Christmas Magic by Michael Garland

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When lonely Emily tiptoes out of bed on Christmas Eve, she witnesses wild holiday enchantment in action-her cat and dog have learned how to sing "Jingle Bells," a rowdy crowd of mice are baking pies in the kitchen, and the snow-woman Emily built earlier in the day to keep her company has come to life! The best magic of all, however, is in Emily's brand-new friendship with the shy boy next door, which begins when they realize that they alone have witnessed the fantastical late-night happenings.

Michael Garland's stunning illustrations are showcased in the ornate Victorian setting of Emily's home and neighborhood. Infused with warmth and mysterious action, this book is a gentle, joyful reminder that no matter what else the holiday brings, love and friendship hold the true magic of Christmas.
 

About Michael Garland

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Author and illustrator Michael Garland was born in Manhattan in 1952. He studied art at Pratt Institute and soon after graduating, he sold his first illustration to True Confessions magazine. He has written or illustrated over 40 books.
 
Published September 24, 2001 by Dutton Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Enchantment is in the air as Emily builds a snowwoman in her yard, topping her off with an old coat, a carrot nose, a straw hat, and a fancy name—Katrina.

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As brightly colored as a string of Christmas tree lights, Garland's (The Mouse Before Christmas) oddly surreal computer-generated illustrations teeter on the edge of garish;

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In Christmas City: A Look-Again Book by Michael Garland, a companion to Mystery Mansion, rhyming text challenges readers to spot the more than 200 objects hidden in the computer-generated collage illustrations.

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Magical merriment breaks out at Emily's house on Christmas Eve, when she sneaks out of bed to discover singing pets, a chorus line of stockings and a snowman and snowwoman dancing on the front lawn.

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