Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Spying on Santa

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Book Review - Spying on Santa

About the Book
Sometimes, spying on Santa can lead to very unexpected circumstances.

Gerald Cislon uncovers what happens when a wily bunch of child spies don’t like what they overhear from Santa in his new book, Spies. The book, Cislon’s first foray into children’s literature, highlights the journey that some children must take in order to understand the true reason behind the season.

“The story starts with saving Christmas,” Cislon says. “By the end of the book, these nine children end up bringing Christmas to people with even greater needs.”

The story follows nine children as they discover that their parents may not always be able to deliver the cushy presents that they want. Instead, some very real world issues, such as a broken truck and an economic downturn, have hit ‘Santa’ right where it hurts--the checkbook.

The older children realize that they will have to mobilize the others in order to give their parents and siblings the Christmas they deserve. What they don’t realize is that this conundrum is all part of a grand plan to teach them that family is what the holidays are really about.

“The children in this book aren’t taught or preached to-- they work and learn together,” Cislon says. “Together, they learn that the gifts of giving and sharing are much more important than merely receiving.”

“My biggest hope is that the book inspires parents, children, families to rejoice in the Christmas season together and in the way that it was truly meant to be celebrated.”

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About the Author
Gerald Cislon, nicknamed “Jerry,” was born and raised in Pittsburgh. Drafted into the army during the Vietnam period he made the military his career. After 20 years in the army, he spent another 17 years in civil service before retiring. Now, he shares his numerous lived experiences traveling throughout the world during his military and federal service.

Realizing that he could never talk or write openly about many of his life's journeys, Jerry has decided to tell his stories in fiction. Yet, most of what he writes about is based on his experiences. His first published work, ‘Til the End of Time, is a gripping romantic adventure that brings smiles to faces and tears in readers’ eyes. When he talks, and deep within his writings, people feel the journey of his life as he reluctantly unfolds the pages open to them. Gander is one of those journeys where he takes you right along with him. But, as a good story teller and writer, he leaves it up to the reader or the listener to decide what is and is not.

My Take on the Book
This was a fun book with a different take on the meaning of taking Christmas into your own hands! I have to say that I really enjoyed the characters that the author shared with us and the overall message and the fact that the kids learn some of the true meanings of Christmas in this was also special. All-in-all, this was a book that was both fun to read and experience and I can see this being a story that my kids are going to continue to love as they get older as well.

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