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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.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 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.Gather 'round


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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.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 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.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, Kristtōrn'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.

19 review for The Legend of the Christmas Witch

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I'm going to need an animated movie of the Christmas Witch, and then a sequel, The Rise of the Christmas Witch. And I hope she goes for Santa himself first. He's been naughty and not so nice. I'm going to need an animated movie of the Christmas Witch, and then a sequel, The Rise of the Christmas Witch. And I hope she goes for Santa himself first. He's been naughty and not so nice.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Miya (in a puddle of pain)

    Loved it! The illustrations are gorgeous! The earthy nature loving witchy vibe is amazing. There is so much to this story if you pay attention. I would say this might not be for those who like super super traditional Christmas stories. I just loved it though. Definitely keeping my fingers crossed that Aubrey Plaza does a film for this one.

  3. 4 out of 5

    tay (taylor reads)

    not what i was expecting but i really enjoyed! the audiobook for this 🙌🏼🙌🏼 top tier. so wintery i wish i had read it last month😭

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Highly unusual! I loved it, and I wanted it to be a novel. (With illustrations!) (Maybe a graphic novel?) There were too many words on each page for it to work as a read aloud, and the story honestly begged for more, more descriptions, more magic, more to the story! But it was still very, very cool and a great addition to the Christmas book collection at Chez Georges.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rachael Davis

    This to me is dark folklore. It isn't a fantasy fairytale that you tell to you kids on Christmas Eve if you want them to be filled with happiness and magic. This book is... unusual. Kriss Kringle has a twin sister, Kristtōrn, and honestly, he's a jerk to her.. definitely not the jolly man we've grown to know. She continued to have negative experiences which influences the way her powers manifest and how the world viewed her. She was strong, dedicated, and loyal... and as the synopsis says, she's This to me is dark folklore. It isn't a fantasy fairytale that you tell to you kids on Christmas Eve if you want them to be filled with happiness and magic. This book is... unusual. Kriss Kringle has a twin sister, Kristtōrn, and honestly, he's a jerk to her.. definitely not the jolly man we've grown to know. She continued to have negative experiences which influences the way her powers manifest and how the world viewed her. She was strong, dedicated, and loyal... and as the synopsis says, she's misunderstood. I read this via PenguinAudio in exchange for an honest review. I really enjoyed Aubrey Plaza's narration, the sound effects, and the pacing. I really want to get the physical copy because I hear the illustrations are gorgeous!Honestly this is definitely a story April Ludgate would write LOL

  6. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    The audiobook for this was fantastic. It was an interesting little story but the way they did the sound effects and narration really set it apart. I want this as a dark adult novel now!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle

    "Like a wondrous phantom who smelled of the sea, she whistled in the darkness a strange melody.." This beautifully told, dark folkloric tale is bewitchingly melodic and while not your typical Christmas tale it is the perfect read for those who love the magically strange! I so hope for a part two to this one! "Like a wondrous phantom who smelled of the sea, she whistled in the darkness a strange melody.." This beautifully told, dark folkloric tale is bewitchingly melodic and while not your typical Christmas tale it is the perfect read for those who love the magically strange! I so hope for a part two to this one!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sage Sager-Romano

    When I saw this book at my local B&N, immediately I was drawn in by the beautiful illustrations that were done. Just gorgeous! This is an aesthetically pleasing book that any person would be drawn in by. However, I will be returning it because of the messaging it gives children.The authors did seem to do some research on Paganism and witchcraft and the character for the Christmas Witch is very reminiscing of La Befana, the folkloric Italian witch of Christmas who loved children and gave back dur When I saw this book at my local B&N, immediately I was drawn in by the beautiful illustrations that were done. Just gorgeous! This is an aesthetically pleasing book that any person would be drawn in by. However, I will be returning it because of the messaging it gives children.The authors did seem to do some research on Paganism and witchcraft and the character for the Christmas Witch is very reminiscing of La Befana, the folkloric Italian witch of Christmas who loved children and gave back during the holidays on her journey to give her gift to baby Jesus. However, what I thought looked like a possible merging of holiday traditions between the Pagan Yule and Christianity’s Christmas (both are very historically linked) as I browsed through the pages, I was baffled at the end. The book starts out demonstrating beautiful traditions they both learn from being raised in two different upbringings, yet at the end, Krisstorn (the Christmas Witch) is portrayed as a villain and ends up being forever locked into a block of ice when she clearly wanted to be able to be with her brother and help with her natural talents as well. She was rejected by others, then by him, where the very words by her brother say “you are too different for them to accept. There is no place for you out there. Stay here where you are safe. Someday, I am certain things will change” and leaves her. Both my sister and I read it before considering giving it to my daughter and both concluded a hard “no” because of what it’s teaching. We were just left with an overarching feeling of “what was the point to the story?” and “what is this teaching my child?”.You’ll like this book of course if you like the imagery, if you’re into the old school fairy tale tellings, and if you’re into the hero versus villain thing. If you are actually Pagan and/or actually a witch and have children, I’d HIGHLY suggest finding some other books as this one still perpetuates the nonsensical divisive narrative of spirituality and that we should reject what is different from us. The narrative itself is just getting old.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Aj

