You would have to be living under a rock if you're a reader not to know the name James Patterson. While his earliest books never made a big splash with the publication of Along Came A Spider, this author burst upon the bestseller screen and hasn't been off there or the lists since the early days of Alex Cross. And as if writing one suspense series wasn't enough, Mr. Patterson then began writing a second one which featured 4 women from different walks of life who band together to solve some real challenging murders. Most writers would be satisfied with their career at this point, but then Mr. Patterson wrote a very popular romance novel which was quickly followed by another one this year. And now to this ever growing list of genres, this year Mr. Paterson followed in the footsteps of other best-selling authors like John Grisham, Janet Evanovich and Fannie Flagg by writing a holiday book for children called "SantaKid." Once again I was curious as I've been before when Mr. Patterson wrote for a new genre that I couldn't miss the opportunity to read this book.
When a giant corporation takes over the North Pole and the elves and Santa's job, thinking they can do it better and faster, sound familiar -- it's up to "SantaKid," his beloved daughter to make things right. While Santa falls into a depression at the thought of losing his job, his beloved daughter fights with the leader of the corporation to make Christmas like last year and continues to hope along with the elves that somehow they will triumph. How "SantaKid" ultimately saves Christmas that year from big business is the focal point of the book.
This was a good read which I imagine children will enjoy. It also serves as a good lesson concerning the real meaning of the holidays. It should be added to other holiday books which tell a moral tale and can be read by all ages and appreciated. It is also much to Patterson's credit than he can cross over to other genres so successfully. In addition, I also must applaud the illustrator of this book who did a wonderful job of conveying the story through pictures. With bold colors and large figures I couldn't wait to see the next pages as the book became more alive.
I do recommend this book and wish all a happy holiday and ho ho ho!!!!!!