Holiday Horror for Kids – Santa Claws by Laura Leuck

Santa Claws tells the story of Mack and Zack, two monster brothers who are getting ready for Christmas.  This clever rhyming tale takes you on a hilarious voyage, revealing the toys Mack and Zack are looking forward to (including potion kits and vampire bats), describing Santa Claws in all his gruesome glory, and walking you through the grisly monster versions of all your favourite Christmas traditions.  From decorating to caroling to baking, these monsters do it all as they prepare for Santa Claws’ visit.  The story is fantastic and creative, and combined with Gris Grimly’s dark yet somehow adorable illustrations, it’s a real winner.

If anything could push this even higher in our good books, it’s the little details in the book design.  The inner covers are made up like old catalogue pages, featuring products like ‘Green Goo Fangpaste’ and companies such as “Marge’s Vampire Bats’.  The back of our hardcover copy sports a full-page ad for ‘Vampbell’s Garbage Soup’.  The gruesome cuteness adds a whole new layer of awesome to an already great read.

To put it ever so professionally, Santa Claws rocks our socks.  Buy this book.  Buy it now.  It’s rare to find great horror-themed Christmas stuff for kids, and this stunning book is definitely an essential volume for your personal library.  Little monster lovers will be clamoring to hear this every December for years to come!

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2 thoughts on “Holiday Horror for Kids – Santa Claws by Laura Leuck

    • We finally got to read it this morning, and we loved it! We were in a bit of a hurry, but when we reread it tonight, if the illustrations are half as good as the text, we’ll be adding a copy to our Christmas collection.

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