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Title:
Christmas city
Author:
Garland, Michael, 1952-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Summary:
"On Christmas Eve, Tommy receives an intriguing invitation from his eccentric Aunt Jeanne and is soon whisked away in a magical taxi to a bustling metropolis where it's Christmas every day"--Dust jacket.
General Note:
"A look again book."
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.1 0.5 65731.
ISBN:
9780525469049
Format :
Book

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Summary

With its suspenseful treasure-hunt plot, this sparkling holiday picture book offers stunning hidden pictures and intriguing clues that lead to a surprise ending. When Tommy receives an invitation from his eccentric Aunt Jeanne, he doesn't hesitate before hopping into the taxi parked outside his house. He is whisked away to a bustling magical metropolis, but Aunt Jeanne is nowhere to be found. Instead, he discovers her rhyming clues that guide him through the decorated streets and squares of Christmas City--each more lively and beautiful than the last. Fans of the I Spy and Look-Alikes series will delight in poring over the scenes to find and count more than 200 camouflaged objects and creatures before reaching the wonderful surprise Tommy's aunt has in store: a magical meeting with Santa himself!


Author Notes

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.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2. On Christmas Eve, Aunt Jeanne sends Tommy a note asking him to climb into the waiting cab and come to meet her. The magical taxi takes off like a rocket and flies Tommy to Christmas City, where he follows a series of clues to find Aunt Jeanne. The point of Tommy's trip is not the destination--children will soon figure out that Aunt Jeanne is actually following Tommy. It is really the treasure hunt for things that are sometimes hidden and sometimes in plain sight, such as 18 angels, 35 candy canes, the names of Santa's reindeer, the Christmas greetings in 10 languages, and all the people, animals, and items mentioned in the song «The Twelve Days of Christmas.» Garland, who also wrote and illustrated Dinner at Magritte's (1995) and Icarus Swinebuckle (2000), pulls out all the digital stops to create the settings for Christmas City, an ornately detailed, architectural fantasy of a grand metropolis. Sometimes dreamlike in its effects, the artwork sparkles with tinsel-bright colors, a profusion of forms, and plenty of action. Children who love the Where's Waldo? and the I Spy series will page through this book over and over for the love of the hunt. Carolyn Phelan.


Publisher's Weekly Review

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. Complex layers of pattern and design multiply the fun. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Gr 1-4-Fans of Garland's Christmas Magic (2001) and The Mouse before Christmas (1997; o.p., both Dutton) will not be disappointed with this year's offering. On Christmas Eve, Tommy's eccentric aunt sends him a note with rhyming clues and a flying cab that whisks him to the magical Christmas City. More notes lead him around the city to discover its wonders before finally meeting up with his relative. Readers are invited to search for 200 hidden pictures, puzzles, and clues (answers supplied in the back). Glowing, fantastical paintings that look computer enhanced fill each spread with action and unique perspectives. Enthusiasts of the "I Spy" books (Scholastic) and "Where's Waldo" series (Candlewick) or Graeme Base's Animalia (Abrams, 1987) will enjoy poring over this holiday treat.-M. W. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.