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Mary Engelbreit's The Night Before Christmas

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by Clement C. Moore, Mary Engelbreit (Illustrator), Mary Engelbreit
 

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Mary Engelbreit’s beloved New York Times bestselling Christmas favorite as a gorgeous jacketed hardcover, perfect for gifting or collecting!

Readers young and old are invited into the enchanting world of Mary Engelbreit in this resplendent edition of Clement C. Moore’s classic poem. It’s the most magical evening of the year,

Overview

Mary Engelbreit’s beloved New York Times bestselling Christmas favorite as a gorgeous jacketed hardcover, perfect for gifting or collecting!

Readers young and old are invited into the enchanting world of Mary Engelbreit in this resplendent edition of Clement C. Moore’s classic poem. It’s the most magical evening of the year, in a house so cozy, colorful, and dusted with Christmas magic that only this beloved illustrator could have created it. With pages full of fascinating detail, rich color, and lively characters, readers will lose themselves in this wintry wonderland.

This annual bestseller will bring discovery, delight, and warmth into the hearts of readers during the holiday season—and beyond!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Engelbreit's visions of sugarplums translate to a busy-bright patchwork of checks, plaids, paisleys and chintzes in this oversize (11" x 11") volume. Her interpretation of Moore's poem features a cast of rambunctious elves who accompany an exceptionally jolly St. Nick as he leaves assorted old-fashioned candies and toys inside a home decorated in a spectrum of Engelbreit's trademark patterns and prints. Kids-and adult fans of the artist-will enjoy poring over the copious details. All ages. (Oct.)
Children's Literature
The backgrounds and foregrounds of this prettily illustrated poem are full of elves, fairies, tiny mouse-sized things to look at, and bright red borders to contain the overflow. But the main action follows a human who hears the clatter on the roof, witnesses St. Nicholas come down the chimney, and greets the right jolly old elf, and the small mouse house does not appear again. Rather, readers can spot him in some of the pictures. Wavy edges of the text are blocked with initial capital letters made of candy canes lending a festive look. Fans of Engelbreit's cheery paintings on china, t-shirts, calendars, popular greeting cards, and the like, will enjoy yet another product from her workshop. There are even sheets of wrapping paper tucked under the back jacket flap. It is difficult to find a beautiful keepsake version of this well-loved traditional poem but in the meantime, this brightly decorated one will get the job done. 2004 (orig. 2002), HarperCollins, Ages 4 to 8.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-The full text of the familiar poem is illustrated in Engelbreit's crisply decorated style. A large trim size allows each highly embellished spread to hold a plethora of detail. From the opening stanza's view of the non-stirring mouse's hole (a cracked teacup is his bed, a potholder his doormat, and a paintbrush is his broom) and throughout the verses, the artist adds lots of elves and ornamentation. Santa is not pictured as "dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot"; he's wearing a checked coat with fur trim and what appear to be leather bowling shoes. He does twinkle a lot, though, and that may be enough for some readers.-S. P. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Engelbreit (Over the River and through the Woods,1994) has legions of devoted adult fans who will adore sharing this oversized, traditional treatment of the beloved Christmas poem. The illustrations incorporate the artist’s signature icons such as black-and-white checked borders, flowered armchairs, and cozy, snowbound cottages, along with Engelbreit’s favorite Scotty dog. Her charismatic Santa is chubby and cheerful in his red plaid suit and hiking boots; his cute, pointy-eared elves of varying sizes and costumes (though all unfortunately seem to be male) assist Santa at every step and are also shown marching toward the sleigh on the endpapers. The entire story is told in double-page spreads with the text blocks set off in ivory rectangles, and each spread is full of toys and treats and tiny details of the Christmas season in a busy household. The dramatic "Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!" finale shows the words in curly white writing flowing across a midnight blue sky, with Santa and the reindeer in mid-flight silhouetted against a full moon. Engelbreit fans will find this a delectable holiday treat. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060081607
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/28/2006
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
437,225
Product dimensions:
11.25(w) x 11.28(h) x 0.45(d)
Lexile:
AD940L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Read an Excerpt

'Twas the night before Christmas,
when all through the house,
Not a creature was stirring,
not even a mouse.

The stockings were hung
by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas
soon would be there.

Meet the Author

Clement C. Moore (1779–1863), an American scholar and poet, first wrote The Night Before Christmas in 1822 to entertain his children. A friend submitted it to a local newspaper, The Troy Sentinel, where it was published on December 23, 1823. Moore's delightful description of St. Nicholas and his eight flying reindeer has since become the definitive portrait of Santa Claus.

Mary Engelbreit grew up studying the illustrations in the vintage storybooks of her mother’s own childhood, and she developed a unique style that harkens back to those simpler times. She has authored and illustrated several New York Times bestselling titles, including The Night Before Christmas, Mary Engelbreit’s Mother Goose, and Mary Engelbreit’s A Merry Little Christmas. Mary’s distinctive images have made her a celebrity to millions. Her designs can be found on gift items, calendars, books, fabrics, and more. 

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Mary Engelbreit's The Night Before Christmas 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
MommyTimesFour More than 1 year ago
A story we all know and love with beautiful illustrations!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story is the one we know and love. The illustrations is what makes this book special. Very colorful and whimsical.
mrsjtp2 More than 1 year ago
This book is a classic for children and adults alike with a beautiful Mary Engelbreit twist. I absolutely love the whimsical illustrations throughout the book.
CatNY More than 1 year ago
The illustrations were beautiful. It's a classic. This book stayed at my home to read to my grandson.
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NOLESGIRL More than 1 year ago
My children really enjoyed the pictures of this version. It is fun and beautiful.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Mary Engelbreit's The Night Before Christmas brings back childhood memories that makes this book a true classic! The lovely illustrations take you to a magical place with its bold pictures and vibrant colors! My 6 year old daughter enjoys reading this book over and over... not only on Christmas time! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was illustrated by Mary Engelbreit. Her trademark use of patterns and colors makes this edition one that you will want to have, especially if you are a Mary Engelbreit fan. It is bright, bold, and beautiful.