Here Comes Santa Claus

by Gene Autry, Oakley Haldeman, Illustrations by Bruce Whatley

HarperCollins, October, 2002.
Picture Book, 32 pages.
ISBN: 0060282681
Ages 3 and up

Here Comes Santa Claus by Gene Autry, Oakley Haldeman This children's book takes the beloved Christmas song "Here Comes Santa Claus" by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman, and turns it into an adorable, illustrated short story. Each verse in the song is presented as a page in the book with attractive and colorful illustrations by Bruce Whatley. The story and drawings tell the tale of Santa Claus heading out for his annual Christmas deliveries with a small puppy that has secretly stowed away on his sleigh. Fortunately, Santa ends up needing the puppy as a gift for a special young boy who has been dreaming of having a puppy all of his very own. The inside front and back covers of the book include the words and music to the song, so if you have a guitar or piano, you can play and/or sing along. Whatley, whose illustrations have appeared in other children's favorites like Captain Pajamas and The Ugliest Dog in the World, captures the magic of Christmas in his drawings: the puppy who longs for an owner, the joy in the boy's face when he receives the puppy and Santa happily delivering his presents around the world. This is a great book to read and share with children on the days leading up to Christmas.

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This review was published in the December-January, 2003 of The Internet Writing Journal.

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