When a beloved ornament breaks, will it ruin the holidays or save them? New York Times bestselling author and Caldecott Honor–winning illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi offers a brand-new Christmas story that is sure to be a holiday classic.
Jack wants this to be the best Christmas ever, and he knows just how to make it happen…
More! More lights, more presents, more cookies, more treats. More. More. More! So, when Jack breaks a dusty old ornament, he’s not sure why his mom is so upset. They can always get more ornaments, so what’s the big deal? Turns out the ornament was an heirloom, precious for more reasons than one. And Jack has a lot to learn about the true meaning of Christmas.
A fairy emerges from the shattered ornament. She has the power to make the most magical Christmasy things happen. Suddenly trees are sprouting, reindeer are flying, and snowmen are snowball fighting. All of it is so perfect, or it would be if she could fix Mom’s ornament. But she can’t.
So it’s up to Jack to make some Christmas magic of his own.
There's no missing the timeless message of this tale by DiTerlizzi (The Spider and the Fly). On Christmas Eve, Jack's requests for additional decorations and a bigger tree ("Santa needs more room underneath to leave us more presents!") are scuttled by his parents, who look on in horror as Jack plucks a striped ball from an old box an antique ornament that drops from its hook and shatters. After his parents sorrowfully retreat upstairs, an elfin fairy named Tinsel appears and grants, with over-the-top embellishment, Jack's wish for "the best Christmas ever!" Though nutcrackers, reindeer, and snowmen parade through the door, and snow-covered trees burst through the floor, Jack demands "More! More!" But he realizes that something's missing, and Tinsel shares a vision from the past: his mother's grandmother giving her the ornament he broke. The author delivers a sound, easily relatable lesson about the perils of greed and the essence of Christmas as Jack devises a way to make amends in the story's heartwarming finale. Ages 4 8. \n