A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
The father timidly spies on Santa, who acknowledges him wordlessly but kindly.
Positive Role Models
Santa, of course, is a cheerful, energetic character.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know there’s nothing of concern in this rendering of the well-known holiday poem. Young children may need some help understanding some of the language -- the poem was written nearly 200 years ago -- but they’ll have no trouble understanding the story. Santa smokes a pipe as he works.
Is It Any Good?
“A Visit from St. Nicholas” has been reproduced in a great many forms; and here it is packaged with what the publishers call AniMotion technology; unfortunately, it just doesn't work.
Many of the pages feature a full-color image that appears to move beneath a black-striped layer of acetate. The technique is reminiscent of a zoetrope. As readers turn the pages, stars twinkle, a cat startles, Santa’s belly ripples with laughter. It’s a fun idea, but the animations are dark and hard to see, and the static images are rather ho-ho-hum. The novelty -- and appeal -- is short-lived. The static illustrations are pleasant enough, but the moving images are difficult to see.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.