It's unanimous! The staff is in agreement about The Santa Trap by Jonathan Emmett. This delightful droll story about a very bad little boy is sure elicit more than a few “Oh mys” . The naughtiness is just right.
In a more heartfelt nod to the season try Star Bright by longtime favorite Alison McGhee. Heaven is abuzz with the news of the new baby to be born, but one small angel is fretfully wondering what gift she can give this most important baby. Her solution, beautifully rendered in word and art by Peter Reynolds, will make a glow of light in all who read it.
The Message of the Birds, by Kate Westerlund, with illustrations by Feridun Oral, got past my radar last year, but, thankfully, it fell into my lap this year. Every year, the wise old owl tells the Christmas story to the bird community, but this year a young bird asks why they (the birds) no longer sing the baby’s message. "People no longer listen," is the owl's sad response. When the birds decide to sing it again, to a new audience, it finds eager ears. No matter your religious, or non-religious, affiliation, the birds' message is sure to give you a glimmer of hope for this dark world.
We’ve got all these and more season-centered stories waiting for you at Otto’s, a booklover’s paradise in the heart of downtown Williamsport.
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