A Kidnapped Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum, Alex Robinson

A Kidnapped Santa Claus by L. Frank Baum, Alex Robinson (2009/1904)

72 pages

Goodreads Summary: First published in 1904, “A Kidnapped Santa Claus” by L. Frank Baum, the author of The Wizard of Oz, describes the action of some uncommon events in the land of Santa. Not far from the Laughing Valley where Santa and all his magical helpers live, and beyond the Forest of Burzee, there stands a huge mountain that contains the Cave of Demons. Each demon has a specialty: Selfishness, Envy, Hatred, Malice, and Repentance. Because the promise of Santa puts all girls and boys on their best behavior, the demons have hardly any visitors to their caves. In order to remedy their dismal foot traffic, they conspire to kidnap Santa But oh even when it looks as if the demons might win, one can never underestimate the power of devoted (and magical ) friends.

Adapted by Alex Robinson, author of several graphic novels, the action and menace of the tale will be enhanced and lightly spoofed. It seems a most appropriate treatment of Baum’s work — he was an author who often let his profound and unsettling meanings roil beneath the surface of his otherwise fanciful stories.

This is a short little story originally written by L. Frank Baum, the author of The Wizard of Oz.  It was adapted into a graphic novel and tells the story of Santa Claus getting kidnapped.  Then some of his friends have to help him get the presents delivered so all the children don’t get upset.

There were some interesting points as far as the monsters who wanted children to get angry and upset without any presents.  They kidnap Santa Claus so on Christmas morning everyone will be upset and go to the dark side or whatever the negative emotions of the monsters represent.

It was a quite simplistic story but it’s short, fun, and will get you in the holiday mood if you’re looking for something unique to read.

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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