Tom Weber's book pick this week is "The Christmas Wish," by Lori Evert and Per Breiehagen.
It's a picture book, and a family effort. Evert wrote the story about a little girl who leaves home on a journey to find Santa and help him. The images are photographs that Breiehagen took of the couple's daughter clad in a traditional Norwegian outfit and posed with reindeer, polar bears, cardinals and Saint Nick.
At first glance, the images resemble Jan Brett's illustrations. But they're photographs.
From the starred review via Publishers Weekly:
Set "in a place so far north that the mothers never pack away the wool hats or mittens," the tale follows Anja as she ventures through ice and snow on skis and aided by several animals to find Santa Claus before Christmas. ... rosy-cheeked Anja looks like she's stepped out of a fairy tale, and Breiehagen's delicious (and, necessarily, digitally altered) photographs of her riding on the back of a polar bear and meeting Santa amid the snowy pines of the North Pole create the sense that magic is very real.