In a magical land on top of the world, an epic struggle between light and darkness was waged between two brothers. King Kringle ruled with a harsh hand over the elves of the North Pole, allowing no laughter, no play and no Christmas celebration. There was only one, truly kindhearted soul who could make a difference and change the course of the world. Would the elves be able to find Santa and bring laughter and joy to the land? Manusol the Elf knows the answer, for it is written in The Book of Kringle.
In this action-driven Santa Claus origin story, an elf narrator explains that the North Pole was once ruled by a greedy king, who forced the elves to work in polar crystal mines including his warm-hearted brother, Kris. Just before Christmas, the elves wake to find that someone has put gold coins in their socks, which enables them to pay the king to take time off for Christmas. Their merriment sparks the king's rage and leads to a revolt. Following a somewhat muddled sequence, in which an elf child delivers a prophecy about Santa Claus and a year passes as the king awaits Santa's return, Santa (whose identity will surprise few) takes his rightful place as benevolent ruler of the North Pole. Wenzel creates a rich fantasy landscape, complete with polar bear driven sleighs and a menacing crown of antlers for the evil king. Ages 4 8.