The Santa Trap by Jonathan Emmett and Poly Bernatene

The Santa Trap
Jonathan Emmett
illustrated by Poly Bernatene
Peachtree, 2012 in the United States (originally published in Great Britain in 2009)
ISBN: 978-1-56145-670-3
FORMAT: Picture Book
AGES: Preschool, Elementary School
4 Stars

“Bradley Bartleby was bad. He’d been born bad. Before baby Bradley even left the hospital…he’d bitten the midwife on the bottom, stolen the doctor’s stethoscope, and emptied his diaper into his grandmother’s handbag.”

Thus starts this hilarious book. Bradley Bartleby is bad. And he is frustrated when over and over again he just gets one present from Santa Claus. (Never mind the fact that his parents get him everything he wishes for since they are terrified of him.) No, this will just not work. If Santa doesn’t give Bradley more than a pair of socks each year (he should be glad it isn’t coal) then he is going to trap Santa and make him pay! So Bradley spends a year making the ultimate Santa Trap. He is sure that the dynamite, tigers, guillotines, and trip-wire will trap Santa. And then Bradley will make him pay for the years and years of socks!

This is a funny look at a kid who goes to the extreme to make being bad a hobby and trying to outsmart the master of the naughty and nice list. Of course Bradley doesn’t understand the magic of Santa being able to do what he does. Plus Bradly is just a wee bit forgetful himself. All in all, this is one holiday book that will help kids laugh themselves into being good…and won’t worry them about trying to be good even though it is so hard.

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