Eight-year-old Johnny is eager to visit his grandparents in their big stone house in Connecticut. He vividly remembers his last trip there when he was three, and his strongest memory is of a beautiful, hand-carved wooden horse. Johnny tells his little brother, Liam, that this year, it will be his turn to enjoy it–but the horse has vanished. Will wishing be enough to bring it back on Christmas Day? This story of a caring family, skillfully illustrated in gouache and watercolor, warmly and effectively conveys the selfless ideal of the season. School Library Journal
, October 2011
“Nostalgic paintings and narrative, along with these collaborators’ (Ghost Ship
) hefty fan bases, are likely to make this a solid holiday seller...Minor’s gouache and watercolor art, featuring his characteristic exquisite detail, gives the book its magic” – Publisher’s Weekly
, September 2011
About the Author
Mary Higgins Clark, #1 international and New York Times
bestselling author, has written thirty-four suspense novels; three collections of short stories; a historical novel, Mount Vernon Love Story
; two children’s books, including The Magical Christmas Horse
; and a memoir, Kitchen Privileges.
With her daughter Carol Higgins Clark, she has coauthored five more suspense novels, and also wrote The Cinderella Murder
with bestselling author Alafair Burke. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies in the United States alone.
Wendell Minor has illustrated dozens of picture books, and his work has won countless awards and is in permanent collections of such institutions as the Museum of American Illustration and the Library of Congress. His cover illustrations have graced some of the most significant novels of our time by authors such as Toni Morrison, David McCullough, and James Michener. He lives in Washington, Connecticut. Visit him online at MinorArt.com.