There are times when we realize what a small world it really is. When I went out to LA a few years ago, I found myself in an interview where I learned about the behind the scenes for The Jungle Book. I realized that some of the photos and videos they shared had my elementary school friend, Artie Esposito, as a puppeteer. Our elementary school was a K – 8 school filled with memories and we all try our best to stay in touch. I am now happy to share with you Artie’s latest endeavor – a new Christmas Children’s book.
There’s an exciting new Christmas children’s book that’s currently in development. It’s a silly and heartwarming tale called Merry Christmas, Krampus, and it tells the story of the legendary Christmastime creature Krampus and how one child from Santa’s Naughty List teaches him that all “bad” children have some good in them.
As opposed to traditional illustrations, this book will feature handmade puppets photographed on model sets. It has that sort of Nightmare Before Christmas/Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer style, that has become so synonymous with Christmas.
The book is being created by an impressive group of individuals. Its team consists of Artie Esposito, a puppeteer and puppet builder who has performed in Disney’s The Jungle Book, and as Kermit the Frog on a number of occasions, Sean and Patrick Johnson who have built puppets at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, and performed with the Muppets, and Andrea Coleman, a designer and painter who has worked at Disney Television Animation and Nickelodeon. They’ve combined their creative skills to make something incredibly sweet, and tell a story that you’ll want to read to your kids year after year.
Merry Christmas, Krampus is currently being crowd-funded through Kickstarter, and you can pre order it right now at: