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Holly Claus: The Christmas Princess [Hardcover]

Brittney Ryan


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Sept. 20 2007 Julie Andrews Collection

When young Christopher writes a letter to Santa Claus, he poses a question no one has ever thought to ask before: Dear Santa Claus, What do you wish for Christmas?

Miraculously, Santa's longtime wish comes true, and a baby girl is born—Princess Holly Claus. But just as the Land of Forever joyously celebrates her arrival, far away an evil is unleashed. A curse is placed on Holly, freezing her heart in ice so her future will be bound by a world of darkness. And with the Gates of Forever now locked, Santa can no longer spread the magic of Christmas to children everywhere. As soon as Holly finds a way to make a daring escape, she begins an astounding journey to the Empire City, determined to free herself and, once and for all, bring back Christmas.

This extraordinary and beautifully illustrated adventure is an everlasting gift of Christmas enchantment.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen (Sept. 20 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061440221
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061440229
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 22 x 28.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #557,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Ryan retells her sweet story of good versus evil, allowing the elegant art to establish… the mood and the backdrop.” (ALA Booklist)

“This dazzling picture book will enchant readers with a classic and beautifully illustrated Christmas adventure.” (Publishers Weekly)

About the Author

Brittney Ryan is a native of Portland, Oregon, where she attended the University of Portland's School of Dramatic Arts and Music. She has performed in over thirty musicals and was voted Most Outstanding Young Woman in America by the National Press Club. As well as being an author, she is an accomplished composer, singer, dancer, and storyteller. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel The Legend of Holly Claus. She lives in California.



Laurel Long has illustrated many children's books, including The Mightiest Heart by Lynn Cullen, which received the Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators; The Magic Nesting Doll by Jacqueline K. Ogburn; hans brinker by Bruce Coville; and The Legend of Holly Claus by Brittney Ryan. Laurel is a professor of art at California State University, Northridge. She lives in Southern California.



Jeffrey K. Bedrick has received international acclaim for his fine art and has also created illustrations for countless publications. He has worked as a concept artist, matte painter, and animator for films and television productions, including Shrek 2, The Little Mermaid II, and Exploring Time. He lives in Northern California.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful addition to your Christmas collection Oct. 10 2007
By R. Tessier - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Library Binding
I own the novel version of The Legend of Holly Claus, and I fell in love with it. I have now been re-reading it every December, to re-experience the magic and to get into that Christmas feeling.

Brittney Ryan's narrative is compelling and heart-warming, and it is simple enough for most children to read, though many adults will adore this story as well.

I have yet to purchase this book, but I feel it is simply the condensed version of the novel, along with gorgeous accompanying illustrations. I greatly admire Laurel's artwork, in its detail, delicacy, and the ability to let the viewer sit for long periods of time just taking in the nuances within the art.

They have gone further with this novel, adding full, vibrant colour to each work of art (since the original illustrations in the novel are black and white), which further enhances the reading experience for children and grown-ups alike.

Lovely story, lovely art.. and brimming with Christmas spirit. What more can be said? I highly recommend this for every parent, book fanatic, and Christmas lover alike!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A magical way to spend the holidays with the ones you love! Oct. 10 2007
By Erika Sorocco - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
For centuries upon centuries Santa Claus has traveled the world every Christmas Eve upon a sleigh pulled by reindeers, a sack of toys perched by his side. Over the course of these years, Santa Claus has never asked for anything in return, and, amongst all of the letters he receives each and every day, no one has ever asked him if he, himself possessed a Christmas wish. Until one year - in December of 1878, to be exact - when Santa Claus opens a letter from a young boy named Christopher W.C. Christopher is kind enough to put his own wants aside, and asks Santa Claus what he desires for Christmas. And so, Santa Claus's wish is granted - he receives the child he has always longed for.

Holly Claus - the Christmas Princess - is brought into the Land of Forever, along with shouts of joy, and celebration. Unfortunately, the splendor of her arrival quickly turns to sadness when the festivities are cut short thanks to the arrival of the evil Herrikhan, an individual who was banished from the Land of the Immortals many years ago for wrongdoing. Herrikhan leaves a curse upon Holly Claus, one that encases her heart in ice, forcing her to stay in a frosty climate for all eternity, or her beautiful heart will melt. But there is an ultimatum. If Holly Claus manages to find the strength to marry Herrikhan, she may live forever - just like her parents. Santa Claus is horrified by the curse, and quickly locks the gates to the Land of Forever, vowing never to open them again. This, in turn, causes Christmas to be put on hold. Suddenly, children of all ages are not experiencing the wonder of Christmas, all because of Herrikhan and Holly. So, when Holly becomes of age, she escapes from the Land of Forever along with her animal friends - Tundra the wolf; Euphemia the owl; Empy the penguin; and Lexy the fox. Holly Claus is determined to change the ways of the Land of Forever, and bring Christmas back to the masses. But when she arrives in New York City, she realizes that her quest may be harder than she originally thought - especially with Herrikhan on the loose to demolish her plans.

Years ago I fell in love with Brittney Ryan's THE LEGEND OF HOLLY CLAUS. The exuberant story, accompanied by an irresistible, compassionate heroine, and Laurel Long's breathtaking illustrations took me to another world, and kept me on the edge of my seat as I experienced the Land of the Immortals and 1800 New York City alongside Holly. Now, with the release of HOLLY CLAUS: THE CHRISTMAS PRINCESS those memories have been brought back to me quite vividly. HOLLY CLAUS: THE CHRISTMAS PRINCESS is basically an abbreviated, picture book-esque version of Ryan's 500+ page THE LEGEND OF HOLLY CLAUS. While the story is shortened quite a bit, it still holds every bit of the magic that THE LEGEND OF HOLLY CLAUS dispersed. And, with the illustrations of Laurel Long, along with Jeffrey K. Bedrick, readers of all ages will find it hard not to fall in love with Holly Claus; and, will, most likely, find themselves drawn into the story in an instant - much like myself. Once more, Ryan has outdone herself, as have Long and Bedrick. Ryan's enchanting words, located side-by-side with Long and Bedrick's magical illustrations are absolutely irresistible, and will keep you occupied for hours upon hours as you pore over the beauty of this book. A magical way to spend the holidays with the ones you love!

Erika Sorocco
Freelance Reviewer
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read the NOVEL that goes along with it! Nov. 6 2011
By Giovanna - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Several of you have mentioned that it seems like parts are missing - THEY ARE...You've got to read the novel, "The Legend of Holly Claus"...It is amazing. I have reread it multiple times...the writing is great...the story is full of adventure, humor, love....etc.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Christmas Story Jan. 17 2008
By B. Tombul - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a very nice Christmas story for your little ones that is beautifully illustrated. My kids really enjoy listening to it, and it is a pleasure to the eye as well.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous Illustrations, boring story Dec 21 2007
By Miss T - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book has the most lovely illustrations.Each page is a feast for the eyes with many tiny,wonderful details to discuss with your child as you read it. But the story itself falls flat. Miss Ryan's style of storytelling is just matter of fact,boring, no lovely descriptions to match the wonderful artwork. I am a children's librarian and the book keeps being checked out and returned in a day or so because each and every child has told me they didn't like the story or they couldn't even finish it because it was too long or not interesting enough. With the name of Julie Andrews attached, I really expected more.

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