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Merry and Hark: A Christmas Story (Hardcover)

Merry and Hark: A Christmas Story By April Genevieve Tucholke, Rebecca Santo (Illustrator) Cover Image
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A heartwarming and whimsical story about the connection between humans and nature, and the magic of Christmas.

Merry has always wanted to go on a grand adventure, like the great Hero Owls from her favorite stories. But she is just a little owl. Little owls don't have adventures. Then one day, Merry falls asleep in her favorite tree—and wakes up in a big, noisy city! Can a little owl on a grand adventure find her way home?

Perfect for city kids and nature lovers alike, Merry and Hark is a cozy read at Christmas and all year round.

About the Author

April Genevieve Tucholke grew up on a farm, where she spent her time wandering the prairie and daydreaming. Her acclaimed, award-winning books have been published in sixteen countries. April lives in Savannah, Georgia. She loves coffee, forests, and gothic cities. Visit her online at

Rebecca Santo is a Cleveland-based illustrator. Since graduating from the Cleveland Institute of Art, she has illustrated for The Washington Post and Cricket Magazine, among others. Rebecca finds inspiration through music, nature, dreams, and the little wonders in day-to-day life. Merry and Hark is her first picture book. Please visit her website at and Instagram at @santodraws.

Praise For…

"A 'merry,' pleasant, and uplifting seasonal offering."—Kirkus Reviews

"The language is poetically descriptive, engaging all senses in depictions of forest and city... This book will broaden the scope of emotions in your Christmas collection and remind little folks they can do big things."
 —School Library Journal

“Tucholke frames the story as the grand adventure Merry wished for…”—Publishers Weekly

Product Details
ISBN: 9781643752389
ISBN-10: 1643752383
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Publication Date: October 3rd, 2023
Pages: 32
Language: English