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Children's Fiction Christmas & Advent

The Legend of the Christmas Witch

by (author) Dan Murphy & Aubrey Plaza

illustrated by Julia Iredale

Penguin Young Readers Group
Initial publish date
Nov 2021
Christmas & Advent, Fantasy & Magic, Siblings
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2021
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3


From Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza and creative partner Dan Murphy comes the long lost tale of the Christmas Witch, Santa Claus's much misunderstood twin sister. The perfect gift for the holiday season and beyond!

Gather ‘round the fire to hear a Christmas legend that has never been told before...until now. Each year a mysterious figure sweeps into town, leaving behind strange gifts in the night. No, not Santa Claus, but his sister…
The Christmas Witch.
Her story begins many, many years ago when her brother was torn away from her as a child. Raised alone by a witch of the woods, Kristtörn's powers of magic grew, as did her temper. Determined to find her long lost twin, she set out on a perilous journey across oceans to find him. But what she found instead was a deep-seated fear of her powers and a confrontation that would leave the fate of Christmas hanging in the balance.
From award-winning producer and actress Aubrey Plaza and her creative partner Dan Murphy comes a holiday story unlike any told before. With all the richness of classic folklore, they’ve woven a tale of bravery, love and magic. Whatever you thought you knew about Christmas…think again.

About the authors

Dan Murphy is a cartoonist and writer. For 29 years, he produced political cartoons, editorials, and the Sunday illustrated column Mr. Pundit for The Province newspaper. Thoughtful, satirical, and laugh out loud funny, this is the book Murphy was born to write. Murphy is a Western Magazine Award winner and his work has appeared in Maclean’s, Condé Nast Traveller, Omni, Penthouse, and Surfer.

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Editorial Reviews

Raves for The Legend of the Christmas Witch:

"In a story that pairs the popular holiday with the pagan background of Yuletide, questions of intolerance and human flaws offer interesting layers to ponder and discuss... A well-written and thought provoking tale."—Kirkus Reviews

"The story is steeped heavily in the fairy tale tradition—raven scouts, capes woven from leaves, the ability to talk to animals, a queen who lays frozen under ice—and, especially when paired with illuminated-style borders and the deeply saturated colors of the artwork, it conjures up the magic of the Grimms and Andersen."—Booklist

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