A Christmas Wish by Marcus Sedgwick

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It's Christmas Eve, but the weather is warm and the grass still green. Before falling asleep, a boy makes an urgent wish for a snowstorm like the one in his swirling snow globe. Later that night, something magical begins to happen. First one flake falls from the cloudless sky, then more and more and more! The world outside the boy's window is soon taken over by the tumbling, twirling snow creatures that have brought the storm with them. And that's not all they've brought! Santa himself makes an appearance with another surprise for the boy-a pair of skates to wear as he skims across the frozen pond the next morning, marveling at the world transformed by his Christmas wish.

Full of superbly surrealistic illustrations, this enchanting picture book features eight translucent pages that draw the reader into the magic of a seemingly impossible wish come true.

Illustrated by Simon Bartram.
 

About Marcus Sedgwick

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Marcus Sedgwick is the author of ten previous novels for young readers. His first, Floodland, won the 1994 Branford-Boase Award for Best First Children's Novel of the Year; he has since been shortlisted for numerous children's book awards, including the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Prize, and the Edgar Allan Poe Award. He lives in Sussex, England. Simon Bartram has illustrated four children's books, including PUMPKIN MOON, about which PUBLISHERS WEEKLY said, "Bartram reinvents David Weisner's TUESDAY with grimacing jack-o-lanterns and a hellfire orange gleam." Of MAN ON THE MOON!, Simon Bartram says, "I wrote the book after I read reports in the newspaper that soon civilians would be taking trips to the moon. If so, then someone would have to keep the moon tidy and presentable - hence, Bob. Another relevant point of inspiration was that I have always suspected that some of my closest friends are not from this planet!
 
Published September 22, 2003 by Dutton Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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On Christmas Eve, a boy who lives near a lake in a warm climate wishes “it would snow like it does in my snow globe.” Two semi-transparent pages introduce a fantasy sequence in deep tones with snowflakes, a gigantic snowman, and strange, snowy creatures swooping into the boy’s world overnight, wi...

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Clever book design and witty, accomplished illustrations shore up a wisp of a plot as Sedgwick's (The Dark Horse) minimal text introduces a boy who lives in a warm, sunny region and fervently wishes "it would snow like it does in my snow globe."

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