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Check out ngims Publishing's other illustrated literary classics. The vast majority of our books have original illustrations and navigable Table of Contents. Browse our library by type in ngims at bn.com (or Kindle Store) or ngims plus the title you're looking for, e.g. ngims Gulliver's Travels. Finding literary works with illustrations, such as this book, on the web is har Check out ngims Publishing's other illustrated literary classics. The vast majority of our books have original illustrations and navigable Table of Contents. Browse our library by type in ngims at bn.com (or Kindle Store) or ngims plus the title you're looking for, e.g. ngims Gulliver's Travels. Finding literary works with illustrations, such as this book, on the web is hard to find. Much more a book that is beautifully formatted placed with amazing illustrations like this for a very affordable price. The book’s price, which is very nominal, covers the time and effort that has been taken out to put everything together and formatted the materials for your convenience. It is for your interest why this book has been made in one easy, readable and the most convenient possible place for you. Most of the e-books available online are not made for an average reader or even for readers who want the simplest book possible for easy reading. This e-book is of good quality for a very affordable price. L. Frank Baum gives us a glimpse into the magical history that surrounds the life story of Santa Claus. In A Kidnapped Santa Claus, we find out what happens when Santa is kidnapped shortly before Christmas. In the story as in the novel, Santa lives in the Laughing Valley on the border of the Forest of Burzee, and is assisted by knooks, ryls, fairies, and pixies. In modern editions the two works, novel and story, are sometimes published together. Though the short story has strong similarities with the novel, it has been interpreted as presenting "a less rosy view" of the world, in that it shows elements of evil as fundamental to existence and ineradicable. FEATURES: • Includes beautiful illustrations from the original book • Active Table of Contents for an easy navigation within the book • Saves space and don’t have to carry a hard copy around • Offers an easy access and convenience to this classic literary masterpiece for a reasonable price • Gives a lasting entertainment and values for readers of all ages

30 review for A Kidnapped Santa Claus with illustrations and FREE audiobook

  1. 5 out of 5

    Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽

    This is a sweet, old-fashioned and quirky Santa Claus story, published in 1904 by L. Frank Baum, the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Santa Claus happily lives and works at his castle and workshop in Laughing Valley - which, disconcertingly, is a lovely green place, at least in summer. (I guess it's not at the North Pole?) Rather than elves, Santa is assisted by various types of "little folk": knooks, ryls, pixies, gnomes, nymphs and fairies. Just roll with it. Next to Santa's valley is an e This is a sweet, old-fashioned and quirky Santa Claus story, published in 1904 by L. Frank Baum, the author of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Santa Claus happily lives and works at his castle and workshop in Laughing Valley - which, disconcertingly, is a lovely green place, at least in summer. (I guess it's not at the North Pole?) Rather than elves, Santa is assisted by various types of "little folk": knooks, ryls, pixies, gnomes, nymphs and fairies. Just roll with it. Next to Santa's valley is an enormous mountain, with five caves wherein reside five Daemons: Selfishness, Envy, Hatred, Malice ... and Repentance. (Why is REPENTANCE a daemon? I am getting so confused here ...) Anyway, the Daemons confer and decide that Santa is spreading entirely too much happiness around the world, making life difficult for the Daemons. Clearly something needs to be done, and they just are the daemons to do it. "A Kidnapped Santa Claus" is a very old-fashioned tale with a strong moral to it, mixed with lots of sentimentality. It had a few clever moments to it, but I get the feeling that Frank Baum probably wrote this quickly, tossing it off in an evening or two without putting a whole lot of thought into it. This would make a cute Christmas story to read to the little ones, though. 2.75 stars, rounding up for Christmas spirit. This story is free online at Project Gutenberg. December 2017 group read with the Retro Reads group (1 story down, 5 more to go!)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Carol She's So Novel꧁꧂

