The Santa Thief

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Wonderful illustrations. The story itself is very different from many modern Christmases - gifts of a pincushion and keyring may seem 'at odds' with children's ideas of 'the best Christmas ever' (but this provides great opportunities for discussion). I have to admit that I was a bit concerned when I read an earlier review highlighting Santa's absence, but it all makes sense and provides a heartwarming ending. I don't understand why it is titled though.
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I liked the book, but the title was very misleading. I really wish it had a different title, but other than that the story was wonderul.
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The Santa Thief was a nice little story about a boy who is told that Santa won’t be coming this year. It’s set in the 1920s, and times are hard for Georgie’s family who would like nothing more than to buy him a new pair of ice skates, but they just can’t afford it, so Georgie decides that he’ll just have to be Santa himself!

I thought this book was written well and the illustrations were lovely, and I’m sure it will capture the heart of very young children, but I was a little disappointed by it. I didn’t find it that heartwarming or imaginative which is something I look for in festive stories.

However, The Santa Thief has a nice moral which I’m sure will be a hit with parents over the Christmas period. Worth a read.
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The Santa Thief is a picturebook written by Alane Adams and illustrated by Lauren Gallegos.  It's winter in Girard, Pennsylvania and the pond is completely frozen over--ready for a young boy to go skating!--but Georgie's ice skates are too small. All Georgie wants for Christmas is a new pair of skates. But times are tough in 1920s Pennsylvania, and he gets the disappointing news Santa might not come this year. Follow Georgie as he decides to take matters into his own hands and steals Santa's identity--and discovers what Christmas is all about. 

The Santa Thief is a Christmas tale with illustrations reminiscent of The Christmas Carol and other classics. I like that Georgie made his own Christmas joy by doing something positive for his family when he had earlier only been disappointed. It was nice that in the end his parents were able to get him the skates, while still showing that it was by working hard and saving rather than Santa that he got what he really wanted. I am not sure that parents trying to keep Santa's magic alive will want to share this read, and I have no idea why Thief was in the title. However, those trying to instill a little respect for hard work, charity, and the importance of thoughtfulness in gift giving might want to give this book a read.
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This is an amazingly cute story about the meaning of Christmas. I truly enjoyed reading it aloud to my kids, (ages 9, 7, and 4) and they all enjoyed the story. I loved following along with Georgie as he picked out the tree with his dad. A truly touching story, perfect for all families at Christmas.
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This a  beautiful story, with lovely illustrations of a 1920's  Pennsylvania winter when times are rough. 
All  Georgie wants for Christmas is a new pair of skates. He learns Santa might not make it this year. He soon discovers what the true meaning of what Christmas is all about.
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The artwork for this book is absolutely stunning! This is a lovely old-fashioned  story of hard times at Christmas, but finding the true joy in the season. I would have been satisfied if Georgie didn't get what he wanted for Christmas and instead learned the joy of giving alone; instead his gift seemed almost inefficacious.  But still, all in all, very lovely picture book for Christmas.
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The story is set in 1929, the beginning of the Great Depression. When Georgie and his dad are out chopping down their Christmas Tree, his father tells him that Santa might not be coming this year, "Times have been tough, even for Santa", father explains. Georgie begins to wonder if he even wants to cut down and decorate a tree if Santa is not coming. When mother talks to him about the real meaning of Christmas, he comes up with a plan. The images are lovely and really in keeping with the time period. It reminds me a bit of Norman Rockwell paintings. The message about giving is more important than receiving is demonstrated in a nice story. Overall a great addition to a family library.
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A cute story with a good lesson and predictable outcome. Very nice artwork. I'm not really a fan of the title though. I think it misses the mark. But it's sweet, and worth stocking.
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It’s winter in Girard, Pennsylvania and the pond is completely frozen over—ready for a young boy to go skating!—but Georgie’s ice skates are too small. All Georgie wants for Christmas is a new pair of skates. But times are tough in 1920s Pennsylvania, and he gets the disappointing news Santa might not come this year. Follow Georgie as he decides to take matters into his own hands—and discovers what Christmas is all about. The Santa Thief is a heartwarming tale of boyhood set in 1920s Pennsylvania for children ages 4–8.

Advance Praise

“A delightful take on the theme of a boy and his dog, full of detailed―and frequently funny―images and a valuable message about paying attention to the needs of your neighbors.”
―Kirkus Reviews

Available Editions
EDITION Hardcover
ISBN 9781940716862
PRICE $15.00 (USD)

My thanks to Netgalley and Spark Press, for a copy of this book to read and provide my honest review.

This is such a sweet story, with illustrations that highlight key points to the story in full colorful, page-filled art.
However, I just don’t get the title. I found it confusing once I’d read the story. I feel it should be something about Christmas Spirit, or about the gift of family, understanding, appreciation, but the Santa Thief?  I expected to read a story about a thief who steals something while dressed up as Santa Claus…

So I’m a little disappointed with this aspect of the book. The story and artwork demand a better title. If children can get past the confusing title, they will enjoy the engaging story about family during a time of struggles leading up to the Great Depression era.

I wanted to like this book more, I really did. But the title just irked me.
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I think this book needs a new title.  I was expecting something cheeky and fun loving.  Instead I got a heartfelt book that many parents should read to their children during holidays.  Our little boy really wants a pair of ice skates for Christmas, but his parents warn that Santa may not be able to make it this year.  Times are tight and tough.  The little boy decides to be Santa for his family and make gifts he thinks they will love.  In the end he gets his skates, but not from Santa.

I think the reason I love this so much is that it shows a parent skimping and saving to get their child his wildest dreams.  At Christmas there is a movement to make the small gifts from Santa and the big gifts from mom and dad.  This is so that children don’t question why some kids get expensive extravagant gifts from Santa, and others get socks and underwear.  I love how this story gets the concept across in a way that a child could understand.  It’s perfect.
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This book follows a boy named Georgie and how he was really looking forward to Christmas. He had written to Santa for a new pair of ice skates because his was too small. The story was set in the 1920's and I loved how it painted the picture of the hardships and poverty-stricken times but I really didn't care much how it ended. Children are only children for such a short time and I am sure when Georgie was older he would realize that his parents worked and struggled to buy him those skates. He didn't need to have the magic of the season taken away from him like it was. If they wanted to stake claim to the gift in the first place, why even let Georgie believe in Santa? As an adult, I very much enjoyed the beautiful illustrations but I would not recommend it for kids that believe in Santa.
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This picture would be a great addition for a Libraries preschool collection. and it features the enjoy of Christmas.
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This heartwarming book is a perfect read for Christmas or to give as a gift.  

The setting is rutal Pennsylvania in the year 1929.  Georgie and his hardworking dad, the day before Christmas, set out to cut down the perfect Christmas tree for the festive occasion.  Georgie is excited because he has sent a letter off to Santa requesting a brand new pair of ice skates because his old ones are too small. He assures his father he is worthy of a new pair because he has been a good boy, he did all of his chores like he was asked, and he got very good marks in school so it's a ringer that his request should be granted.  Georgie's dad's reply makes him very sad indeed...

"Papa patted his shoulder." I don't know if Santa's coming this year, Georgie.  Times have been tough, even for Santa.  Maybe next year."

Georgie is devasated.  What's the use of having Christmas at all then if he can't get his skates. Might as well just cancel it.  He refuses to help his mom decorate the new tree and is sent to his room to think about what Christmas is really all about.

"Christmas isn't about the gifts," Mama scolded. "It's about doing something special for others. Why don't you go to your room and think about that?"

Poor George, Christmas is ruined for him... or is it?  While laying in his room he has an epiphany and decides to make Christmas a happy, memorable time for his parents instead of wallowing in his self-pit and woe.  He stays up most of the night designing himself a Santa suit from dad's old long johns and he creates perfect gifts to give to both his mom and to his dad.  Will Georgie get rewarded for his transformation from a Grinch's heart into one of unconditional sharing and giving?  

Georgie finally discovers the true meaning of Christmas and gets his just reward. 

The illustrations are life-like, colourful and so expressive.  This is the third picture book by award-winning Alane Adams and illustrator Lauren Gallegos, in the series of "Thief" stories.  This book will be a delightful and meaningful start to your holiday season.  I highly recommend this book.
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Beautiful illustrations and a charming Christmas story to make your heart melt.  A lovely reminder to children that not everyone is flush with money for fancy gifts, and thoughtful presents from the heart have much more magic!
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A lovely short story about spending time with family during Christmas and a reminder of how important family is during Christmas. Lovely bright and colourful illustrations that perfectly match the book!
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I wasn't impressed with this book. It was a little too simplistic for me, and it didn't have a cohesive point to the story. I wanted more depth to sink my teeth into.
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Below is my review to appear on www.thescrapbookgirl.co.uk on the 7th November (publishing date). 

Hi everyone! I have another book review for you. This time we have Children's literature, a book named 'The Santa Thief' written by Alane Adams and Illustrated by Lauren Gallegos. Published by SparkPress.

The blurb reads:

It’s winter in Girard, Pennsylvania and the pond is completely frozen over—ready for a young boy to go skating!—but Georgie’s ice skates are too small. All Georgie wants for Christmas is a new pair of skates. But times are tough in 1920's Pennsylvania, and he gets the disappointing news Santa might not come this year. Follow Georgie as he decides to take matters into his own hands—and discovers what Christmas is all about. The Santa Thief is a heartwarming tale of boyhood set in 1920's Pennsylvania for children ages 4–8.

I decided to read this book to my Children, my eldest is 5 so he's right within the target audience. The book brings home the message of what Christmas can be about and the values of it.

*spoilers alert*

This book does not actually contain Santa in person. At all. I would have thought that would be a downside but actually it was refreshing to see a book that highlighted the hard work Parent's put in over the year and how they want to give a gift to their child. Last warning for a spoiler....

The main Character, Georgie, wants some new ice skating boots for Christmas. His Parent's have had a difficult financial year and when asked if Santa can bring his Skates, Georgie is told that Santa 'has a lot on his mind". I know that feeling! He's then also told he may have to wait until next year.

Later in the book after a sulk and stern word from his Mother, Georgie ends up making his own Santa costume and creating gifts for his Parents. The spirit of Christmas is brought into the book and a valuable lesson for our main Character.

It ends with Georgie being presented with the gift he wanted all along, new skates! The book has stuck to the story line and the Father explains that no, these are not from Santa. He worked REALLY hard to get the money to pay for them, they are Georgie's parent's gifts to him. How many parent's have wanted to say "I bought you those gifts, hours of work, months of planning!!" but instead some jolly mythical creature gets to take the credit! As you can imagine, I much appreciated this part of the book.

Now as I read this to my Son and Daughter (younger at 2 and a half), I did wonder if the "but where's Santa?" questions would arise. However they didn't. I feel the book has cleverly included the Character of Santa but postponed him for a year.

Another element I need to mention and haven't yet is the illustrations. They literally bring the book to life. I loved the artwork in this book, the rich colours and detail. A festive palette has been chosen and it works well with the story, bringing it to life.

Overall I would give this book a rating of 5 out of 5. I think it's important to show the values of Christmas and remind people it's about family. I know mine mean the world to me, there's nothing better than spending time with them around Christmas.

Thank you for stopping by,

Kelly xxx
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My daughter and I enjoyed this book. I liked that the book was based around family spending time together and their traditions. The boy and the dad getting the tree then the boy and his mum decorating. I also liked the Santa wasn't the main event in the book family was.
We will definitely be reading again around Christmas time.
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So freaking adorable. I love Christmas and am a huge sucker for a good "meaning of Christmas" type of story that is just really feel-good. This hit the nail on the head. Unsure of why "Thief" is in the title. Also, I like that instead of telling Georgie that Santa DID in fact bring him the skates, his parents told him the truth. They worked really hard for the money for those skates. Good story. Good morals.
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