Kringle (book)

Kringle is an American children's novel by author Tony Abbott. The story chronicles the origins of Kris Kringle, also known as Santa Claus. The book was released in 2005.

AuthorTony Abbott
IllustratorGreg Call
CountryUnited States
PublisherScholastic (US)
PublishedOctober 23, 2005[1]
Media typePrint (hardcover and paperback)


Summary is coming from the Scholastic website:

"Unlike the traditional Santa Claus myth, Kringle is a coming-of-age story about an orphan who becomes a force for good in a dark and violent time. It is a tale of fantasy, of goblins, elves, and flying reindeer — and of a boy from the humblest beginnings who fulfills his destiny. Our tale begins in 500 A.D., when goblins kidnapped human children and set them to work in underground mines. Kringle is one such child.... until he discovers his mission — to free children from enslavement. His legend lives on today, as he travels the earth every Christmas Eve to quell the goblins once more." [2]


Kringle has been called "deft writing"[3] and "a credible blend of Anglo-Saxon legend and Christian myth".[4] Booklist wrote "On first glance, this story of how Kris Kringle came to live at the North Pole, surrounded by toy-making elves, sounds like the premise for a lighthearted cartoon. It is anything but. ... Told in a come-nearer voice, this epic could have used some tightening, but the enticing premise, appealing young hero, and nonstop action will appeal to many fantasy lovers."[5]

Film adaptation

In 2007, Paramount Pictures optioned the film rights. The idea was pitched by film director Mark Dindal based on a script written by Dindal and Jason Richman, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura producing and Dindal directing.[6] As of September 2017, no new updates have been announced regarding the status of the production.


  1. Kringle Barnes & Noble
  2. "Kringle". Scholastic Teachers. Retrieved September 15, 2016.
  3. John Warren Stewig. ""Kringle" by Tony Abbott". Carthage College. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  4. "New Books for Children and Young People Abbott, Tony Kringle". Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books. The Johns Hopkins University Press. 59 (4): 168, 169. December 4, 2005. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  5. Ilene Cooper. "Kringle". Buffalo and Erie County Public Library. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  6. LaPorte, Nicole (February 27, 2007). "Paramount gets tough with Santa myth". Variety. Retrieved August 19, 2016.
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