Wednesday, December 20, 2017

HOLIDAY COUNTDOWN Review: When Santa Was a Baby by Linda Bailey

Title: When Santa Was a Baby
Illustrator: Geneviève Godbout
Author: Linda Bailey
Format: egalley
Pub. Date: October 13th 2015
Source: Netgalley

Book Description:

Santa's parents think their little one is absolutely wonderful, even though he has a booming voice instead of a baby's gurgle, loves to stand in front of the refrigerator, gives his birthday presents away, trains his hamsters to pull a matchbox sleigh ... and has an unusual interest in chimneys. The adorably funny portrait of an oddball kid who fulfills his destiny - and two very proud parents.



This is the cutest picture book. It serves to answer a very interesting question: what was Santa like as a child?

The answer is charming, warm, and adorable. He starts finding his "Santa-ly" interests early on, from his love of red to his interest in chimneys. It's quirky and cute, and it's exactly how I'd like to think Santa would have been as a tot.

The artwork is gorgeous. The colors are bright, sure to keep a child's interest. It's detailed, and a distinct artwork that makes it look like it's a throwback to an earlier decade. It makes it seem like even more of a classic because of this style, and I'm a fan of it.

I think this is sure to be a seasonal favorite with kids who still have the wonders of Santa and Christmas in their hearts.

I received a copy in exchange for my honest review.


  1. This book sounds absolutely adorable and I'd love to get my hands on it. Your reviews are always a fantastic look into what the books hold within their covers.