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The Night before Christmas: A Visit From St. Nicholas
     

The Night before Christmas: A Visit From St. Nicholas

3.5 158
by Clement C. Moore, Max Grover (Illustrator)
 

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It is the night before Christmas. Every tree in the little Christmas tree lot has been sold—except one. The owner and his child lock up, then trudge through the snow to their house nearby; the family settles in for a "long winter's nap" . . . and the familiar verse about the most exciting night of the year begins. In this edition of "A Visit from St. Nicholas"

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It is the night before Christmas. Every tree in the little Christmas tree lot has been sold—except one. The owner and his child lock up, then trudge through the snow to their house nearby; the family settles in for a "long winter's nap" . . . and the familiar verse about the most exciting night of the year begins. In this edition of "A Visit from St. Nicholas"—word for word the original verse by Clement C. Moore—the gifts of Christmas are shared with everyone, right down to the last little tree left alone in the snow-filled lot on Christmas Eve.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Folk artist and preacher Finster infuses his interpretation of the traditional holiday poem with his characteristic evangelical verve. Patterned with what look to be brush doodlings, his surreal compositions create a psychedelic party mood that contrasts sharply with the rather staid verse. Each spread is framed by a running word-border of such Finster preachings as "I am trying to get people back to God before the end of the earths [sic] planet." An eccentric dose of holiday cheer. All ages. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
In this GltterGlow board book version of the famous story, kids shine a light on the pages for a few minutes and then take the book into a dark area and look at the glowing pages. The text has been abridged and is appropriate for the younger crowd, which may find the sugary sweet illustrations appealing. Also in the series are Deck the Halls, Jingle Bells, and Silent Night.
Children's Literature - Leila Toedo
This favorite holiday tale is captured in a beautiful antique reproduction. A particularly appealing feature is the introduction, which gives a historical account of the origin of Saint Nicholas and how the author came to write the poem.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 5 No nostalgia here! Marshall's cartoon-like illustrations for Moore's well-known and much-loved poem are thoroughly modern, often very funny and typical of the artist. A cozy Cape Cod house sits in the snow with the unstirring mouse nestled in the bright green wreath on its door. Plump dogs, cats, a chicken (and even a mouse) abound in the comfortably cluttered house in which stockings are hung and people sleep. The animals join Papa as he watches the arrival of the plump old elf down the road and up to the roof. After his unceremonious entrance but before his gift distribution, St. Nick (in his cowboy boots with stars) poses for a photograph taken by the mouse and raids the refrigerator with his reindeer hungrily looking on. As St. Nick's final wish for a happy Christmas is exclaimed, the animals settle down again amid the bountiful and brightly decorated packages. Although the format is predictable (one page of text next to a one-page illustration), this is a fresh look at an old narrative. It may not appeal to everyone, but should cause all (except perhaps Scrooges) to chuckle. Maria B. Salvadore , District of Columbia Public Library
Carolyn Phelan
Rand illustrates Moore's famous poem in a large-format picture book that showcases his colorful paintings in a series of double-page spreads. Even children in the back row of a story-time group will get the full effect of the moonlit New England snowscapes and cozy, period interiors. Not a stretch for Rand, but he's comfortably in his stride here, and his fans will find plenty to like. In fact, almost anyone looking for a traditional, soft-focus interpretation of this Christmas favorite will find it an appealing picture book.
Kirkus Reviews
Brett (The Hat, 1997, etc.) glorifies an old-fashioned Christmas in her lavish and detailed edition of the classic poem. Elves under animal furs nestle in the back of Santa's sleigh while the reindeer labor under their own finery. The family they visit lives in an ornate Victorian mansion. Snow perches picturesquely on tree branches, and elaborate borders throughout the book highlight beloved tree ornaments as well as secondary actions: the reaction of the house's dog and cat; the alerting of the parents to the clatter of reindeer on the roof the rousing of the children and their approach to the loot Santa has left behind. This eye- filling volume offer a wealth of detail, perfect for sharing in the days counting down to Christmas. (Picture book. 3-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152017132
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
10/01/1999
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Meet the Author

Wendy Watson has written and illustrated twenty-one children's books, and has illustrated more than sixty children's books by other authors.  She divides her time between Phoenix, Arizona, and Truro, Massachusetts.  For more information visit www.wendy-watson.com .

