Lucie Papineau Christmas Eve Magic

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Christmas Eve Magic

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Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol is one of the most enduring holiday stories ever written. Inspired by this masterpiece, Lucie Papineau's text and St?phane Poulin's art make for a striking new interpretation. Barton, a very spoiled and snobbish young pig, hates Christmas. The smell of freshly baked gingerbread, the sound of the homeless orphans' joyful caroling outside his door, the stars shining atop Christmas trees -- Barton hates it all. Sulking in his mansion on the hill, Barton hoards his many toys and counts the hours until Christmas is over. But as he lies awake on Christmas eve, Barton receives an unexpected visitor who shows him his life -- past, present and future -- in a magical new light.

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Stéphane Poulin is a children?s book illustrator and artist. He has won both the Governor General?s Award and the Mr. Christie?s Book Award for his work. He lives in Montreal, Quebec.

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Grade 1-5–Another Christmas, another A Christmas Carol, this version stars animals in Victorian garb. Barton the pig, the rich orphan living in the mansion on the hill, hates Christmas because it reminds him of the parents he lost. He has plenty of toys and servants who obviously care for him, but he's turned into a miserly brat. Then one night he's visited by a magical mouse that shrinks him down to mouse size and takes him on a whirlwind tour of Christmas Eve past, present, and future. Needless to say, when Barton is faced with the possible consequences of his own miserliness, he wakes up and decides it's time to make a change. He invites the orphans to celebrate with him and his servants, and later joins them in their caroling. Poulin's oil-on-canvas illustrations are richly colored and lovingly detailed, his animal characters almost too charming. There's nothing new here, but it is an attractive package, and certainly simplifies a classic tale for young readers.–Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library
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