BOOK NOOK REVIEWS: The Attic Christmas by B. G. Hennessy

TITLE: The Attic Christmas

AUTHORB. G. Hennessy

ILLUSTRATOR: Dan Andreasen

PUBLISHER:  G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 2004


When Angel, Mr. Macaroni, Silver Bell, Skier, Special Delivery, Santa, and Camel find themselves stuck in the attic with Christmas fast approaching, they know something is wrong. Every year Lily hangs them on the tree for her grandchildren, and now her house seems empty. “It’s like a baby with no bed,” says Angel. “We are ornaments without a tree. Without Lily, there will be no Christmas at all.”

WHAT I LIKED ABOUT THIS BOOK :  I get nostalgic this time of year. Memories of childhood holidays swirl around me as cinnamon smells greet me when I walk through the grocery stores or the fresh pine smells as I stroll the aisles of Home Depot. Author, B. G. Hennessy, has created a touching story about Christmas ornaments eagerly awaiting their place on the family Christmas tree. But this year is different. This year they find themselves still tucked away in the attic and decide to create their own Christmas. The illustrations have a very nostalgic feel to them as well. Young readers will enjoy getting to know all the individual ornaments and joining in as they get ready for The Attic Christmas. A great addition to any library!

RATING: ***** 5 Stars *****


1 star…probably not worth your time.

2 stars…there are some things to like, but could elements have been stronger.

3 stars…this story will appeal to some readers but others might find it lacking something.

4 stars…strong story, nice illustrations, and should grab the attention of many readers.

5 stars…superbly written story, stellar illustrations, a must addition to any book lovers’ collection!



Jack is afraid of the THING in the closet. Monty is afraid of the LUMP in the bed. One day boy and monster both decide they no longer want to fear what hides in the dark. Both have a plan, but will be surprised by what they discover after A BUMP IN THE NIGHT.

Hybrid published author, Donna L Martin, has been writing since she was eight years old. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in TaeKwonDo by day and a ‘ninja’ writer of flash fiction, children’s picture books, chapter books, young adult novels and inspirational essays by night. Donna offers occasional BOOK NOOK REVIEWS of great children’s books and offers WRITERLY WISDOM to new and established writers. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Alliance of Independent Authors, and Children’s Book Insider. Donna loves dark chocolate, going to the beach and adding to her growing book collection.

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