Mistletoe’s Night is a Christmas story about a teddy bear whose sole purpose in life is to be a Christmas decoration. That is until one December day he is thrown out with the trash and must find a new home.
Ted Balmer is a freelance web developer, graphic designer, and author from Milwaukee, WI. He grew up in Shorewood and later Mequon. He has spent a few years working for a small IT company designing and developing websites until they closed. In 2006, he produced the majority of the illustrations for a college level engineering textbook titled Exploring Engineering, published by Elsevier, which is now in it’s third edition. Since then, he's gone on to produce the illustrations for a Thermodynamics textbook as well.
A young boy, lying awake one Christmas Eve, is welcomed aboard a magical trip to the North Pole . . .
Through dark forests, over tall mountains, and across a desert of ice, the Polar Express makes its way to the city atop the world, where the boy will make his Christmas wish.
For millions of readers worldwide, this mysterious journey to the North Pole has become a beloved classic. In this 30th anniversary edition, the inimitable artistry of Chris Van Allsburg is revealed in a never-before-seen fashion, with a new jacket design and expanded interior layout. Includes an author’s note.
Ralph, Imogene, Leroy, Claude, Ollie, and Gladys Herdman are an awful bunch. They set fire to Fred Shoemaker’s toolshed, blackmailed Wanda Pierce to get her charm bracelet, and smacked Alice Wendelken across the head. And that’s just the start! When the Herdmans show up at church for the free snacks and suddenly take over the Christmas pageant, the other kids are shocked. It’s obvious that they’re up to no good. But Christmas magic is all around and the Herdmans, who have never heard the Christmas story before, start to reimagine it in their own way.
This year’s pageant is definitely like no other, but maybe that’s exactly what makes it so special.