Monday, September 17, 2012

Looking For Santa Claus by Henrik Drescher



Genre: Christmas / Animal / Traveling / Magic


Year Published: 1984


Year Read: 2005

Publisher:  Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Books




Now, as you have noticed, I am a huge fan of Henrik Drescher’s works as his works are truly creative and surreal at the same time! Well, I have just dug up this treasure called “Looking for Santa Claus” and it is probably Henrik Drescher’s most heartwarming and soothing picture book that was ever created!

There once was a little girl named Maggie who had three aunts who were selfish and mean and they also hated Christmas.  One night, Maggie’s three aunts sent her out in the cold to dig Blossom the cow out of the snow and Blossom the cow offered Maggie a chance to find Santa Claus.  So, both Maggie and Blossom flew away from the aunts’ house to find Santa Claus.

Let me just explain my feelings on this book in just THREE WORDS: HEARTWARMING, GORGEOUS and CREATIVE!  Henrik Drescher has certainly done a fantastic job on both writing and illustrating this book as it was an extremely creative experience!  Henrik Drescher’s is short and simple as there are mostly about one sentence on each page, however the story itself is truly heartwarming as Maggie wants to bring in Santa Claus to show her mean aunts the true meaning of Christmas and I loved the scenes where Maggie comes across several different characters who looked like Santa Claus, but were not really Santa Claus (such as a lonesome Cossack named Igor who is from Russia and a shepherd named Frits who is from Switzerland). It was also interesting that Blossom the Cow somehow has the ability to fly around the world, even though it was never mentioned in the book about how she is able to fly, but in the subtext of this book, this is an issue that is best left out!  Henrik Drescher’s illustrations are even more gorgeous in this book as the characters look a bit more realistic than what we usually see of his work (but this book was one of his earlier projects during the 80s along with “Simon’s Book” and “The Strange Appearance of Howard Cranebill”). I loved the way that Henrik Drescher made the illustrations give off glowing colors such as the characters being reflected underneath the moonlight as it really made the illustrations look truly beautiful.  I also loved the scenes of Blossom the Cow and Maggie flying off in the night as they looked mesmerizing in the night sky.

 
Overall, “Looking for Santa Claus” is easily one of Henrik Drescher’s most beautiful books and is a fantastic book for children who enjoy Christmas!  For other Henrik Drescher titles, I would recommend:

Pat the Beastie
Love the Beastie
The Strange Appearance of Howard Cranebill
Simon’s Book
Look-Alikes

Books illustrated by Henrik Drescher:

The Gruesome Guide to World Monsters
The Fool and the Flying Ship
Runaway Opposites
No Plain Pets



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