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THE DOG WHO SAVED SANTA by Y Kelley

THE DOG WHO SAVED SANTA

By Y Kelley (Author) , Y Kelley (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Sept. 15th, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-8234-2120-6
Publisher: Holiday House

In this unusual holiday interpretation, Santa is a young and callow fellow who doesn’t really care about getting the job done on Christmas Eve. His faithful dog, Rodney, and the hardworking elves work frantically to accomplish all the holiday tasks, while Santa snoozes in the sleigh. After Christmas, Rodney takes matters in hand and orders a self-help video that inspires him (but not Santa), and then the resourceful dog teaches his owner some new tricks with a comical self-improvement plan. Rodney turns off the TV, puts Santa on a healthy diet and an exercise program and even sends him to driver’s ed. During these improvements, Santa’s beard grows in, indicating his increasing maturity, and by the final spread he’s become the familiar white-bearded, hardworking Santa, driving the sleigh with Rodney relaxing in the back seat. Though it’s a little strange to see an adolescent slacker Santa, Kelley pulls it off with her droll humor in both text and illustrations, aided by a memorable canine character—who’s not done reforming holiday icons yet. (Picture book. 3-6)