THE CHRISTMAS WISH-THE NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER
The Christmas Wish is a fairy tale set in 18th-century Norway. Stunning photographs illustrate this story of a little girl who wishes to become one of Santa's Elves. She skis out alone, and with the help of a succession of friendly animals, finds Santa Claus and the true meaning of Christmas.
Inspired by his native Norway and his snow loving daughter, Anja, award winning photographer Per Breiehagen created a series of striking images of Anja dressed in traditional Norwegian clothing and Sami reindeer shoes. The photos show Anja interacting with reindeer and other Arctic animals. The response to these images on Per’s website was beyond expectations. People from all corners of the world wanted to see more.
Lori Evert, Anja’s mother, was so inspired by the beauty and magic of the image of Anja and the reindeer that she wrote a narrative about who they might be and why they were there. The family then created more pictures to illustrate the story.
The Christmas Wish, which began as a family Christmas card, has evolved into a beautifully crafted book for children and adults alike.
The Christmas Wish, the first book in the series and a New York Times Bestseller, started with photos the family did with four-year old daughter, Anja, in Norway. Those photos evolved into a story book about Anja's magical quest to find Santa with help from a menagerie of Arctic animals.
The Christmas Wish movie, a live action film, is now in pre-production and is slated for Holiday 2017 release. The Wish Books merchandise; beautiful ornaments, plush and many other items, will be available Fall 2016 as will The Brave Puppy, a board book about the adventures of, Birki, the puppy Santa gives to Anja in The Reindeer Wish.
The Christmas Wish
The Christmas Wish, a New York Times Bestseller, is a fairy tale set in late 1800's Norway. Stunning photographs illustrate this story of a little girl who wishes to become one of Santa's Elves. She skis out alone, and with the help of a succession of friendly animals, finds Santa Claus and the true meaning of Christmas.
Praise for The Christmas Wish
"Dreams have never been so photogenic." --USA Today
"A captivating Christmas story with a magic all its own.” --Starred, Kirkus Reviews
"…rosy-cheeked Anja looks like she’s stepped out of a fairy tale, and Breiehagen’s delicious 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." -- Starred, Publishers Weekly
"[The Christmas Wish] points to both the timelessness and the otherworldliness of a child's Christmastime wonder." --The Horn Book
"…this cozy Nordic tale filled with extraordinary photographs will have readers of all ages believing in the magic of Christmas. This is one to pull out every year and savor." —The Children's Book Review
The Tiny Wish
Anja, the kind and brave heroine of the bestselling The Christmas Wish, returns in a springtime adventure. When Anja wishes to be tiny to win a game of hide-and-seek, her wish comes true! Just a few inches tall, she must find her way home with the help of some new animal friends. Extraordinary photo illustrations and enchanting text will leave readers wondering, “Did that really happen?”
Praise for The Tiny Wish
"The Tiny Wish is an exciting adventure...illustrated with superb photographs” --School Library Journal
"I was so hoping this remarkable family team would create another book similar to their first one, The Christmas Wish. And, joy of joys, I got my wish! Now husband, wife, and daughter Anja have invoked all the magic and beauty of spring with stunning photographic narrative and words. It is a delight to turn every page and see the story unfold in such lovely, creative ways. It is spring in the mountains, and Anja is enjoying playing hide-and-seek in the sunshine with her cousins. She makes a wish to be tiny so she can hide more easily. Suddenly, her wish comes true and she finds herself face to face with a finch, who invites her up on his back to see the countryside from the air. Anja's adventures become very big indeed –- as does everything around her –- and she discovers the magic of the meadow from an entirely new perspective.
Will she make it home safely in the end? And was it all a dream? What about the tufts of cotton grass and flowers lying by her pillow? Life is far more mysterious than we imagine it to be! This book’s artistry and imaginative powers make it just as special as the first one, perhaps more! It is a wonder!" --Chinaberry
The Reindeer Wish
It is Christmas Eve in the far, far north. Snow is piled high around her house, school is out, and Anja is feeling a bit lonely. Though her wish is for a puppy, she soon finds a friend of the likes she could only have dreamed —a baby reindeer!
So begins the magical story of Anja’s friendship with Odin the reindeer, the adventures they share, and the choices they must make.
This is the third tale in the breathtaking series by husband-and-wife team Lori Evert and Per Breiehagen featuring their daughter, Anja. The magical Nordic world the family has created draws us in again, and is one we will often revisit and won’t quickly forget.
Praise for The Reindeer Wish
"Though this is a Christmas title like the first book, readers get to see Anja’s northern home through the seasons as she cares for a baby reindeer that has been lost.... It’s a holiday treat for animal lovers, especially since Anja winds up replacing Odin, the pet she never knew she wanted, with a fluffy white puppy, the pet she always wanted.”
"Anja, from The Christmas Wish(2013) and The Tiny Wish(2015, both Random), is back for a third adventure, bringing the same stunning photography of Nordic winter scenes and adorable animal and child interactions. “ —School Library Journal
"A lovely and timeless book to share with the children over a hot cup of cocoa and a fireplace to keep warm over the holidays.” —New York Journal of Books
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Praise and Reviews
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, September 1, 2013:"A captivating Christmas story with a magic all its own.”
Make a wish--for a truly magical Christmas story with supersized photographs of a darling little girl napping with a polar bear, meeting a reindeer and flying across the snowy sky in Santa's sleigh. The little girl, Anja, lives somewhere "so far north that the mothers never pack away the wool hats or mittens." That snowy land is presumably Norway, where the book's photographer and author live with their real-life daughter, Anja, the charming model dressed in traditional Scandinavian clothing for the striking photographs that illustrate the story. The fictional Anja dreams of becoming one of Santa's elves, and one snowy day in December, she sets off on her skis to find Santa Claus. She is helped by talking animals, including a reindeer who leads her to Santa in his sleigh. Santa allows Anja to drive the sleigh and delivers her back to her snow-covered home with a gift of a magical bell. The photographs use lovely backgrounds of snowy trees, sparkling icicles and the northern lights to create an enchanted atmosphere echoed by the text, which unfolds in fairy-tale cadences. A captivating Christmas story with a magic all its own