Random House Children’s Books has acquired actress Amanda Peet’s new children’s book Dear Santa, Love Rachel Rosenstein. Peet co-wrote the title with her friend Andrea Troyer.
The book is about a young Jewish girl who doesn’t quite understand why Santa Claus never brings her gifts. “When my two children, Frankie and Molly, started asking me why we don’t have a Christmas tree and colored lights on the roof and a plate of cookies for Santa, it was hard to come up with an appealing answer,” explained Peet in a statement. “The book came out of a desire to capture the feeling of being left out during the Christmas holidays and to explain how you can’t always get what you want—and how sorting that out, for Jews and Gentiles alike, is part of what the holiday spirit is all about.”
The publisher acquired the world rights in all languages to the book.
Three Christmas titles reviewed by the New York Times, including Santa Claus: All About Me
For Santa fans ready for a really in-depth look at the great man’s long history, “Santa Claus: All About Me” is a chatty autobiographical account that purports to be based on his diaries. “Compiled” by Juliette Atkinson and her husband, John (who in real life bears a striking resemblance to the Santa of yore), this big book, tied with a red grosgrain ribbon, includes pop-up snowflakes, miniature letters in tiny envelopes (one, from a soldier describing his joy at playing football during the Christmas truce of 1914, includes the young man’s photo) and recipes for toffee and gingerbread.
It’s gorgeous, funny and informative: