Forget Kris Kringle, Sinterklaas, and St. Nick. It’s about time you learned the truth. In the 1870s in rural Hopeville, Connecticut, the Clauses came to work at Max Pepin’s farm. Christmas hasn’t been the same since. This is a Christmas story you’ve been waiting for. Everyone has their own version of the Santa Claus story. Whether it’s reindeer, a trip down the chimney, or elves crafting handmade toys, The First Ride breathes new life into the old myths surrounding everybody’s favorite holiday.
Targeted Age Group:: 7 and up
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wanted to see a Santa story that seemed a bit more believable than the cartoonish portrayals of previous decades.
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His first short fiction, The First Ride: The Real Story of Santa Claus was published in 1992 and is currently being released as a special 25-year anniversary paperback edition. Comic and whimsical is his tone, this stocking stuffer is told through the eyes of Max Pepin's grandson, this charming story is set amid the snow drifts of Max's farm in Griswold Connecticut. Bryant's Twain-like humor is a refreshing twist to an intricately evolved creative body of work.