Holly Claus: The Christmas Princessby Brittney Ryan, Laurel Long (Illustrator), Jeffrey K. Bedrick (Illustrator)
Miraculously, Santa's longtime wish comes true, and a baby girl is born -- Princess Holly Claus. But just as the Land of Forever joyously celebrates her arrival, far away an evil is unleashed. A curse
When young Christopher writes a letter to Santa Claus, he poses a question no one has ever thought to ask before: Dear Santa Claus, What do you wish for Christmas?
Miraculously, Santa's longtime wish comes true, and a baby girl is born -- Princess Holly Claus. But just as the Land of Forever joyously celebrates her arrival, far away an evil is unleashed. A curse is placed on Holly, freezing her heart in ice so her future will be bound by a world of darkness. And with the Gates of Forever now locked, Santa can no longer spread the magic of Christmas to children everywhere. As soon as Holly finds a way to make a daring escape, she begins an astounding journey to the Empire City, determined to free herself and, once and for all, bring back Christmas.
This extraordinary and beautifully illustrated adventure is an everlasting gift of Christmas enchantment.
Gr 1-3-This picture-book condensation of Ryan's novel The Legend of Holly Claus(HarperCollins, 2004) has all of its baffling plot twists intact but none of its charm. In New York City in 1878, a little boy writes to Santa asking what he would like for Christmas, which somehow causes Holly Claus, Santa's daughter, to be born. She is cursed by a nefarious warlock and blessed by her godmother at birth, escapes to New York City to help its poor citizens, falls in love, and saves Christmas. Although some readers may initially be attracted to the florid, glittery illustrations of Barbie-like Holly and her world, the pedestrian writing and cluttered plot will fail to hold their interest.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public LibraryCopyright 2007 Reed Business Information
Meet the Author
Brittney Ryan is a native of Portland, Oregon, where she attended the University of Portland's School of Dramatic Arts and Music. She has performed in over thirty musicals and was voted Most Outstanding Young Woman in America by the National Press Club. As well as being an author, she is an accomplished composer, singer, dancer, and storyteller. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Legend of Holly Claus. She lives in California.
Laurel Long has illustrated many children's books, including The Mightiest Heart by Lynn Cullen, which received the Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators; The Magic Nesting Doll by Jacqueline K. Ogburn; hans brinker by Bruce Coville; and The Legend of Holly Claus by Brittney Ryan. Laurel is a professor of art at California State University, Northridge. She lives in Southern California.
Jeffrey K. Bedrick has received international acclaim for his fine art and has also created illustrations for countless publications. He has worked as a concept artist, matte painter, and animator for films and television productions, including Shrek 2, The Little Mermaid II, and Exploring Time. He lives in Northern California.
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