Very much in the style of L. Frank Baum (The Wizard of Oz), this story shows that Harry Potter was not the first remarkably popular world hit in junior literature. A Kidnapped Santa Claus, a fun fantasy, is actually a continuation of the first novel Baum wrote in this vein, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. In it, he charts his hero's life from a foundling in the forest to becoming all children's favorite uncle. This story, though, has the advantage of brevity.More
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Perhaps Not a Classic, But a Good Listen
Along with Christmas music and wrapping paper, the Chrismas season should have a read or "listen" of a few seasonal selections. The book is very imaginative.
This is a short story originally published in a magazine in 1904. It takes less than half an hour to hear it all.