'Father Christmas' by Catherine Storr
Illustrations by Marjorie-Ann Watts
Short Story (1957)
The Wolf thinks that Polly cannot possibly resist Father Christmas, but instead of catching her with his disguise, he ends up playing the part in a shop full of children.
The Polly and the Wolf stories are some of the first I used to read myself, and they are brilliant. The Wolf in particular is one of the greatest and funniest fictional characters I have ever come across. In this story, he has some truly hilarious moments, such as trying to come to terms with Polly and himself not being able to see each other when he puts on his disguise to phone her.
' "...One of them did ask for a baby sister," he said thoughtfully, "but did she really want her to eat, I ask myself?" '
Catherine Storr, Polly and the Wolf Again (Puffin Books, 1970), p.29.