Thanks BookLook for a review copy for this affiliate-linked review of A Night of Great Joy.
I’ve loved Mary Engelbreit’s work for years. She is an artist, and you may have received one of her note cards from me if I’ve ever written you a letter:
Mary’s art pops up in many places — calendars, mugs, watches, and more. Michael’s used to carry lots of inexpensive items with her artwork. She used to have a magazine, which I subscribed to. I really associate her mainly with the 1990s, but with A Night of Great Joy, I’m happy to see that she is still going strong.
I LOVE this book! Everything about it, really. The cover is gorgeous — the jacket has glittery bits. The illustrations are vintage ME — cute kids in endearing poses. The story here is of a group of kids putting on a nativity play. The text is simple, but that’s fitting because the artwork is what will really draw children (and adults) into the book.
Notice the details — the children’s faces and expressions.
Can you tell I love this book? It’s sweet, and would be a lovely Christmas keepsake for a child (or for many adults!). As you can see on the right edge of this picture, even the end sheet is sweetly illustrated.
Side note: in German, “Engelbreit” means “bright angel.” I found this interview with Mary online. It’s interesting if you’d like to know a bit more about her life.
Are you a Mary Engelbreit fan?