cover image Christmastime


Alison Jay. Dial, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8037-3804-1

In an album of crackle-varnish paintings that suggest a bygone era, Jay (The Cloud Spinner) catalogues images seen by two children on a fantastical Christmas Eve journey. While not a creature is stirring, a boy and girl tiptoe from bed to greet Santa and his reindeer out on the snowy lawn. They are soon dashing with their jolly chauffeur through the night sky to the North Pole, where they are welcomed by Mrs. Claus and the elves before an angel escorts them home. Each page features a softly lit scene inspired by an evocative word—“carolers,” “snowman,” “workshop.” Attentive readers can also try to find clues in the illustrations that link the pictures to favorite Christmas carols. Ages 2–6. Agent: The Organisation. (Nov.)