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
#1 New York Times
bestselling author Mary Higgins Clark has written thirty-three suspense novels, three collections of short stories, a historical novel, a memoir, and two children’s books. She is the coauthor with Carol Higgins Clark of five suspense novels. More than 100 million copies of her books are in print in the United States alone; her books are international bestsellers.Wendell Minor
is the award-winning illustrator of dozens of picture books, including his own Yankee Doodle America
, Robert Burleigh's Into the Woods
, and Reaching for the Moon
, written by Buzz Aldrin. Mr. Minor's work can be found in the permanent collections of such institutions as the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Library of Congress. He lives with his wife, Florence, in Washington, Connecticut. Visit Wendell Minor at www.minorart.com.