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REVIEW: The Twelve Laws of Santa Claus by Christopher Hogan Lay

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Title: The Twelve Laws of Santa Claus

Author: Christopher Hogan Lay | Illustrator: Christopher Hogan Lay

Publisher: Claus Laws, LLC | Published: December 12, 2012

Theme: Christmas and Life Principles 

Character Origin: Santa

Book Type: Picture Book  | Pages: 68

Ages: 3-9 | Book Level: — | Lexile Measure:

Book Synopsis…

No more naughty list! The Twelve Laws of Santa Claus™ is an illustrated book for everyone of any age by Christopher Hogan Lay. Peace, Love, and Joy are just the beginning as the book reveals guidelines to help bring Christmas Spirit to the world all year long from the iconic and benevolent sage. Do you know The Twelve Laws Of Santa Claus?

My overall thoughts…

I can’t believe that Christmas is right around the corner. I’ve waited all year to dive into this book. To spend time with my family this holiday season, this was one of the few books that I read this month. The heartfelt message is one that will stay with you and your little one. I love that this book includes conversation starters. It is easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle that we lose sight of the reason for the season. Hogan Lay brings the focus back to Christmas. 

The illustrations and text…

The font type and size make the text easy to read. My primary critique would be the illustrations. While they are vibrant and colorful, they had a psychedelic aspect that distracts from the quality of the text. A possible remedy could be dialing back on the color intensity/abstraction and adding more white space. There was no synergy with the wording and imagery. While I was able to appreciate the diversity of the Santas, I can see that being confusing to the reader. 

The text was the real highlight for me. The poetic prose was thoughtfully written and had a nice rhythmic flow. The message is veracious yet subtle enough that a child can understand–ingenious. The principles that Hogan Lay delineates set the groundwork for some intriguing conversations. This is a book that you and your kids are sure to enjoy.  

I’ll give it…