cover image Auntie Claus

Auntie Claus

Elise Primavera. Silver Whistle Books, $16 (40pp) ISBN 978-0-15-201909-9

A healthy dose of holiday magic abounds in a picture book poised to make a big splash. A little bit Auntie Mame, a little bit Coco Chanel, Sophie Kringle's glamorous great-aunt lives in a penthouse atop Manhattan's Bing Cherry Hotel. Auntie Claus disappears every holiday season on a mysterious business trip and, determined to discover her destination, Sophie stows away and follows her. Larded with scrumptious visual foreshadowing, Primavera's hilariously arch gouache and pastel illustrations are the highlight of this merry confection. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) FYI: The author has established a Web site for the book at, and Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City has chosen Primavera's tale as the theme for its holiday window display.