Clement Clarke Moore (July 15, 1779 - July 10, 1863) was a writer and professor and is credited with writing "A Visit from St. Nicholas" for his children. Originally published anonymously on December 23rd, 1823, the poem that would come to be known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," was responsible for the creation of the Santa Claus myth as it is known in the United States and much of the English-speaking world. 

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The Night Before Christmas 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 158 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A WONDERFUL book featuring charming pictures illustrated by a prolific children's illustrator. These books take you to 1917 when Mrs Price (Married to the Price of Fisher Price East Aurora, NY) created delightful pictures for children's books. Very nostalgic and retro a great gift for the grand kids!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are several books with the title "The Night Before Christmas" and the reviews for each book seem to be lumped together. That appears to be reason why the reviews under a given version of this book make reference to different illustrators. For the "Read to me" version of the book that is read by Lisa Scott and illustrated by Marlene Moore, there are a few differences in this story from what I am familiar with. This is ok, but the name given to one of the reindeers, "Donder", and the start of the quote in the last sentence, "Happy Christmas", left me raising an eyebrow and a puzzled look. It is a nicely read and illustrated book, but I am probably going to find the version of the book that I am familiar with and read that to my kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I belive Clement Moore is very imaginitive in the way he wrote about Santa and his reindeer. He saw it as if he saw Santa Claus himself.I have loved the poem since I was little. My grandmother always reads it to us on Christmas Eve.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best illustrations out of all of the versions out there. Highly recommend!!
Javier911 More than 1 year ago
This book has great illustrations...very colorful and fun.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent version of The Night Before Christmas. Delightful illustrations bring humour and new life into an old story. A version appealing to men and women - includes Santa in flight cap and rocket-like sleigh and elves of every personality, from mountain climbers to folkdancers..truly a gem. Great for holiday gifts!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is good for Christmas
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This most beautifully illustrated version of The Night Before Christmas with the classic text is a keepsake, even soft bound.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Santa is fake im 9 but this book made me think even if he is fake i will always love him because of of this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved Marlene Moore's illustrations and Lisa Scott's voice. Both perfect for a kid's read aloud ebook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Illustrations are AMAZING! Perfect for your child and/or a gift....absolutely adorable, wonderful book to own.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The description of the book listed it as being a full size picture book, but it is actually half the size. It was not at all what I had expected.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nicely done. In response to previous reviews: the only ommitted paragraph was the one about Santa smoking a pipe. I like the fact that they omitted it - nobody smokes in my house, not even Santa. But, seriously, it was a necessary omission.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are so many editions of this book that the reviewing process becomes almost meaningless. The poem is pretty much the same endearing sentimental tale many of us grew up with , but the illustrations vary with. The Regan illustrations are appealing but not as bright and colorful as children might prefer. The Rand illustrations are lighter and brighter and therefore more appealing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awsome i love pld storys thay are so good and thay explan more than newer books new books just state the oveas and say. THE END!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lovely illustrations, but why shortened?
lmsred More than 1 year ago
Original book plus read to me. My granddaughter can listen to it or We can read it together.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I looked through several before deciding on this one for my nook for the grandkids and the children i work with at the day care. Even with the missing verses it is still great, Just long enough to hold their attention, but not too long to bore them. And by the way for those of you that keep saying they got Donner wrong, it is Donder in the original version. In the song Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer it was changed.
SBS More than 1 year ago
The children insist on hearing it again and again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Parts of the poem are missing. It should be clearly labeled as abridged.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is our family's all-timefavorite. We started reading it on Christmas Eve about 1966 and now are on the third generation of 'listeners' all over the country. While the story is the same, the illustrations make the book "special" for the little people. our thanks to B & N for the reprints and for keeping the book available for new generations.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 6 year old granddaughter liked the story and would read AND listen to it by herself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love christmasvl so this was the perfect book for me :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It doesnt eeven ddeserve one star
Anonymous 8 months ago
It was awsome