Parents' Guide to

I See Santa Everywhere

By Patricia Tauzer, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Funny but rough-looking Santas make this older-kid fare.

Book Glenn McCoy Holiday 2008
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age 13+

Based on 1 parent review

age 13+

Questionable Material

I saw the cover of this book online from our library and decided to check it out. I wish I would have looked at it before I read it to my 6 and 8 year old. It has Santa smoking a pipe, getting a tattoo and showing a bum crack. To me it was inappropriate for my children. I think it was sending the wrong message. The idea was original, but executed poorly.

Is It Any Good?

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Overall, this book is clever and funny though not really appropriate for the young kids who are part of its intended audience. Those readers might be better served with one of the many versions of the original story, which has a number of illustrated versions. While I SEE SANTA EVERYWHERE derives easily from the traditional idea that Santa is everywhere, keeping an eye on every child's behavior, this version is an obvious exaggeration that is raised to the level of the absurd.

Whether readers appreciate it will rest partly on their relationship with Santa, and partly on their appreciation of cartoon artistry. Readers old enough to understand the playfulness of Santa's image, especially his judging of whose "naughty" and "nice," will appreciate the strange, sometimes bizarre humor with which Glenn McCoy has created his imagined Santas. His cartooning is excellent. In fact, it's the best part of the book, and the part that redeems the questionable tone.

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