By now I'm sure most of you have seen, read, or at least heard of 'Go the F@ck to Sleep.' Today's book is in a similar vein, but less obscenities and more, as the title states, macabre.
SAVING CHRISTMAS written by Jessica MacLean and Dan Desilets and illustrated by Rhiannon McCullough, follows the story of Edgar the Elf as he tries to find a way to produce enough magic to keep Christmas going.
Its all your fault. You could have stopped this from happening. Belief in Santa Claus begins to fade and Christmas is in jeopardy. Santa is despondent and his well meaning elves take it upon themselves to "Save Christmas". Try to remember that their hearts are in the right place as the blood begins to fly. Saving Christmas is a lighthearted romp through the "Feel-Good Macabre" genre. As you laugh, sigh and cringe your way through this delightfully grim tale, remember this. You are just as awful as we are for enjoying it.
I was lucky enough to watch the development of this book from early draft to finished product. Yes, it's a little dark, but it's a whole lot cheerier than having the Krumpus visit you. (Which I believe is what happens once Santa fades away.)
Sound like something you'd enjoy? You can pick one up here.