THE SANTA THIEF, by Alane Adams, Spark Press, Book Review

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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


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 through me off of it.

I give this book:



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