Tuesday, December 7, 2010

book talk tuesday

THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS by L. Frank Baum

IndieBound Description:Taking the beloved symbol of merriment out of his conventional trappings and into the world of imaginative folklore, Baum gives Santa Claus an exciting life. After growing up in an enchanted forest with elves and wood nymphs, evil Awgwas, and the master woodsman Ak, Claus makes his first toy, ventures out on Christmas Eve, chooses his reindeer, and starts climbing down chimneys.

My Thoughts:If you've read The Year of the Dog, you'll know I've had a bit Wizard of Oz fixation. That fixation manifested by me reading every book that Frank Baum wrote that I could get my hands on. One of those books was THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS which is a whimsical, light and fun reinterpretation of the Santa Claus myth. Some fun reading to get you in the spirit of the holidays!

4 comments:

Jillian RV said...

I didn't even really know that Frank Baum had written other books!
I'm a big fan of the Year of the Dog. So you liked the Wizard of Oz book as a kid, but did you ever act in a play version like Pacy in the book?

imaginethat4u said...

Thinking the same thing as Jillian. Now I am intrigued and want to find a copy. Just read the "The Wild Christmas Reindeer" by Jan Brett. I didn't know she had written anything but the Mittens and Hedgie books. Thankfully Anna finds much more interesting books in the school library then my son ever has....

mnw said...

Grace, have you read The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by Amelia C. Houghton (who originally published it under pen name Julie Lane)? Soooo good.

Grace Lin said...

Jillian--There really was a "Wizard of Oz" play in school, but I never got to play Dorothy. boo hoo!

imaginethat4u-it's been a while since I read this one, but I think I've read all of Baum's work--even "The Magical Monarch of Mo!"

mnw-You are the 2nd person to suggest that book to me! Will have to go check it out!