The Boy Who Lived In Pudding Lane

Sarah Addington, author

Gertrude A. Kay, illustrator

Grafton And Scratch Publishers

9781927979266, $22.95, HC, 104pp,

 Midwest Book Review December 2017 

"The Boy Who Lived In Pudding Lane" follows Santa as he grows up in Pudding Lane, eventually to become the famed gift-giver who flies around the world. "The Boy Who Lived In Pudding Lane" first appeared in the American magazine, Ladies Home Journal, for Christmas in 1921 and was published as a hardcover the following year. Author Sarah Addington's charming story of the boyhood life of dear Santa Claus became an instant classic, and is now lovingly reproduced for a new generation of appreciative young readers ages 6 to 10 in a facsimile edition that includes the original size, page format, and layout. The original illustrations reproduced for this edition are magnificent, and were originally created by in her iconic style by prominent American children's book illustrator Gertrude Kay. Timely and timeless, "The Boy Who Lived In Pudding Lane" is an ideal and unreservedly recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library Christmas themed children's book collections. It should be noted for personal reading lists that "The Boy Who Lived In Pudding Lane" is also available in a digital book format (Kindle, $2.99).



Reviews - The Boy Who Lived in Pudding Lane and Santa's Song are now on Net Galley and reviews are pouring in !! Books are ready and will be available for early Fall 2017, in plenty of time for the holiday season. 

Rhonda Gothier (Reviewer) has just reviewed Santa's Song.

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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Entertaining and fun to read with kids. Great illistrations. Love anything about Christmas. Singing is fun for kids. Would recommend this book

 Producervan in Sedona, AZ from New Orleans & L.A. rated - it was amazing: THE BOY WHO LIVED IN PUDDING LANE 
Absolutely delightful! A classic every child should know, with wonderful illustrations! Charming and witty, this epub version was given to me for review by NetGalley. Written by Sarah Addington and illustrated by Gertrude Kay, it is a reissue of the 1922 edition. These illustrations were restored by award winning designer Elisa Gutierrez. Amazing

Dee Williams (Reviewer) has just reviewed Santa's Song.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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This Christmas book for children, has such a lot of fun pictures to look at, and at the same time, incorporates in, the Christmas song 'We Wish You A Merry Christmas', using the different letters of the alphabet. Singing along to the words, and then changing the first letter, to make the song a bit different, was an excellent idea, and makes for more fun, by either an individual child or a group of children. I really loved the cover picture, and the subject matter is one, that would interest any child who reads.
I'm giving Pamela's book, a big five, for originality, the cover of the book, and the unique way to sing, such a well known Christmas song.

HELENA Manoli (Educator) has just reviewed Santa's Song.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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A new approach for childrens books for children through song cleavely written using letters.A fun book to have for children to read and play.


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Sabrina Fox (Reviewer) has just reviewed The Boy Who Lived In Pudding Lane.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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I've never been curious as to how Santa got his start until now. This was a very cute book, and definitely answered some questions I had when requesting this book. 
Adorable and kind-hearted Santa is the perfect character for a story and I grew to love him even more than when I was younger. A very interesting subject matter that I didn't know I needed until I read the book. Definitely recommended for children. Especially around Christmas-time!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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I was extremely pleased with how adorable this book is! It definitely was not written in our time, as some of the words in it are just not used in that regard anymore (example: queer), but I'm a complete sucker for old books, and was especially glad I received it. This story tells about how Santa Claus became santa in an easy to read chapter book with amazing 1930-50s style artwork every so often. I really enjoyed how every nursery rhyme is incorporated in the book, and think children would find joy in the many references. Overall, it would be a very cute book for bedtime around the Christmas season!

Tara Sheehan (Reviewer) has just reviewed Santa's Song.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Kids are going to love learning a new way to sing old songs and adults will enjoy boosting their holiday parties as they join together to add a new version to their musical selections.

McColl starts off with a cute story about the game and the ‘origin’ of the song variations. Then she goes into how to play with some recommendations. She even provides a little historical context for the Christmas songs and the act of caroling which might encourage more people to get in on the fun during the holiday season.

It’s definitely a fun and interesting way to teach/remember the alphabet J

My girls and I tried this out and we couldn’t get very far without them breaking down into laughter from the odd way it sounds at times.