Santa Clause is Coming to Town - written by by Gene Autry and Oakley Haldeman - illustrated by Bruce Whatley
American cowboy, Gene Autry, wrote and recorded the song "Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)" in 1947. The story goes that he was at a Christmas parade where he heard some children repeating "Here Comes Santa Claus!" Here comes Santa Claus!" over and over. Autry was inspired by the joyful anticipation behind the words to jot down the first draft of a song. He brought his notes to Oakley Haldeman, then the head of his music publishing company, and they completed the song together - little suspecting that it would become a Christmas Classic.
Australian artist Bruce Whatley has been inspired to illustrate this favorite song as a picture book with the richly textured artwork that made his Night Before Christmas a best seller. Expanding on the song's theme of hope and goodwill, Whatley has created a curious North Pole puppy (based on his own white boxer dogs) who stows away on Santa's sleigh for an unforgettable Christmas eve adventure.