This book introduces us to Santa as a child. A spoiled, lazy, indifferent child. And to his clever dog, who teaches himself business, graphic design, and teaching in order to save X-mas. Rodney further serves as a coach and role model for this slacker of a Santa, who grows into the admirable old elf we know today.
Amidst saccharine and tired X-mas fare, this book stands out for its humor, good nature, and ultimately, the lesson it has to teach about teamwork, responsibility and doggedness. (I couldn't resist!) But it is never preachy, never boring, and delightfully funny and clever.
My daughter loves this book, and I think it's because she identifies with the child version of Santa, and appreciates the great effort that X-mas takes to produce.