    December - it's time to think about Christmas & Santa Claus. (& what to buy my now adult children) Most of you picture Santa like this; But I'm in New Zealand. While visiting us, he should be dressed like this; But I digress. A Kidnapped Santa Claus is a charming, old fashioned, fairy tale, perfect for getting young children in the mood for Christmas. I finished it with a smile on my face - & that's what reads at this time of year should do. ho, ho, ho! December - it's time to think about Christmas & Santa Claus. (& what to buy my now adult children) Most of you picture Santa like this; But I'm in New Zealand. While visiting us, he should be dressed like this; But I digress. A Kidnapped Santa Claus is a charming, old fashioned, fairy tale, perfect for getting young children in the mood for Christmas. I finished it with a smile on my face - & that's what reads at this time of year should do. ho, ho, ho!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile

    Wonderfully endearing story!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    Well that was a cute little (2 issue) holiday story that I hadn’t heard of or read before. Thanks SerialReader!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Nostalgia Reader

    A fun companion short to The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. A fun companion short to The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Meg

    forgettable. skip this one and just read the life and adventures.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Robin Brigham

    This reminds me of the Grinch. I wonder if Dr Seus got his idea from L Frank Baum's book. This reminds me of the Grinch. I wonder if Dr Seus got his idea from L Frank Baum's book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Madeline

    Unfortunately this is my least favorite L. Frank Baum story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hemavathy DM Suppiah-Devi

    “Do you never repent, yourself?" asked Santa Claus, curiously. "Oh, yes, indeed," answered the Daemon. "I am even now repenting that I assisted in your capture. Of course it is too late to remedy the evil that has been done; but repentance, you know, can come only after an evil thought or deed, for in the beginning there is nothing to repent of.” A wonderful old-fashioned fairy tale. The best kind. 🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼🎄 “Do you never repent, yourself?" asked Santa Claus, curiously. "Oh, yes, indeed," answered the Daemon. "I am even now repenting that I assisted in your capture. Of course it is too late to remedy the evil that has been done; but repentance, you know, can come only after an evil thought or deed, for in the beginning there is nothing to repent of.” A wonderful old-fashioned fairy tale. The best kind. 🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼🎄

  10. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Well that was a short and cheerful holiday read. I had no idea that L. Frank Baum had written this but it clearly had his voice all over it as I couldn't help but clearly imagine this world and Santa Claus and these Daemons he describes. Kinda curious to know if this was a picture book, or maybe it was made into one later as it lends itself well for that, what with the precise descriptions Baum writes. Well that was a short and cheerful holiday read. I had no idea that L. Frank Baum had written this but it clearly had his voice all over it as I couldn't help but clearly imagine this world and Santa Claus and these Daemons he describes. Kinda curious to know if this was a picture book, or maybe it was made into one later as it lends itself well for that, what with the precise descriptions Baum writes.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Beccy

    L. Frank Baum is best known for his 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz', but this is a little Christmas gem, and a great alternative to the usual festive fare that children usually are read. In this story Santa Claus lives in Laughing Valley with reindeers but no elves, instead his helpers are ryls, knooks, pixies and fairies Together they share the valley with caves in which live the Daemons; Selfishness, Envy, Hatred, Malice and Repentance. (A great project for older children would be to reseach what L. Frank Baum is best known for his 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz', but this is a little Christmas gem, and a great alternative to the usual festive fare that children usually are read. In this story Santa Claus lives in Laughing Valley with reindeers but no elves, instead his helpers are ryls, knooks, pixies and fairies Together they share the valley with caves in which live the Daemons; Selfishness, Envy, Hatred, Malice and Repentance. (A great project for older children would be to reseach what each of these mythical creatures are and draw and describe their characteristics, and the emotions depicted in the Daemons could also be related to any work previously done on the Greeks, and Aristotle's 'List of Emotions'). Not wanting to spoil the entirety of the story, suffice to say that Santa triumphs over the obstacles put in his way- a classic story of good versus evil. However, the moral of the story is that though good may prevail, there's always badness lurking somewhere...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kris - My Novelesque Life

