Musher's Night Before Christmas

Musher's Night Before Christmas

by Tricia Brown, Debra Dubac
     
 

Eight champion huskies awaken one Christmas Eve night to Santa's sleigh full of goodies. But they aren't receiving presents yet. The man in red needs help with one final stop. Nome, Alaska, is last on the list and the heavy snow is not letting up. With Rudolph's nose out of power, someone else will have to guide this sleigh tonight.

In the spirit of Alaska's state

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Overview

Eight champion huskies awaken one Christmas Eve night to Santa's sleigh full of goodies. But they aren't receiving presents yet. The man in red needs help with one final stop. Nome, Alaska, is last on the list and the heavy snow is not letting up. With Rudolph's nose out of power, someone else will have to guide this sleigh tonight.

In the spirit of Alaska's state sport, this night before Christmas tale is all heart and determination. Nome has been saved by sled dogs before, so it is no coincidence that Santa chooses this pack of pups to brave the arctic weather. It took 150 canines to rush lifesaving serum to the town during the 1925 diphtheria epidemic. But with the blinding snow, the ice, and the overflow, can Santa rely on only eight? It's a tongue-flapping, tail-wagging adventure as this team tries to save Christmas for one deserving group.

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Kirkus Reviews

Yet another parody of "The Night Before Christmas," this time with a sled-dog theme and an Alaskan setting.

The text uses the rhythm and rhyme scheme of the classic poem, and the plot revolves around Santa making his worldwide deliveries with his team of eight reindeer plus Rudy with his red-light nose. A solitary sled-dog owner named Tom and his team of dogs are introduced in their remote Alaskan setting, and when Rudy's light grows dim, Santa stops at Tom's cabin's to ask for his help. The city of Nome, Alaska, is socked in with whiteout conditions, so Tom and the team travel by sled with added lights so Santa and the reindeer can see to reach their final stop. As Santa's parting gift, he leaves Tom a new van to transport the sled dogs and a new sled shaped like Santa's sleigh. The text is long and not particularly funny, and some verses are tongue-twisters, but the plot holds together and conveys some basics about sled-dog travel. The cartoon-style illustrations are humorous but crude, and the elves are downright scary caricatures.

This will be of interest to Alaskan residents and those fond of sled dogs, but most youngsters will prefer a more traditional or more amusing interpretation. (author's note, glossary)(Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589808430
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
09/28/2011
Series:
The Night Before Christmas Series
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,026,253
Product dimensions:
11.20(w) x 8.82(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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