Santa Doesn't Need Your Help

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8.0 X 10.1 X 0.5 inches | 0.93 pounds

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About the Author

Kevin Maher is an Emmy-nominated writer, filmmaker, comedian, and poet. His work has been featured on AMC, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon. His short films have been shown everywhere from MOMA to Troma, with screenings outside of Sundance and Cannes. Kevin directed the one-man show I, SANTA: Confessions from Behind the Beard and has worked as a Santa-for-hire. He lives in New York with his wife and two sons. To see his videos, visit
Joe Dator has been a cartoonist for the New Yorker since 2006 and has also contributed cartoons to MAD magazine and Esquire. He is a recipient of the National Cartoonists Society's Silver Reuben Award and has been featured on CBS's 60 Minutes. In 2021, he published a collection of his work titled INKED: Cartoons, Confessions, Rejected Ideas and Secret Sketches from the New Yorker's Joe Dator. In addition to cartooning, he has presented humorous lectures on everything from Japanese movie monsters to fictitious comedy albums and is the co-host of the Comedy Film Funnel podcast. He lives in New York City.


"A Santa story for all ages, with plenty of rhyme and comedy for those who just can't get enough of Christmas." --School Library Journal

"Heaps of holiday fun!" --Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series

"Santa may need help, but this book delivers warmth and laughs all on its own." --Michael Rex, creator of Goodnight Goon
"The best Christmas stories understand that seasonal joy comes at a price, and who pays more than the holiday's very own mascot? With Santa Doesn't Need Your Help, Kevin Maher and Joe Dator tap into a fresh but all-too-identifiable side of our favorite deliveryman: deep, reluctant, necessary self-awareness. It's a cheeky, charming tale about confronting our own limitations set to a deliciously playful rhythm that fits perfectly on your December bookshelf." --Emily Intravia, host of The Feminine Critique podcast
"Santa Doesn't Need Your Help is an instant holiday cult classic for every pop culture fan in your life. Equal parts hilarious and adorable, this book is a journey through the possible behind-the-scenes mishaps that Santa encounters on his hardest day of work each year. It's a modern reimagining of several classics all rolled into one lovely book. The magic of Christmas is alive and well in this tale which shows that we can all use a little help from our friends." --Ali Cotterill, filmmaker, North Pole, NY

"A fun, funny read for all ages, this book is the perfect soothing tonic for a stressful holiday season." --Jennie Egerdie, author of Frog and Toad Are Doing Their Best

"The brilliance of Santa Doesn't Need Your Help is how Maher and Dator breathe humanity and humor into the well-worn Santa Claus icon using fun pop tropes, clever rhymes, and beautiful illustrations. Be sure to include it into your holiday season bedtime reading rotation!" --Dan Yaccarino, author and illustrator of The Longest Storm
"God, getting old is hard! Santa Doesn't Need Your Help is the perfect holiday (or anytime) book for the Sandwich Generation. It is a tender and hilarious reminder that asking for help can be hard, especially for those who were once the helpers. This year, leave cookies and empathy under the tree for Santa and all those who are realizing that 'It's ok to get old, it's ok to get help.'" --Biz Ellis, host of One Bad Mother podcast "Listen, we all know Santa ain't what he used to be. But then again, neither are any of us, right? He's a bit of a disaster, but he's still our Santa. This book made me laugh. Buy it. You'll love it." --Mike Sacks, Passing on the Right and Stinker Lets Loose!
"Forty years. I've been portraying Santa Claus for forty years, and in all that time, no one story has resonated with me more than Santa Doesn't Need Your Help. Though I laughed out loud while reading it, I found I was teary by the end by how poignant and honest it was. Move over 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. I've got a new classic to recite." --Glen Heroy, Professional Santa Claus