    4 STARS "First published in 1904, "A Kidnapped Santa Claus" by L. Frank Baum, the author of The Wizard of Oz, describes the action of some uncommon events in the land of Santa. Not far from the Laughing Valley where Santa and all his magical helpers live, and beyond the Forest of Burzee, there stands a huge mountain that contains the Cave of Demons. Each demon has a specialty: Selfishness, Envy, Hatred, Malice, and Repentance. Because the promise of Santa puts all girls and boys on their best beh 4 STARS "First published in 1904, "A Kidnapped Santa Claus" by L. Frank Baum, the author of The Wizard of Oz, describes the action of some uncommon events in the land of Santa. Not far from the Laughing Valley where Santa and all his magical helpers live, and beyond the Forest of Burzee, there stands a huge mountain that contains the Cave of Demons. Each demon has a specialty: Selfishness, Envy, Hatred, Malice, and Repentance. Because the promise of Santa puts all girls and boys on their best behavior, the demons have hardly any visitors to their caves. In order to remedy their dismal foot traffic, they conspire to kidnap Santa But oh even when it looks as if the demons might win, one can never underestimate the power of devoted (and magical ) friends." (From Amazon) I enjoyed this novella especially since I read it during Christmas. Recommend it for must-read for Christmas.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Nick H

    [ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ __ __ ] [01/04/21 - 01/04/21] [READ IN ENGLISH] Harmless story about demons who are angry that Santa Claus makes kids happy. There isn’t really much to sink your teeth into here, but it’s enjoyable. What’s more significant for me specifically is that this is the first book I had read entirely in Japanese without having read the English version first. So I had absolutely no reference point for anything in it when going in for the first time. Now, having read it in English as well, I’m ab [ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ __ __ ] [01/04/21 - 01/04/21] [READ IN ENGLISH] Harmless story about demons who are angry that Santa Claus makes kids happy. There isn’t really much to sink your teeth into here, but it’s enjoyable. What’s more significant for me specifically is that this is the first book I had read entirely in Japanese without having read the English version first. So I had absolutely no reference point for anything in it when going in for the first time. Now, having read it in English as well, I’m able to compare notes about what I understood about the storyline. ===== SPOILERS FOLLOW ===== For the most part, I understood everything that happened. I missed most of the subtleties of the scene descriptions and character interactions, but I was actually surprised at how accurate I was in internalizing the broad strokes of what was going on. My overall synopsis was just about exact, though the one really big thing I misunderstood was the role of Santa’s four helpers. I thought they got out of the sleigh and bickered about how to save Santa. I didn’t realize that they actually went out and delivered the gifts. When they talked about the two kids who wanted specific presents, I thought they were lamenting that those kids wouldn’t get the things they asked for- I didn’t realize that they had actually delivered the wrong things to them. A few other small things I missed: - As I suspected, the title Nico Nico was actually a Japanese term, not a proper noun. It meant “laughing.” - I didn’t realize the demons were all representative of different emotions, and named specifically after them. I did however, recognize the difference in how they each spoke, and I was able to essentially understand this about them even without knowing their titles. The Japanese translation had an especially good version of the envy demon, who spoke to Santa in a very slang-y way. - I found that overall, I understood what the demons were saying much more than I understood Santa. I got almost nothing from him whenever he said anything, but for the demons I understood very specific things. Stuff like the one telling Santa about toy stores, and the other saying that kids don’t believe in him, I actually got. It all comes down to the characterizations, I think. Every character, even in English, has their own speech pattern. I find I’m especially weak at recognizing the way older men speak in Japanese. They tend to use bigger words with more complex kanji characters. - At the end, when they form a big army to go attack the demons, I thought they meant ‘parade,’ as that is an alternate meaning of the Japanese word they used to describe the war party. Gives a different vibe for sure, though I like my version better to be honest. More wholesome. That’s about it. Overall I’m very pleased with my results this time. Definitely above average for my usual reading retention in the language, and I certainly hadn’t tried something like this with no artwork before. Usually I read manga when doing a ‘Japanese-only reading.’ It sounds ridiculous to be proud of having successfully read a children’s story, but as a new language learner I take any victory I can get. I was definitely reading above my “grade level” with this one and I’m excited to see if there are other similar ones I can find. ==================== ==================== [ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ __ __ ] [ 12/31/20 - 01/01/21] [READ IN JAPANESE] This is the first ever traditional book (non-manga) I’ve read entirely in Japanese, without having read the English version first. I enjoyed it, and even though I don’t feel I got the subtleties of everything that happened, I still feel I understood the bulk of the story. The plot is largely inconsequential, but I liked the antics of the bad guys and Santa’s chief helpers. As I plan to later read the book in English to compare notes on how much I understood, I will now recount the plot as far as I understood it in Japanese, for future reference: ===== SPOILERS FOLLOW (maybe) ===== Santa Claus, along with all sorts of elves, fairies, pixies, gnomes and other magical creatures, live in a place called Nico Nico Village. (I’m not sure if Nico Nico is a Japanese term meaning something specific, or if that’s the actual name. Either way it’s a cool name for a village so I’m going with that.) Also, Santa has an uncle but I couldn’t find any real reference to him after the first time they mention him, so I honestly have no idea what he was doing in the story. Anyway, near the village there live 5 demons, all with weird names, and they devise a plan to screw with Santa. I couldn’t really understand their explanation for why they were doing it, but does it really make any difference why? They’re demons after all. At first, it seems like various ones of the demons try to approach Santa and convince him in different ways to give up his job, but none of their attempts at coercion work. So the demons decide to wait until Christmas Eve, and they snatch Santa right from the seat of his sleigh. I wasn’t entirely sure how they did the deed. Best I could figure out, it seemed like they used some kind of magic to make him black out or something, then tied him up with a rope and brought him back to their caves. While Santa is imprisoned and the demons are calling him mean names (I love how wholesome that method of torture is), a few of Santa’s favorite helpers try to find him. As far as I understood, they sort of sit around and argue the whole time and never end up really getting anything done. At some point, one of the demons changes sides and releases Santa Claus (or did they all have a change of heart? Wasn’t super clear on that) and the elf search party stumbles onto Santa walking back to Nico Nico Village. Then they all have a parade or something and all the world’s kids get their toys a little late on Christmas, but overall everyone is happy. At the end, Santa says something about the demons who held him captive, but I honestly had zero idea what he said. I assume he forgave them, but that’s pure speculation. The end! Interested to see if I got any of it right 😅