    This is a stort of a magical girl with a temper who becomes vilified and the story ends with her frozen in snow after a temper tantrum. I'm sorely dissatisfied and disappointed in a tale that I hoped would incorporate a joyful alternative to Santa but sticks with the trope that witches are tempermental and evil. A terrible way to end a holiday tale. I assume there will be an additional book but the lovely illustrations do not make up for a crappy tale. This is a stort of a magical girl with a temper who becomes vilified and the story ends with her frozen in snow after a temper tantrum. I'm sorely dissatisfied and disappointed in a tale that I hoped would incorporate a joyful alternative to Santa but sticks with the trope that witches are tempermental and evil. A terrible way to end a holiday tale. I assume there will be an additional book but the lovely illustrations do not make up for a crappy tale.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Earle

    I was given this book as a gift and I positively love itThe illustrations and whimsical and darkThe story is beautiful (and a bit sad)A delightful book for young and old

  11. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    This book is very much my aesthetic. I read an e-ARC but will definitely need to get this one in print. 🥰 I was going to give this 4 stars but the art is so good and so cozy that I had to go with 5 in the end.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Milton Public Library

    This is the more, non-traditional Christmas story of the long lost twin sister of Kris Kringle, Kristtorn. The twins are abandoned deep in the forest and cared for by the animals there. As they grow they learn how to communicate with the animals and Mother Earth. As they grow up, Kris is adopted by a family unable to have children and Kristtorn finds a home with the local witch. Each learns different skills that form who they ultimately become!I saw that this book was written by Aubrey Plaza and This is the more, non-traditional Christmas story of the long lost twin sister of Kris Kringle, Kristtorn. The twins are abandoned deep in the forest and cared for by the animals there. As they grow they learn how to communicate with the animals and Mother Earth. As they grow up, Kris is adopted by a family unable to have children and Kristtorn finds a home with the local witch. Each learns different skills that form who they ultimately become!I saw that this book was written by Aubrey Plaza and knew that I had to read it! This book looks like a picture book but it is more just a large book for middle grade students. I found the story to be incredibly creative with an Earthy vibe. It definitely feels like a folk tale, full of magic and transformatins. The illustrations are great and really add to the narrative. This would make a great animated movie!Find it today: https://ent.sharelibraries.info/clien...Ashley C. / Milton Public Library #CheckOutMPL

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shawna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Absolutely obsessed. My son and I listened together on audio but I’m going to buy the physical book as well. It’s now going to be part of our annual holiday books. I love how rich and magical this story is. Read “child friendly version of how witches were treated and pagan Yule was stolen” if this ever does become a movie I volunteer as tribute to play the witch, I will literally do it for free.

  14. 5 out of 5

    FloeticFlo

    This was 4 stars until I didn't like the ending. The audiobook was a delight to listen to, but I think I missed out by not being able to see the artwork. Overall, a nice fun fantasy read for the holiday season. This was 4 stars until I didn't like the ending. The audiobook was a delight to listen to, but I think I missed out by not being able to see the artwork. Overall, a nice fun fantasy read for the holiday season.

