By William Joyce, Laura Geringer
Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2011
Audience: Children, Tweens
Before SANTA was SANTA, he was North, Nicholas St. North—a daredevil swordsman whose prowess with double scimitars was legendary. Like any swashbuckling young warrior, North seeks treasure and adventure, leading him to the fiercely guarded village of Santoff Claussen, said to be home to the greatest treasure in all the East, and to an even greater wizard, Ombric Shalazar. But when North arrives, legends of riches have given way to terrors of epic proportions! North must decide whether to seek his fortune…or save the village.
This book was an incredibly fast read. It looks thick, but there are so many pictures it goes by fast (and the pictures were fantastic.) I picked this one up because I heard about the movie and liked the idea. It's kind of like fairy tales retold, and there is a wizard and a cool little girl, too! It was a great idea and the story was fun, but it was kind of slow. Don't get me wrong, it was beautifully written, but it didn't grab me 100%. I'm glad I read it, and I think these books will make beautiful movies. I look forward to seeing the movie!