The Christmas Magic

Written by Lauren Thompson, The Christmas Magic derives much of its power from the haunting watercolor and pastel illustrations created by John Muth, the same illustrator as Zen Ghosts and City Dog, Country Frog. Booklist: “Children get a different Santa than they are used to in a book that focuses on the quiet preparation that leads to Christmas. Far, far north, this Santa Claus is not a jolly old elf, but rather a thin, subdued fellow in a blue suit. There’s no Mrs. Claus—well, Santa darns his own socks—nor are there busy elves. Just reindeer called home from a snowy wilderness who are fed parsnips and berries before their long journey. Alone, Santa readies his sleigh and visits a room with toys, where he picks one for each boy and girl in his book. Finally the night ‘thrums with magic,’ and Santa embarks on his vast journey. It’s the air of magic and mystery, which prevails in both text and art, that will capture children’s interest and allow them to accept a Santa who is not the norm.” Giggle factor: Santa’s bunny slippers are pretty cute. Adult enjoyment: if you like art. Illustrations: five jelly jars.


~ by kaychubbuck on December 20, 2010.

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