CHRISTMAS CITY by Michael Garland


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Age Range: 5 - 8
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Children who enjoy searching out every last item in the I Spy series will enjoy this complex search-and-find puzzle and story combination with over 200 items to find throughout the volume. The premise involves a boy named Tommy who is sent to a magical place called Christmas City to meet his aunt Jeanne. The shiny red cover shows Tommy flying off to Christmas City in the magical yellow taxi-sleigh his aunt has hired for the journey. She is always hovering in the background, leaving rhyming notes for her nephew about the next location on his journey. Garland’s (The President and Mom’s Apple Pie, 2002, etc.) computer-generated art is the real reason for the volume, with surrealistic layers of architectural elements, characters in costumes from different periods, and dozens of letters, names, elves, and angels to locate and count. (Motivated readers will need pencil and paper to keep track of all the elements as they search.) The basic categories are explained in an initial rhyming note from Aunt Jeanne, and the final page gives more specific guidelines with a longer note in script that winds around the page like a maze. The story concludes when Tommy finally finds his aunt waiting for him (on Santa’s lap), holding a wrapped present for her nephew. (Picture book. 5-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-525-46904-4
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Dutton
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1st, 2002


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