  14. 4 out of 5

    Richard Dominguez

    Considered to be one of Frank Baum's best stories, A kidnapped Santa Claus touches on the subjects of negative emotions and redemption. A cute/quick little story of Santa's kidnapping by the Daemons of the nearby caves. I enjoyed this fast paced story as it gently embraces the qualities that can make Christmas a year long event. The story is purely event driven and little time is given to the characters,but the story is short enough where the events carry the story. If at this point in my life I h Considered to be one of Frank Baum's best stories, A kidnapped Santa Claus touches on the subjects of negative emotions and redemption. A cute/quick little story of Santa's kidnapping by the Daemons of the nearby caves. I enjoyed this fast paced story as it gently embraces the qualities that can make Christmas a year long event. The story is purely event driven and little time is given to the characters,but the story is short enough where the events carry the story. If at this point in my life I had little ones who liked being read to, this would be one for the reading ...

  15. 4 out of 5

    Gator

    Baum doesn’t fail to deliver, his characters are solid. I love how the old kiddy books from back in the day are so dark vs the watered down fluff they pass off as dark now. The power of Santa and his helpers reigns supreme !

  16. 5 out of 5

    Eric Troup

    Although I read the Wizard of Oz book many years ago, I haven’t read any other Oz books, nor anything else by L. Frank Baum. I’m a Christmas junkie, so when I found this gem, I just had to read it straightaway. I’m so glad I did! It’s completely charming and whimsical. Even it’s brevity is a strength. It reads like a Christmas Eve story you could read to your children at bedtime, right up there with ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Furthermore, I could totally see this as an animated movie, or Although I read the Wizard of Oz book many years ago, I haven’t read any other Oz books, nor anything else by L. Frank Baum. I’m a Christmas junkie, so when I found this gem, I just had to read it straightaway. I’m so glad I did! It’s completely charming and whimsical. Even it’s brevity is a strength. It reads like a Christmas Eve story you could read to your children at bedtime, right up there with ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Furthermore, I could totally see this as an animated movie, or special. I’m surprised there’s been nothing. Unless, of course, there has been something, and I’m just ignorant of its existence. In short, I enthusiastically recommend this short story to anyone with children, in their family, or in their hearts. And there’s even a great spiritual message amidst the whimsy. Enjoy.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Earl

