by Cynthia & Greg Leitich Smith
illustrated by Steve Bjorkman
published by Dutton Children's Books
The BlurbAlfie F. Snorklepuss doesn’t believe in Santa Claus, and he’s being a real pest about it. Cranky Alfie is everywhere—on TV, in the newspapers, over the radio—telling boys and girls what he thinks is the truth. Then, one Christmas Eve, the man in red himself packs up Alfie and brings him to the North Pole for an attitude adjustment, Santa-style.
Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, along with illustrator Steve Björkman, have created a memorable Christmas story for believers and nonbelievers alike in this funny picture book about the importance of being nice, not just at Christmas, but all year round.
My Two CentsI'm a big fan of Cynthia Leitich Smith. She has an incredible blog filled with excellent information for readers and writers alike. I even had the chance to meet her at Kidlitcon, where she served as the keynote speaker. She is just as nice as she is talented. I've never met Cyn's husband, Greg, but after she divulged that he built her a treadmill desk, I pretty much adore him, too! (I'm still coveting this, by the way...)
So given my adoration of this kid-lit-lovin' couple, imagine my delight to discover this little gem in my local library! How had I missed it before?!
My daughter is at an age where many of the kids have doubts, if you know what I mean. This book is an adorable take on Santa and just how real he is--if you believe!! Alfie's little sister, Noelle, sums it up best when she says, "Santa Claus believes in people who believe in him."