Christmastime by Alison Jay

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A cozy, visually rich celebration of Christmas to pore over

Readers are off to the North Pole in this brimming holiday treat. On each page, a deceptively simple item--stocking, snowman, reindeer--pulls readers into a nostalgic, exquisitely detailed moment of the yuletide journey: a trip in Santa's sleigh, supper with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, watching the elves hard at work, and finally arriving home in time for Christmas morning.

Secret clues, plus hidden allusions to classic Christmas carols, elevate this from a gorgeous book to an interactive holiday treasure hunt--a natural fit for the whole family at Christmastime.

About Alison Jay

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Alison Jay lives in London, England.
Published November 8, 2012 by Dial. 32 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Sports & Outdoors, Children's Books.

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Each page shows one view of a particular item or scene with just one or two words of description, and every illustration includes an element from the previous page and one from the following page.

Aug 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Christmastime

Publishers Weekly

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In an album of crackle-varnish paintings that suggest a bygone era, Jay (The Cloud Spinner) catalogues images seen by two children on a fantastical Christmas Eve journey.

Sep 10 2012 | Read Full Review of Christmastime

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A parallel visual storyline shows a brother and sister making a Christmas Eve trip to the North Pole with Santa, then being brought home by an angel and opening presents on Christmas morning.

Nov 08 2012 | Read Full Review of Christmastime

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