Cop's Night Before Christmas

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It's Christmas Eve, and this police officer is on patrol. He encounters Sergeant Kringle, who takes over his patrol so the cop can go home to his family. This whimsical illustrated tale for young readers is a tribute to law-enforcement officers everywhere.

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It's Christmas Eve, and this police officer is on patrol. He encounters Sergeant Kringle, who takes over his patrol so the cop can go home to his family. This whimsical illustrated tale for young readers is a tribute to law-enforcement officers everywhere.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jennie DeGenaro
"T'was the Night Before Christmas" readers will relate to this story in rhyme because it follows the same pattern, with different words. Illustrations are colorful and add to the story. The cover shows a fat policeman, looking like Santa. The story centers around a young policeman who reluctantly leaves his wife and young son to work on Christmas Eve. First, he helps a woman with a flat tire, cautions a speeding driver and rescues a kitten. Then he sees a fat old cop who says his name is Kringle. Policeman Kringle takes over the young cop's duties and tells him to go home to his family, much to his delight. Soon he sees a helicopter overhead with jolly Cop Kringle inside waving. The rhymes are good and not contrived. The author is himself a policeman. Reviewer: Jennie DeGenaro
Kirkus Reviews

In yet another thematic parody of "A Visit from St. Nicholas," this version focuses on a police officer who has to work on Christmas Eve, leaving his wife and son at home. The text, written by a working cop, offers an amusing twist with a hip Santa in a red police uniform accented by a jingle-bell belt. The unnamed beat officer faithfully carries out his duties until Sergeant Kringle arrives on the scene with his chopper and handcuffs and tough-guy attitude (but no police-issued revolver), sending the protagonist home to his family. The text has some funny moments, but it doesn't always scan or rhyme exactly. The illustrations seem dark due to the late-evening setting, but the gloomy palette helps convey the feelings of the officer who is missing his family on Christmas Eve. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589808003
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/2/2010
  • Series: The Night Before Christmas Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 703,215
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Officer Michael D. Harrison founded a charity called Santa Cops in his Conover, North Carolina, precinct. Uniformed police officers receive donations of new toys and clothing, wrap the gifts, and deliver them on Christmas Eve to the children of needy families. The program was designed to foster a positive image of police officers in the community.

Harrison spent fifteen years as a sheriff's deputy and another fifteen as a deputy sheriff. He has supervised a patrol squad, worked with a narcotics investigation unit, and was an undercover officer. Harrison has also taught the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program to elementary students and a class on decision-making skills to sixth graders. He resides in Taylorsville, North Carolina.

David Miles is a freelance illustrator who has worked as a game and page-layout designer and has illustrated several children's books. He holds an associate's degree in fine arts from Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor and a bachelor's degree in illustration from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He resides in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

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  • Posted September 13, 2010

    Wonderfully entertaining...

    I received the great privilege of reading the manuscript for this wonderful story. The setting is a cold, snowy Christmas Eve night; however, the tale is humorous, warm and inviting. This book will appeal to the young and the young at heart. It is a delight to read and will leave both your children and YOU smiling... just as it did me!

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

    from a good cop with a good heart

    this book has yet to publish however im proud to say ive worked with the author at a NC sheriff office. he has poured his heart into this book, and has put himself in the shoes of the character many a christmas eve. officer harrison has devoted much time and effort into helping children and promoting a stronge image of law enforcement to the community. he is truly a man who loves what he does and lives the christmas spirit all year. i heartily encourage anyone to read this book with a child, to help show the sacrifice and service we owe to men like officer harrison.

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