When Santa Was a Baby

Publisher: Tundra Books
Santa's parents think their little one is absolutely wonderful, even though he has a booming voice instead of a baby's gurgle, loves to stand in front of the refrigerator, gives his birthday presents away, trains his hamsters to pull a matchbox sleigh ... and has an unusual interest in chimneys. The adorably funny portrait of an oddball kid who fulfills his destiny - and two very proud parents.

PRAISE FOR

“Simple illustrations with white backgrounds use textured surfaces and blurred edges that provide a nostalgic feel of remembered childhood .... There have been several recent stories about Santa's origins, but this one is the shortest and simplest, accessible to the youngest of Santa's fans.” - Kirkus Reviews


“.... a clever take on the Santa myth that develops him as a character with his own thoughts and motivations .... Godbout’s cozy artwork gives the book the feel of a classic while also offering some cheeky moments – as when a young Santa stands naked in front of an open fridge, trying to cool down.” - Starred Review, Publishers Weekly


“A fond, reassuring look at the eccentric childhood of a much-beloved holiday figure.” - School Library Journal


“Warm, textured pastel and colored-pencil illustrations on generous double-page spreads enrich this gentle, humorous, love-suffused tale. “ - The Horn Book


“Warmth and softness abound, with each character sporting rosy round cheeks and button-black eyes. The art evokes a vintage style that further strengthens and supports the book’s nostalgic appeal. When Santa Was a Baby will make a wonderful addition to any holiday-book collection. Sure to spread joy to readers of all ages year after year, much like the jolly old man in red himself.” - Quill & Quire