Cajun Night Before Christmas

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Overview

Forget Dancer, Prancer, Comet, and Vixen. . . . Good Clement, wherever he is, will not be gnashing his teeth.

New York Times Book Review

Set in a Louisiana bayou and told in Cajun dialectóe chirren been nezzle/Good snug on de flo'óthe poem has lively illustrations that ...

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Overview

Forget Dancer, Prancer, Comet, and Vixen. . . . Good Clement, wherever he is, will not be gnashing his teeth.

New York Times Book Review

Set in a Louisiana bayou and told in Cajun dialectóe chirren been nezzle/Good snug on de flo'óthe poem has lively illustrations that perfectly suit the unique text.

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More than twenty-five years after its first appearance, Cajun Night
Before Christmas has become a modern classic that has sold more than
490,000 copies and has served as the model for Pelican's ongoing, best-selling
Night Before Christmas series.
The formula that started this success story is surprisingly simple: take the classic story of jolly old St. Nicholas, place it in a Louisiana bayou, dress
Santa Claus in muskrat from his head to his toes, pile his skiff high with toys, and hitch it to eight friendly alligators. The result is a delightful twist on an old and familiar tale. It is Christmas on the bayou.
James Rice, in his long, distinguished career as an author and illustrator,
has produced fifty-plus children's books, among them an addition to the Night
Before Christmas series , Gullah Night Before Christmas.
With more than a million and a half copies of his books in print, he ranks among the nation's best-selling creators of children's books.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882899473
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/31/1993
  • Series: Night Before Christmas Series
  • Edition description: Limited
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 11.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

James Rice (1934-2004), in his long, distinguished career as an author and illustrator, produced more than sixty children's books, among them several additions to The Night Before Christmas Series. Cajun Night Before Christmas , Rice's first book, has been nationally recognized as a classic in its genre. Rice taught art and music at both high school and college levels and loved teaching children the joys of writing and illustrating. With more than 2.5 million copies of his books in print, Rice ranks among the nation's best-selling creators of children's books, having received awards from Printer Industries of America and the Children's Book Council.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2013

    This book was a staple in our home growing up. I cannot wait to

    This book was a staple in our home growing up. I cannot wait to read this to my son on his first Christmas. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    2nd generation recommended

    Magical and fun.

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  • Posted December 27, 2010

    THE BEST CONTEMPORY STORY YOU CAN READ CHILDREN ON CHRISTMAS EVE

    My sister read this to my children (now 42 & 45) in the Santa Claus line in 1974 and had all the children in line at her feet. My daughter still reads to her daughter (16) every Christmas Eve after she goes to bed and sends her aunt an email telling her how much she loves her.

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

    It has become a Christmas tradition

    Reading this book on Christmas eve has become a family tradition at our home. My kids are all married yet they and their spouses still ask me to read the story every year.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2004

    Funny twist on the traditional story

    Being from Louisiana, I grew up on this story and heard it every year at Christmastime. Definitely a classic, not only for Louisiana, but also for all over the world!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2002

    cajun girl in Texas

    I grew up in Lousiana and moved to Texas when I was 20. I married a Texan & his family thinks I'm a crazy "Lousiana girl". I've told them about this book but I've never read it to them. This is what I grew up reading every Christmas. I bought copies for all of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2002

    Memories of Home

    I grew up in Louisiana and delight all with the reading of this and other Cajun books and jokes. Now in SC it is great addition to my library and fun to give away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2001

    Tradition with a tiny twist!

    This book is a great addition to any book shelf, especially if you collect Christmas books. It is unlike any Christmas book you've ever read. Great fun!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2000

    A Louisiana transplant

    The pastor or our church is from Louisiana and apparently has strong roots. He enjoys reading this at church functions during the holidays.... with all the inflections. I have heard him read it twice and have enjoyed it thoroughly. It's great family entertainment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 5, 2000

    A Treasure for the Christmas Library

    Every year our family purchases a new book for our Christmas library. We enjoyed this book, read by a friend, and immediately purchased 4 copies. 1 to keep and 3 to give as gifts! Probably the best addition in the last 5 years! The kids are 12-25 years old now, and they still request it to be read aloud every holiday season.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 1999

    Great book! Learn to speak cajun also.

    I'm from Baton Rouge, and I love to read the book to my friends or give it as a gift and let them read it to me. Kids love the allimagators (give a stuffed one with the book), give a cajun music CD for adults along with the book. It definitely brings back memories of home.

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