cover image Christmas in the Time of Billy Lee

Christmas in the Time of Billy Lee

Jerdine Nolen, illus. by Barry Moser, Disney-Jump at the Sun, $16.99 (40p) ISBN 978-0-7868-1871-6

A girl's deepest wishes come true one Christmas with the help of a magical friend. Ellie confides in and follows advice from Billy Lee, a pal that her parents insist is make-believe. But when snow falls for the first time in 50 years and Mama and Daddy announce some happy news, Ellie knows that it has something to do with Billy Lee. The acknowledgment of money troubles and other concerns makes the magic feel all the sweeter, as Moser's bucolic winter landscapes and cozy portraits convey a hushed wonderment and warm family bonds. Ages 4–7. (Sept.)