A little girl rescues a damaged, plastic choirboy statue that mysteriously comes alive and leads a group of rejected Christmas statues back to the girl’s house.
The unnamed girl lives with her father in their own small house on Candy Cane Lane, a street of otherwise large, fancy houses decorated each year in over-the-top style for Christmas. After a windy blizzard, the girl finds a damaged choirboy figure in a trash can and takes him home, but her dad mistakenly puts the choirboy back in the trash, and the statue ends up at the garbage dump, where he meets a slightly damaged ghost statue and a reindeer statue with a broken antler. They find their way to a factory that makes lawn-ornament statues, and a large group of rejected statues finds their way back to Candy Cane Lane with the help of a friendly giant statue. The girl is thrilled to have the motley crew of figures for her Christmas decorations, and the previously rejected statues are pleased to have found a home together. Santoro is a story artist for animated films, and both the story and illustrations feel like the book version of an animated television special. The computer-generated illustrations have a nostalgic, 1950s flavor, with the muted palette of lavenders and grays conveying a surrealistic atmosphere. Two of the statues and a character in the background have dark skin; the other characters are white.
Readable but forgettable. (Picture book. 4-7)