    A short story based on the world Baum created in The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus but more of an alternate adventure rather than a lost episode. Daemons have plans to capture Santa and prevent him from his task of delivering toys and joy to children. How far will they go to make it happen? And will Christmas be saved? I read this from the Project Gutenberg website. They freely distribute works from the public domain.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ericka

    Interesting Piece from the Oz Writer As an adult I found the Foreword extremely interesting and even a little shocking. This piece shows Baum's imagination and it's so picturesque you can almost envision the characters from Victorian Christmas cards performing the actions. I want my son to read this and tell me what a modern child sees. I would have loved reading this every year when I was a kid. Interesting Piece from the Oz Writer As an adult I found the Foreword extremely interesting and even a little shocking. This piece shows Baum's imagination and it's so picturesque you can almost envision the characters from Victorian Christmas cards performing the actions. I want my son to read this and tell me what a modern child sees. I would have loved reading this every year when I was a kid.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Simran Bodhak

    A new take on the fable of Santa Claus, the author creates living embodiments of hatred, envy, malice and repentance who try to kidnap santa in hopes of creating these emotions in the children who were much too happy during Christmas. In all honesty, the idea failed spectacularly and hence they never tried again.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    A cute holiday tale A Kidnapped Santa Claus by Frank L Frank Baum is a cute but somewhat hokey Christmas tale . I hokey-ness is redeemed by the charm and cleverness that bomb brings to his works.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    We should all be as cautious around the Daemons of Envy, Selfishness, Hatred and Malice as Santa Claus was. "Bad news is something that should be kept secret and never told." If this was true, our news cycles would be so different. 😉 We should all be as cautious around the Daemons of Envy, Selfishness, Hatred and Malice as Santa Claus was. "Bad news is something that should be kept secret and never told." If this was true, our news cycles would be so different. 😉

  22. 4 out of 5

    Catherine Yezak

    Cute story on how Christmas survived Santa Claus' kidnapping by the five Daemons. It seems that Santa's loyal helpers were able to still make children's wishes to come true, if not in the way that they hoped. Cute story on how Christmas survived Santa Claus' kidnapping by the five Daemons. It seems that Santa's loyal helpers were able to still make children's wishes to come true, if not in the way that they hoped.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Paige

    Boring. I really found this boring. As if it was a different version of The Grinch mixed with the story of The Nightmare Before Christmas. It is one hundred percent a version of both together. It's........meh. just meh. Boring. I really found this boring. As if it was a different version of The Grinch mixed with the story of The Nightmare Before Christmas. It is one hundred percent a version of both together. It's........meh. just meh.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    4.5 stars This was my favorite of the stories in the Tales of Christmas collection. I would recommend this for even young children. It speaks to a general optimism in humanity that I love to support in others and the storyline is unique. 4.5 stars This was my favorite of the stories in the Tales of Christmas collection. I would recommend this for even young children. It speaks to a general optimism in humanity that I love to support in others and the storyline is unique.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Ambruso

    A nice tale I enjoyed reading this book, and I learned more than I ever knew about Baum. It was an easy read that did not disappoint. Give it a try if you like Baum's work. A nice tale I enjoyed reading this book, and I learned more than I ever knew about Baum. It was an easy read that did not disappoint. Give it a try if you like Baum's work.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kirsten Dent

    A fun short story to follow from The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. My 8 year old son enjoyed listening to it as he does all L Frank Baum's stories. A fun short story to follow from The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus. My 8 year old son enjoyed listening to it as he does all L Frank Baum's stories.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Gem

    Another wonderful Christmas story by Baum. Enchanting and delightful.

  28. 4 out of 5

    David

    Not bad, but very short. This reads more like an out-take from The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus rather than a sequel.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Debbie Hagedorn

    Merry Christmas Read this short story with your children at Christmastime. You’ll love sharing it and they will enjoy another wonderful story from the imagination of L. Frank Baum.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    Barely anything to it. I liked the bit about Repentance, a thought provoking little bit in an otherwise forgettable story. Just read Life and Adventures instead.

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