2. Smoke and Mirrors
Smoke and Mirrors is a mixture of genres;
an ensemble that does not disappoint the most voracious reader and adventure-seeker.
The book, published in 1998 in the US (1999 in the UK), is a collection of poems and short stories that can be described as a treasure trove of magic, creativity, and wonder.
In time for Christmas, check out the very short story "Nicholas Was..."