The Rise of Super Santa as a Super Hero



Eva Feld

14:50 (hace 38 minutos)


Call it a multilevel challenge! Read a book that deconstructs itself as it entertains, and makes you think at the same time. The Rise of Super Santa, the first tome of an over 400 hundred-pages-each trilogy, written by Mookie Spitz and illustrated with more drawings than in a children’s book, by Rusty Yunusoff, comes at a time of transformation into a dystopian reality. One of fake news, climate-caused extermination, extreme corruption, and lethal viruses.

The plot?  A teenager catches Santa placing presents underneath the family Christmas tree, and instead of being elated, tells Santa that he is uncool. Realizing that today’s children love their Superheroes more than anything. Santa decides that if he can’t beat them, he’ll join them…

The intrigue? Who is Super Santa?

The truth might surprise and inspire as much as the book itself.

Call it surreal. Super Santa is a book populated by fictional characters in the real world as well as true people in imaginary scenarios, all blended by polished language, fun dialogues and deep reflections on the American people, their culture, and values.

Call it a prolific essay seasoned with humor, creativity and boldness. Or else, a cartoon-like easy-to-read novel about family, tradition, myths on one side, and on the same side, a world where super heroes take the place of deities and consumerism becomes their catechism.

As the two policemen in the book phrase it: “The pages of Super Santa fly with their unique humor, whimsy and cynicism. Blending reality with fantasy, passion with frivolity, gratitude with irreverence, the illustrated adventure is the homage of the authors to 21st Century America, a land of amazing opportunities, and endless contradictions.”

A early reader stated: “It takes a Jew and a Muslim to come up with the next Christmas classic and marvel at this strange, paradoxical, and amazing experiment called the United States of America.

In fact, Mookie is a first generation American with Hungarian parents, and Rusty is a Ukrainian émigré with Tatar parents. Both learned English by watching TV, and movies, and absorbing the language, history, and values of America through pop culture and multimedia. But, at the same time, a vast universal, technological and even scientific knowledge permeates all along their book.

The reader can be amazed by simply viewing the illustrations, but will also find references to an immense variety of significant writers, history facts, and flashbacks to songs, jingles, games, shows, and situations. Not much of the American way of life escapes from the pages of Super Santa. A present for every reader, or “gifts” as the authors chose to name each one of the, so far, 60 chapters.