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A Christmas wish
Sedgwick, Marcus.
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Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 31 cm
At a warm Christmas time, a young boy wishes that it would snow the way it does in his snow globe.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 1.2 0.5 74614.
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PIC BK Juvenile Fiction Holiday

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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.

Author Notes

Marcus Sedgwick was born in East Kent, England. He is primarily a young adult author. His books include She Is Not Invisible, White Crow, Revolver, and The Ghosts of Heaven. He won the 2014 Michael L. Printz Award for Midwinterblood. His first adult novel, A Love Like Blood, was published in 2014.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 1. British novelist Marcus Sedgwick ( The Dark Horse, Floodland) makes his picture-book debut with A Christmas Wish, published in Great Britain as A Winter's Tale. In his lakeside home one warmish Christmas eve, a boy wishes it would snow outside like it does inside his snow globe. Magically, his wish comes true--his house is soon aswirl in an extraordinary snowstorm teeming with bears, dancers, gingerbread men, and skiers as the lake outside freezes into a festive ice rink. Translucent, frosted paper overlays, scattered with snow, convey a sense of increasing snowfall, while the scene beneath reveals wintery gusts led by a spike-headed snow wizard. In the morning, The dancing stops, / the snow subsides / and the magic? The magic has just begun! Bartram's illustrations contrast serene, old-fashioned neo-Rockwellian scenes with the more cartoonish star-spangled, snowy swirl of magic. The story is virtually nonexistent, but readers who have been transfixed by the tiny world inside a snow globe may be transported by this visual winter fantasy. --Karin Snelson Copyright 2003 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

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." Bartram (Pinocchio) whips up a magical, surreally anthropomorphic blizzard in his acrylics: the storm, personified by a wiry, spike-coiffed snowman (Frosty's punk-rock alter ego?), blows in some polar bears on skateboards, ice skaters and other wintry characters. It's the strategic use of translucent overlays that takes the cake, however, helping turn the boy's verdant lakeside yard into a showcase for a white Christmas like no other. Ages 5-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Seeming to strive for a mood in which the magical and the surreal intersect, Sedgwick instead offers a slender premise: a boy wishes for a snowfall like the one in his snow globe. For no particular or apparent reason, it does snow, providing the illustrator with an opportunity to populate the large, heavyweight pages with myriad fantastical creatures. The illustrations have energy and ingenuity, but not enough to prop up the tedious text ("Something really magical is happening"). Transparent pages with globs of snow (more closely resembling raindrops on a car windshield) signal the beginning and end of the magic without adding to the story or the mood. Much ado about very little.-S. P. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.