  15. 4 out of 5

    A Home Library

    Book: The Legend of the Christmas WitchAuthor: Aubrey Plaza & Dan MurphyPublication Info: November 2021, Penguin Random HouseGenres: Children’s / Young Readers, Middle Grade, Picture Books, Folklore, Christmas/Yuletide, Holiday, Myths/Fairy TalesFrom 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!The author / narrator of this ch Book: The Legend of the Christmas WitchAuthor: Aubrey Plaza & Dan MurphyPublication Info: November 2021, Penguin Random HouseGenres: Children’s / Young Readers, Middle Grade, Picture Books, Folklore, Christmas/Yuletide, Holiday, Myths/Fairy TalesFrom 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!The author / narrator of this children’s book is actress Aubrey PlazaGather ‘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.My Bookstagram Picture for this audiobookHer 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, Kristtōrn’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.My ThoughtsI listened to the audiobook narrated by Aubrey Plaza and read the physical illustrated copy. I received the audiobook from Penguin Random House in exchange for honest feedback and obtained a physical copy on my own. On Bookstagram, I included an excerpt clip from the audiobook & several examples of illustrated pages.The audiobook is short, only 40 or so minutes, and is narrated by Plaza. It also has sound effects/music. It was really enjoyable. I listed back in November and it just felt very whimsical and I think the author/narrator was a good fit for telling the story despite not having any previous audiobook narration experience (that I’m aware of). She read the book similarly to what you’d imagine for a children’s story.The physical copy is beautiful. I love the illustrations that have a certain fairy tale / holiday vibe to them. I don’t know much about folklore or Yuletide, but I read up on the connections and can see where there were inspirations in this book’s story & drawings. I really liked in particular some of the depictions of the main character, they really helped paint a picture in my mind as I listened to Plaza’s story.All in all, I think this book is appropriate even outside of the holiday seasons. It is more about the journey that the character has more so than just the holiday theme only. It’s good for anyone who could remotely be interested in this subject matter, as well as fans of the actress who want to see her creative young reader’s fiction work.LinksInstagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/CZz36OhLXpA/Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5...Penguin: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/bo...

  16. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie

       While the tale of Santa Claus - Kristoffer - is well-known throughout the world, the tale of his twin sister Kristtörn is less so. They are both friends of animals and nature and spent their early lives living together in the woods with just friendly animals as company. Until one day, braver Kristoffer approaches a couple in the woods and goes home with them, leaving his sister behind. An old friendly witch finds her and takes her in, and teachers her how to use her magic with the promise th    While the tale of Santa Claus - Kristoffer - is well-known throughout the world, the tale of his twin sister Kristtörn is less so. They are both friends of animals and nature and spent their early lives living together in the woods with just friendly animals as company. Until one day, braver Kristoffer approaches a couple in the woods and goes home with them, leaving his sister behind. An old friendly witch finds her and takes her in, and teachers her how to use her magic with the promise that her destiny is to one day find her twin brother again.   The illustrations by Julia Iredale are absolutely gorgeous, so full of life and color and detail, and really bring out the spirit of nature. The story itself is well written, though take note - it definitely follows in the Grimm tradition, which caught me by surprise especially given how beautifully everything is done, with such deep colors. (view spoiler)[I would even say it could fit well with lessons about one's own feelings about difficult situations/about being attacked or shunned because of mistaken beliefs/misunderstandings and how we deal with those feelings, and even serve as an opening to talk about climate change. I think it might be a bit scary/unsettling for the younger side of the recommended reading age of 5-8, but with adult/older child guidance, it could still work (hide spoiler)]. It's a fairy tale, and while I didn't read it out loud, I'm sure it would make for good reading together around the Christmas tree. Or rather, the Yuletide tree. And even for kids too young to follow the story, they might still enjoy the imagery (especially all the penguins!).Typo:"You must always be careful, when you use magic, to never been seen. - page 18 - "been" should be "be"

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bryan Ball

    I absolutely loved this- not so little- picture book. This a gorgeous story, imagining a sister of Santa Claus who is raised in the woods by a witch, separated from her brother. The artwork is absolutely gorgeous. And the humor in here is wonderfully Plaza’s, and embraces the scary stories of the Christmas season.

  18. 4 out of 5

    ana (taylor’s version) ☾

    Aubrey Plaza is unhinged for making me believe she’s a real life witch apprentice just to read her book. Only SHE could pull that off. AND I RESPECT THAT. Aubrey Plaza, I ADORE YOU. I’m free thursday nights if you wanna hang out on thursday nights when I’m free. Lmk.F*** Santa.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Dodd

    Loved this twist on the classic Santa story! I think every classic Christmas story needs a red haired witch added in now.

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