(Kris's Little Brother)
This program works best for the 7 and under crowd
|Hugo is available for
Christmas in July
shows or any place
where you need a little
Hugo Kringle sings
Christmas songs and
tells stories of growing
up with the boy who
A fun, interactive
holiday show that
does not involve "what
I want for Christmas."
|Click Jingle and Jangle, Hugo's
pet Moose, to find out about
other programs Hugo (as Mike)
can do for you!
|"The kids were laughing and singing.
A great holiday show!
Good to see a different Christmas
A Children's Librarian
|Contact Hugo through his
PO Box 35,
Jacksonville, IL 62651
Both books $24
usually $12.95 each.
|The History of Hugo Kringle
reprinted from The Source newspaper
Mike Anderson started looking like Santa Claus a long time ago. While attending
Illinois College, his electric razor broke. Santa didn’t bring him a new one and he
couldn’t afford one; so he grew a beard.
He became MR. Anderson at Eisenhower Elementary. Teaching lower
elementary students, being a bit chubby and having a beard made becoming a
Santa surrogate a given.
As he moved through his 40-year teaching career, the grey hair came, the beard
got longer, and the chubby remained. Having added children’s performer to his
resume, particularly with the Jacksonville classic cassette The Cat Came Back,
recorded live at the Jacksonville Public Library, he began to get the question
about when he would begin playing Santa Claus. The position was declined.
As the years rolled on and he began to perform nationally, children around the
country began to notice his resemblance and the question got more frequent.
The answer never changed. Being a musician, storyteller and singer and
nearing the end of his teaching career, Mr. Anderson toyed with the idea of
becoming a storytelling Santa Claus who didn’t deal with the gift question. The
problem was the beard. It was gray, not white. Besides dye, he could find no
way to make it white and touchable (kids touch real-beard Santas’ beards.)
After retiring from third grade, Mike did a stint in Kindergarten. The
Kindergarteners were pretty sure he WAS Santa. They also thought it was a
dirty trick to make Santa one of their teachers. A couple of years later, Mr.
Anderson was in second grade. A marvelous second-grade girl named Riley
walked up to him one October day.
“Mr. Anderson, I know you aren’t Santa,” she said. She had been positive he
was when she was in Kindergarten. “You’re his brother!”
Hugo Kringle came to life. As Santa’s little brother, the beard didn’t have to be
white and he could just tell stories and sing songs.
The 2017 Christmas season will be Hugo’s fourth. Hugo has performed for
thousands of children in five states and across Taiwan. Mike Anderson wrote
several stories about growing up with the boy who would become Santa and
numerous children’s holiday songs. The stories have been featured on radio and
the songs have been recorded and released on a CD entitled Christmas Songs.
Last year, the first picture book appeared: The Magic Bag. It highlights how
Santa got the bag that holds so much. It was very popular and enjoyed brisk
sales. Recently, the second book appeared: The Flying Bunnies. It goes into
how the reindeer fly. Mr. Anderson says there will be six books in the series.
Mike Anderson is a seasoned writer. He has several chapter books to his credit
and an entire reading series (36 books) for a South Korean educational
publishing company. Both Hugo Kringle books were written by Mike Anderson
and illustrated by Jacksonville’s premier artist Steven Varble. Negotiations have
begun to license the books to a Taiwanese publishing company for distribution
in newspapers and magazines in China, Japan, Korea and Taiwan.