A beautifully told and illustrated Santa Claus origin story
A young boy is herding his family's reindeer when they are drawn into a mysterious cave. The cave is the holder of eternal summer, looked after by three strange characters. Once entered, the cave cannot be left without time in the outside world standing still. In his sadness at not being able to leave, the boy is granted three wishes and chooses freedom, happiness, and time.
After the first year of working hard in the summer cave, the boy is allowed to see his family in the outside world. Time stands still as he visits his parents, and he leaves gifts behind to show that he has visited. As the years go by, this annual visit continues and he begins to call on more and more families....
About The Author
Alan Snow is an award-winning children's book author, illustrator, and designer who has worked on more than 160 books. His novel, Here Be Monsters (2006), was made into an animated film, The Boxtrolls, which spent several weeks at the top of the UK box office in 2015. As well as awards for his books, Alan has also won numerous awards for his work in design and computer animation.