I recently had the pleasure of reading a delightful new holiday fantasy book called Secrets of a Christmas Box, by Steven Hornby. I'll admit it: the cover reeled me in, in two seconds flat. I saw the little elf with the snowman, and it looked fun. (I know, never judge a book by its cover, but I was right on this one!)
Larry, the Christmas snowman wakes up from his sleep in the magical Christmas Box (hence, the title) and discovers his brother Terrence is missing. Larry enlists the help of Debbie - a plastic elf/reindeer girl, Tinsel - Larry's companion, and Splint -a painted wooden soldier to find him. Here's the thing: they are not supposed leave the tree and wander through the house - it's against the laws of the "Tree-Elders"!
Yes, they are all Christmas tree ornaments!
Along the way they find out a not-so-wonderful secret that could ruin their entire world, and the Christmas crew must make it back to the tree without being spotted.
Remember the magic you felt as a child when you would look at the decorated holiday tree? This book really brings that magic alive. I think Secrets of a Christmas Box is a wonderful read for the holidays! (Back to the illustrations: there are small black and white drawings throughout the book, making it an even faster read.)
Secrets of a Christmas Box is geared for ages 8 to 12 (though, parents may want to read it aloud to a slightly younger crowd (there are a few scary parts, no worse than a Disney movie) if they want, and you'll probably enjoy it just as much as your kids will!), and it's available in bookstores September 1st, 2009. You can also purchase a special gift set online using PayPal that includes a signed edition of the book!
Here's a little promo trailer advertising the book, if you're interested: