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A Kidnapped Santa Claus Hardcover – Oct 26 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Dey Street Books (Oct. 26 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061782408
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061782404
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 13.3 x 1.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,632,755 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4c6ddbc) out of 5 stars Spirited Adaptation of a Minor Christmas "Classic" Nov. 26 2009
By John Miller - 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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4c6de10) out of 5 stars A fun premise and an quick read, this was a good story. Dec 10 2015
By Fire Dad ^6 - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
From the creator of the Wizard of Oz, this is a quick read and a very short story about Santa being kidnapped. I picked up the book thinking it was a funny premise and I enjoyed the story. This is worth the read. 4 Stars
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4efa108) out of 5 stars "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
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
"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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4c6dfe4) out of 5 stars 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4efa63c) out of 5 stars A NEW STORY FOR ME March 18 2016
By Vickie Woodard - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I've read several of the Wizard of Oz stories written by Baum, but hadn't even heard of this one.
It tells of 5 demons (alt sp Daemons) so jealous of the happiness Santa brings that they decide to stop him.
What happens next is wonderful!