Christmapus: The Christmas Octopus

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 3 customer ratings
(3 customer reviews)


36 pages, full color, perfect-bound

Ages 12+

ISBN 978-0-9905688-2-7

By Paul Mattingly and F. Andrew Taylor

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Chris the octopus was content as could be under the sea. He knew nothing of Christmas or holiday cheer. That was until one day Santa Claus lost his famous hat … and it found a new home on Chris’ head! Paul Mattingly and F. Andrew Taylor tell the illustrated story of what happened to Chris in this rhyming tale that puts a twisted spin on traditional holiday children’s books (which means adults will get as much, if not more, of a kick from it).

Ships Dec. 1, 2015.

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3 reviews for Christmapus: The Christmas Octopus

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jeff Harris (verified owner)

    Fun, funny, and beautifully drawn. The greatest Christmas octopus story ever told, Christmapus is a gem of a tale!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    doc scoop

    Fantastic book
    Loved reading it to my daughter

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    This deceptively slim tome represents a distillation of C.G. Jung’s work, and hearkens to some of Joseph Campbell’s early work on common mythology. As succinct an expression that only dedication and honesty can bring out of one’s lifetime efforts. What could be more preponderant during an era of rampant conformity such as ours than a bitterly ironic “self-less-ness” of the Christmaspus: originality in thought and deed is discouraged (sometimes violently) if it goes against the grain of established institutional, national, or credo character; our excesses (including population) move unchecked from psyche through biosphere; not to forget the pall of an undeniably burgeoning shadow that is mass-infantilism coupling with powerful cutting edge technologies: how could we possibly stem the tide of an enantiodromia? The Christmaspus’ search for Self does not posit an extreme isolationist necessity, but it does lean very heavily towards a need to critique, to question conventional “wisdom”, and to test further all of the time-tested truths–reducing them to quaint relics if they be obstinately intractable, or fail to be deepened and rejuvenated.

    As the book slyly intimates, although the modern secular State has taken on the unifying role of traditional religion, it is in fact more pernicious and demoralizing because it cannot offer a real experience of individual connection (we become just another number in the many), which functions to simultaneously both ground us in ourselves (our own unique experience of life), and connect us to the larger sphere of life that is beyond our control and manipulation. In other words, through the spiritual experience (which Christmas symbolizes) we get to experience freedom directly, which means freedom from the group as well.

    Through the thin veneer of a child’s Christmas parable, this book presents an excellent angle on the problems which modern man is facing, despite the technical and political advancements. The real problem is that the individual, the very cell of society, has become obscured by statistics and the Leviathan of the modern State with its people’s champions and the unending bureaucracy. Taking into consideration this situation and the proclivity of evil found in the human mind, solutions must be found or devised as soon as possible; the reason for this is that as Carl Jung himself said “Man is the source of all up-coming evil” and that “We know nothing about man”. The salvation of a person nowadays is to gain self-knowledge and self-awareness that will protect him/her against the collective psychic disturbances. Self-knowledge does not imply only an idea of knowledge about one’s ego, but the need to go further and to tap into the unconscious realm of being. Filling this gap between human ego and unconscious is the goal of all mysticism and religion. To conclude the “Christmaspus” lies deep within our spirit, it is the god-force and our true being, some might call it the Image of God. However individuality does not mean isolation, but it opens the gate to true love, the element that brings down tyrannies, and is opposed to the sedated and gregarious mass-mindedness. Further readings that will help clarify what is the self, the knowledge of the self and the unification between the emotions and the reason that can be found in the Hesychast Tradition, both Ancient and Modern.

    (Like us individuals) this book may be small but it is packed with powerful and empowering insights.

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