Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree
by: Robert Barry
Every bit of Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree gets used in this tale for children as it's always just a tad too tall. But, given the illustrations, the tree ought to have been the right height quite some time before it was! Those who are expecting something like Jim Henson's made-for-TV movie (starring Robert Downing, Jr., no less) of the same name will find the similarities betwixt these scarce. Most of the people/animals who get a piece of the tree are left out of that rendition (with owls added in) and there is no further story about a Christmas party, or Baxter or Adelaide the maid.
While the book provides a cute story, I had to recheck it out of the library to remember anything beyond what I knew from the film. Turns out, there isn't much to remember.
Story: 2 stars
Illustrations: 3 stars
Average: 2.5 stars
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