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Dinosaurs' Night before Christmas

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The dinosaur fossils in the museum come to life (and sing, dance, and eat gingerbread) in this rollicking twist on the classic poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. And with the enclosed CD, children of all ages can enjoy dinosaur-themed Christmas party music, and hear the story read aloud by the Today Show's Al Roker! A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book goes to support the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where the story is set.

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Overview

The dinosaur fossils in the museum come to life (and sing, dance, and eat gingerbread) in this rollicking twist on the classic poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. And with the enclosed CD, children of all ages can enjoy dinosaur-themed Christmas party music, and hear the story read aloud by the Today Show's Al Roker! A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book goes to support the American Museum of Natural History in New York, where the story is set.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sharon Salluzzo
Young dinosaur fans will delight in this fantasy in which the dinosaur fossils come to life on Christmas eve "sprouting rainbows of colorful feathers and scales/From the tops of their heads to the tips of their tails!" In his pajamas, the little barefoot boy who lives across the street from the museum climbs out of bed, crosses the street, finds the museum door unlocked, enters, and joins the dinosaurs in their celebration. This parody of Twas the Night Before Christmas includes a visit from Santasaurus and his eight dino-deer. The first illustration showing the dinosaurs in their skin might be a little startling and scary for preschoolers but will be deliciously scary/fun for children a little older. The dinos gathering and swirling on subsequent pages will be interesting and intriguing and definitely not scary. There is a CD of dinosaur Christmas-themed songs and a reading of this story by Al Roker. The five songs come from Dinosaur Holiday, an award-winning album previously produced by Museum Music with the American Museum of Natural History. Muecke's dinosaur lyrics are beautifully sung by a range of performers to the tune of traditional Christmas carols. There is quite a jazzy rendition of the tune of Jingle Bells called Hey, Duckbills! And a stirring rendition of the tune of the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's Messiah called The Allosaurus Chorus. Those who just cannot get enough of dinosaurs will enjoy both the CD and the book. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of this book helps to support the scientific and educational endeavors of the American Museum of Natural History. Reviewer: Sharon Salluzzo
Kirkus Reviews
Dinosaur devotees will devour this imaginative take-off on the much-parodied holiday rhyme, with this rendition set in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The story features the museum's dinosaurs and a little boy who lives directly across the street. He is awakened on Christmas Eve by noises coming from the museum and joins the dinosaurs in their holiday celebration. The dinosaurs grow fantastic rainbow-hued scales and feathers on this magical night and suspend their natural tendencies to eat each other, snacking on pterosaur-shaped gingerbread instead. The dinosaurs and the little boy dance around a Yule log, sing holiday songs, decorate a tree and welcome Santasaurus and his eight "dino-deer." Children will enjoy Hale's exuberant illustrations, the large trim size allowing some huge views of dinosaurs in mid-celebration in the museum and in mid-flight with Santasaurus. The final pages of text present the words to dinosaur carols (more parodies, in the vein of "Hark! The Pterodactyls Sing"), and a CD of the songs and story text is also included. (Picture book. 4-9)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811863223
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 10/1/2008
  • Edition description: Book and CD
  • Pages: 36
  • Sales rank: 224,988
  • Age range: 4 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.22 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Muecke spent much of her childhood roaming the halls of the American Museum of Natural History, and volunteered as a docent in the dinosaur halls after their renovation in 1996. She lives in New York City.

Nathan Hale has painted dinosaur murals in museums around the country. He has also written and illustrated two picture books, Yellowbelly and Plum Go to School and The Devil You Know. He lives in Provo, Utah.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2008

    Excellent!!!

    A must have for any dinosaur lover! My son loves it!! Especially the musical cd it came with.

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  • Posted October 30, 2008

    Love, Love, Love this book!

    My kids went crazy for this wonderful and lyrical book about a fantastical Christmas Eve party hosted by the dinosaurs at the Museum of Natural History. What kid wouldn't love this? The museum is the perfect setting for this clever and handsomely illustrated book. It's a must for under your Christmas tree this year!

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  • Posted February 1, 2010

    Night at the Museum style, Fun book

    My 4-year old loves reading and rereading this book. I thought he would find it scary but he loves it!

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