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From Barnes & NobleThe Barnes & Noble Review
Mary Engelbreit, author of a bestselling version of The Night Before Christmas and other heartwarming tales, serves up this holiday treat about a girl who gets her Christmas list all set for Santa.
It's seven days before the big day, and Ann Estelle, "the self-appointed Queen of Christmas," is anxious to get her holiday wish list ready in time for Kris Kringle's arrival. Day by day, Ann Estelle thinks about another special gift to add to the list, and as Christmas Eve draws nearer, her list gets longer and longer. After she bakes cookies with her mother and puts an apron on the list, skates with her grandmother and marks down a new red skating outfit -- along with other wishes as the days go by -- the rosy-cheeked girl finally goes to sleep on Christmas Eve satisfied that she's thought of everything. The next day, Ann Estelle wakes to find that "she didn't get everything on her list" but "that the gifts she did get were absolutely perfect." And what's more, she even reminds her dad about the true meaning of Christmas before settling down for a cozy slumber.
With all the cheer and warmth that fans have grown to adore, Engelbreit pens a charmer that should be a part of every child's holiday wish list. The illustrator's bright patterns and down-home appeal fit snugly beside her accessible text, making the presentation eye-catching and exciting, especially with the Ann Estelle paper doll included with the book. A royally merry holiday read! Shana Taylor