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

The Life and Adventures of Santa ClausTitle: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus
Author: L. Frank Baum
Rating: 4/5 stars

“‘In all this world there is nothing so beautiful as a happy child,’ says L. Frank Baum’s delightful Santa Claus. These words also expressed the credo of the wonderfully imaginative creator of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. Taking the beloved symbol of a merry Christmas out of his conventional trappings and into the world of imaginative folklore. Baum gave Santa Claus an exciting life that evokes all the charm, warmth, and fantasy that made his Oz stories American classic.” (description from Goodreads)

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I’ve read the first few Oz books from Baum, and I’m enjoying that series. It’s fun and imaginative. That’s what I thought of this book as well, though only to a lesser extent. That’s not to say this book is worse than those of the Oz series, it’s just a different side of Baum’s writing.

The Santa Claus mythology we know today varies from culture to culture and generation to generation. While I’ve long outgrown the holiday traditions from my childhood, this book didn’t lack in a story to draw me in and think about Santa again in my 26th year of life. Baum, like he’s known for, was able to create in a short novel, a vast world full of magic and creatures that life just outside of the human realm. Some elements are recognizable, and others may have been Baum’s own creation. not being a Santa scholar, I’ll take it as what it is, an origin story of Baum’s own mind. A refreshing one for me as a reader who grew up with Tim Allen’s Santa and many other very different versions.

I’m glad I finally picked this one up. I continue to enjoy Baum’s stories for children and only wish I discovered them at a much earlier age to have enjoyed them all by this time in my life.

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This book is in the public domain, meaning you can grab a copy, FREE, from basically anywhere on the internet. Here are some links for the most popular spots:

Amazon | Project Gutenberg
(for some reason Kobo and B&N let me down on a free ebook version.)

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About the Author:

Lyman Frank Baum was an American author, actor, and independent filmmaker best known as the creator, along with illustrator W. W. Denslow, of one of the most popular books in American children’s literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, better known today as simply The Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen sequels, nine other fantasy novels, and a plethora of other works (55 novels in total, 82 short stories, over 200 poems, an unknown number of scripts, and many miscellaneous writings), and made numerous attempts to bring his works to the stage and screen.

One response to “#Review: The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus, by L. Frank Baum

  1. Pingback: Holiday Reading Recommendations! | A Life Among The Pages

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