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Klaus: How Santa Claus Began by Grant Morrison

Long, long ago, a man named Klaus returned to his hometown of Grimsvig in the far north to find it a cold and joyless place. The Baron has forbidden anything that could make people happy, from wishes to toys, and the men toil day and night in the mines even though the town has enough coal to last for centuries. Klaus sees this, and is troubled. Back at his home in the wild, with his wolf Lilli by his side, he is visited by the shining family who show him what he must do. But delivering toys to children does more than just break the law—it starts a war between good and evil.

This graphic novel imagines the origin of Santa Claus as a man with a kind soul and a strong spirit, willing to stand up for what is right in the face of all odds. Recommended for readers in high school and up who enjoy origin stories and Nordic folklore.

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