Review: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum

Every year I plan on reading at least one sort of holiday book for the season. Some years are better than others, I would like to read more but it’s always hard to work them into my review schedule but this year, it worked out for me to read a couple of holiday books!

The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus was written by the same guy who wrote The Wizard of Oz! I had no idea that he wrote other works let alone holiday books so this was a real treat for me to read this holiday season.

This short, quick read is perfect for children and adults alike.Baum chronicles Santa’s life from his childhood in an enchanted forest—the same forest that is the source of all magic in the land of Oz—to his destiny of sharing gifts and spreading love to all he meets.

Along the way we witness him making his first toys, learn the origins of the Christmas tree and Christmas stockings, and discover the stories behind many Christmas secrets, like why Santa slides down chimneys, how he picks his reindeer, and how he delivers all his toys in one night. While this story of Santa is a little different from traditional Santa stories (this one Santa is in the pagan world so to speak), it’s still super festive and a version that will thrill children and adults!

One reviewer described this book as “neither for the Realist nor the Religious, but for those of us who like a nice bit of drifting in the spaces between” and I would completely agree with that statement. While there is magic and folklore in this book, there is plenty of realism…’s truly a wonderful read for the holiday season.

One of the things that I love about Penguin edition books, is their ability to design interactive, intriguing editions for readers. This is just the kind of book I can see families sitting down after Christmas Eve dinner to read aloud together. It’s short and will get readers in the holiday spirit. The inside has beautiful illustrations for reader and audience to enjoy.

The book itself is beautifully designed—with foil-stamped jackets, decorative end papers, and nameplates for personalization—and printed in a small trim size that makes them perfect stocking stuffers!

The cover of this book just begs to be read. When it first arrived in my mailbox I instantly fell in love with the charming red cardinal on the cover! Penguin knows how to do the holidays right by designing sweet covers for wonderful holiday reads and gifts. This book has been out as a decoration on my table since Thanksgiving and everyone who comes by to visit always picks it up and takes a look!

This book will satisfy even to pickiest holiday readers…’s a timeless classic with a beautiful cover that can be read very quickly. How can you go wrong giving this book as a gift!

Challenge/Book Summary:

Book: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum

  • Hardcover, 176 pages
    Published October 6th 2015 by Penguin Classics (first published 1902)
    ISBN 0143128531 (ISBN13: 9780143128533)
  • Review copy provided by: Publisher/Author in exchange for an honest review

This book counts toward: NA

  • Hosted by: NA
  • Books for Challenge Completed: NA

Recommendation: 5 out of 5

Genre: Classic, holiday reads

Memorable lines/quotes: NA

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