A child-sized Christmas hero
Going from sacred to secular, adult best-selling author James Patterson has written SantaKid. Young Chrissie, the narrator, lives at the North Pole, the daughter of S. and Mrs. Claus. Her world glistens, thanks to the stellar digital artwork of Michael Garland. She rollicks with the reindeer and frolics with the elves.
All is well until the evil Warrie Ransom flies in and announces that his company, Exmass Express, is going to buy Christmas. Everything changes, and now the elves have to make weird toys and duds designed to fall apart on the 315th day of each year.
Of course, it's up to young Chrissie to save the day, so she dons a red suit and delivers presents herself. She even makes a delivery to Warrie Ransom's house, melting his heart in the process. Christmas is saved, thanks to SantaKid. Children will eat up the nail-biting drama, and all will enjoy Garland's luminous illustrations.
Alice Cary writes from Groton, Massachusetts.