holiday book

'A Charlie Brown Christmas'


Absolute Midnight

Clive Barker

Joanna Cotler/HarperCollins, $24.99, ages 13 and up

In the third installment of this lavish series, a teen girl is menaced by a powerful sorceress in a mystical fantasy world.

The Annotated Peter Pan

J.M. Barrie, edited with an introduction by Maria Tatar

W.W. Norton, $39.95, all ages

The tale of a forever youthful boy and his friends in a handsome edition edited by an authority on classic fairy tales.

The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth

Norton Juster, Leonard S. Marcus, illustrations by Jules Feiffer

Random House, $29.99, ages 8 and up

Illuminating notes, drafts, insights and background on the book's publication such as how Juster and Feiffer met as young neighbors in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Balloons Over Broadway

The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade

Melissa Sweet

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99, ages 4-8

Collage illustrations tell the story of puppeteer Tony Sarg and how his helium balloons would become the trademark of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Chanukah Lights