Librarian's Night Before Christmas

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Praise for The Night Before Christmas Series:
"Forget Dancer, Prancer, Comet, and Vixen. . . . Good Clement, wherever he is, will not be gnashing his teeth."
-New York Times Book Review

What happened next didn't seem to be real,
'Cause out of the sky cruised a red ...

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Overview

Praise for The Night Before Christmas Series:
"Forget Dancer, Prancer, Comet, and Vixen. . . . Good Clement, wherever he is, will not be gnashing his teeth."
-New York Times Book Review

What happened next didn't seem to be real,
'Cause out of the sky cruised a red bookmobile!
Up to the front steps flew his library ride,
With a portrait of Shakespeare airbrushed on the side.

Due to low staffing, a librarian must spend her Christmas Eve stacking the shelves at a library in desperate need of renovations. After the strain of a long night that has left her feeling "like Bob Cratchit in A Christmas Carol," she is pleasantly surprised to see Santa and his six elves coming to her rescue in a red bookmobile.

Santa charged through the door, and his black knee boots shone.
He bowed as he asked, "Need interlibrary loans?"

In this delightful retelling of Clement C. Moore's classic, Santa signs Newbery winners and starred Caldecotts and stocks the library shelves with Hawthorne, Steinbeck, Millay, and Hemingway. After reading to the children and drinking some hot chocolate, Santa puts his elves to work replacing the rugs, fixing leaks, and organizing gifts according to the Dewey decimal system. As he leaves, Santa pays overdue fees and booms, "Do one more good deed. Have a real merry Christmas-teach someone to read!"

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 2 Up-A weary, somewhat disgruntled librarian is visited on Christmas Eve by a bookmobile-driving St. Nick who proceeds to restock the shelves, read to the children, and pay off overdue fines. The idea is good, but this spin on the classic poem lacks polish. In several instances, words that should rhyme do not. There are also numerous references to ideas and names that will be meaningless to most children (pork-barrel money, Jane Austen). Some good messages come through ("The best gift of all is a library card!" "Have a real Merry Christmas-teach someone to read!"), yet a bitter taste underlies the poem in its complaints against "the powers that be," most notably in the couplet that reads: "For the book-budget cutters, Old Claus had no plan,/'Cause ifthey could read, they just read Ayn Rand." The artwork, though sketchy, is colorful and engaging. Santa is appropriately jolly and the elves, exuberant. A library cat and mouse contribute to the antics. This book might be fun to read aloud at the staff holiday party, but it isn't likely to be of much interest to kids.-Linda Israelson, Los Angeles Public Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781589803367
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Series: Night Before Christmas Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 952,480
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

David Davis is the author of almost a dozen books with Pelican, including Jazz Cats, a 2002 Children's Book Choice selection; Librarian's Night Before Christmas; Nurse's Night Before Christmas; Ten Redneck Babies: A Southern Counting Book; Texas Aesop's Fables; Texas Mother Goose; and Texas Zeke and the Longhorn. Four of his books have earned spots on the Accelerated Reader list. He resides in Fort Worth, Texas.

Jim Harris is a prolific illustrator of children's books who employs great detail and humor in his artwork. His trademark style has earned him numerous awards, including a silver medal from the Society of Illustrators, the coveted Communication Arts' Award of Excellence, and the Colorado Children's Book Award. Harris has also written and illustrated a long list of children's books, including Dinosaur's Night Before Christmas and The Three Little Dinosaurs, both published by Pelican Publishing Company.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2008

    Too sophisticated for kids

    I am an elementary school librarian and received this book as a gift. I was very excited, until I read it. The author used vocabulary throughout that will go right over most kids heads. Who has heard of flummoxed? And what child can relate to reading Fahrenheit 451, or Hawthorne, Steinbeck or Millay? The idea was a good one, but this story went on and on, and it did not follow the original at all. Not recommended for elementary kids.

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