A Creature Was Stirring

A Creature Was Stirring

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by Clement Clarke Moore, Carter Goodrich
     
 

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'Twas the night before Christmas, and in this great house the creature who stirred was a boy, not a mouse.

And while upstairs his parents were dreaming and snoring, with Santa so close, sleep seemed pretty boring.

Esteemed New Yorker cover artist Carter Goodrich retells the story of 'Twas the night before Christmas from the child's

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Overview

'Twas the night before Christmas, and in this great house the creature who stirred was a boy, not a mouse.

And while upstairs his parents were dreaming and snoring, with Santa so close, sleep seemed pretty boring.

Esteemed New Yorker cover artist Carter Goodrich retells the story of 'Twas the night before Christmas from the child's point of view.

With Clement Clarke Moore's classic poem one one side of every page, and a child's comedic rhyming on the other, this magical book about seeing and dreaming of Santa Claus will inspire readers of all ages to believe.

Against a luminous backdrop of midnight and silver, memories of Christmases past and present converge in a modern classic born in the tradition of The Polar Express.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Forget mice. A wide-eyed boy is the kind of creature Clement C. Moore would not have imagined scurrying around while the events of his famous poem took place. Goodrich juxtaposes, in alternating stanzas, the comments of a curious, tousle-haired tyke sporting stars-and-moons pj's, with Moore's well-known words. "I don't want to butt in,/ but I'm wide awake,/ and in Santa's book/ that's a naughty mistake," says the boy, following the poem's opening lines. Yet the boy redeems himself with a good deed. Shadowy watercolor-and-colored-pencil compositions bring readers right into the anticipatory Christmas Eve mood. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Jean Boreen
This story, narrated by a little boy—the "creature" from the title—tells the tale of his astounding "Night Before Christmas." The author very cleverly puts Clement Moore's beloved poem, "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," on the left-hand side of the book, and puts the poem of the little boy on the right. The classic poem is imprinted in gold script while the boy's story is a modern white font. The child apologizes at the beginning of the story with, "I don't want to butt in, but I'm wide awake, and in Santa's book that's a naughty mistake." We then move through the Moore poem with the boy interjecting how excited he is about Santa's imminent arrival yet worrying that his inability to sleep will jeopardize his gifts. He gets the chance to redeem himself when he realizes that Santa has forgotten to put the parking brake on in the sleigh, and saves it and the presents from a fall off the roof of the house. The illustrations are charming and perfect for the move between the classic and the contemporary. This is a wonderful choice for children and adults alike.
School Library Journal
K-4-With Moore's classic poem on one side of each spread and humorous rhyming commentary from a modern young boy on the other, Goodrich gives a delightful new twist to this holiday chestnut. The colored-pencil and watercolor pictures, done in a cartoon style, are visually delicious. The artist's use of moonlight hues and soft textures makes objects seem to glow from within. His dynamic, cinematic compositions lend suspense to the scenes and reflect his extensive work in film illustration. A first-rate adaptation that will enhance the enjoyment for all who love the original.-Maureen Wade, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
The familiar verses of "The Night before Christmas" are set in shiny gold letters on the left-hand pages of this atmospheric interpretation of the holiday classic, while Goodrich's rhymed quatrains set in a modern typeface serve as a counterpoint on facing right-hand pages. The creature who is stirring in this household is an earnest little boy in star-spangled pajamas, watching out the window for Santa's arrival. Those who are already familiar with Clement Clark Moore's original will best understand this juxtaposition of traditional text and corresponding action with the little boy's story. While Santa is delivering the gifts in the living room, the little boy climbs up to the snow-covered roof to help secure the slipping sleigh, with this good deed offsetting the boy's "naughty" behavior of staying up to see Santa. Goodrich's arresting illustrations effectively capture the shadowy blue-and-gray tones of the darkened household and the glowing midnight blue of the outdoor scenes, infused with reflected light from the surrounding snow. The illustrations are spectacular, but these original verses in casual, modern phraseology can't hold a candle to Moore's tried-and-true cadences. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780689863998
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date:
10/03/2006
Edition description:
Repackage
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.70(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 8 Years

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