his magical helpers live, and beyond the Forest of Burzee, there stands a huge mountain that contains the Cave of Demons. Each demon has a specialty: Selfishness, Envy, Hatred, Malice, and Repentance. Because the promise of Santa puts all girls and boys on their best behavior, the demons have hardly any visitors to their caves. In order to remedy their dismal foot traffic, they conspire to kidnap Santa! But oh! even when it looks as if the demons might win, one can never underestimate the power of devoted (and magical!) friends.

Adapted by Alex Robinson, author of several graphic novels, the action and menace of the tale will be enhanced and lightly spoofed. It seems a most appropriate treatment of Baum's work -- he was an author who often let his profound and unsettling meanings roil beneath the surface of his otherwise fanciful stories.


Product Details

  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (Oct. 26 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061782408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061782404
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 13.1 x 18.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,591,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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



L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) published The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900 and received enormous, immediate success. Baum went on to write seventeen additional novels in the Oz series. Today, he is considered the father of the American fairy tale. His stories inspired the 1939 classic film The Wizard of Oz, one of the most widely viewed movies of all time.

Michael Sieben is a professional designer and illustrator, primarily within the sub-culture of skateboarding, whose work has been exhibited and reviewed worldwide as well as featured in numerous illustration anthologies. He is a staff writer and illustrator for Thrasher magazine, and a weekly columnist for VICE.com. He is also a founding member of Okay Mountain Gallery and Collective in Austin, Texas, as well as the cofounder of Roger Skateboards. The author of There's Nothing Wrong with You (Hopefully), he lives and works in Austin.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Kidnap the Sandy Claws! Dec 4 2009
By J. Alford - Published on Amazon.com
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.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spirited Adaptation of a Minor Christmas "Classic" Nov. 26 2009
By Anastasia Beaverhausen - Published on Amazon.com
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.
3.0 out of 5 stars It's a comic book June 5 2014
By Heather Daniel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was expecting a regular story book and this one is a comic book/graphic novel. I was a bit disappointed. My daughter had to read the story for school and it was ok, but it needs to be listed as a comic or graphic novel.
3.0 out of 5 stars A Kidnapped Santa Claus April 26 2014
By Stephen W. Weatherman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I chose this book because it was written by L. Frank Baum. It wasn't what I expected but was still an enjoyable read.
2.0 out of 5 stars Interesting April 10 2014
By K. Avery - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
An interesting at to look at the holidays and at one of its most notable figures. The theory around the monsters a d the children of the world puts a different spin on things.

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