This arresting story of the first Christmas has a succinct, powerful, rhyming text and striking illustrations unlike any other version of the Nativity story, with art and words perfectly matched in an artistic tour de force.
At first glance, the story seems extremely short, even simplistic, and the illustrations washed out, lacking color or life. Read full book review >
Mouse's First Christmas (32 pp.; $12.00; Oct. 1; 0-689-82325-8) Arriving in the snowy avalanche of holiday titles, this book begins with a bit of rhymed play on the beginning of Clement Moore's poem, as Mouse investigates something "sweet and sparkly," a cookie, "warm and melty" hot cocoa, and so on through candy, bells, angels, candles, presents, the tree, and finally, Santa himself. Read full book review >