The Night Before Christmas: A Visit from St. Nicholas

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On a moonlit Christmas Eve, a family snuggles in for the long, cold night. The parents and children sleep soundly until . . . strange sounds from the snow-covered lawn awaken them. It's clear that there's glorious magic afoot when a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer appear—driven by jolly old St. Nick!
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Overview

On a moonlit Christmas Eve, a family snuggles in for the long, cold night. The parents and children sleep soundly until . . . strange sounds from the snow-covered lawn awaken them. It's clear that there's glorious magic afoot when a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer appear—driven by jolly old St. Nick!
Celebrate the joy of the Christmas season with this beloved holiday poem, made new again in this gift edition brightened by the humor and warmth of Reginald Birch's illustrations.

Presents the well-known poem about an important Christmas visitor.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A 1937 edition of The Night Before Christmas with illustrations by Reginald Birch is now available in a miniature, stocking-stuffer edition. Booksellers take note: the publisher has sold more than 1,000 of its 10-copy miniature red-sleigh countertop displays. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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.)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Spiffy acrylic paintings of a wintry urban landscape dotted with tangy candy-colored buildings give the classic poem some modern zip. The artist's whimsy shines in an "Identification Chart: How to Recognize Santa!" and the exploits of the household's black cat (and its white mouse pal). By book's end, even the lone straggler on the holiday tree lot has been touched by Christmas magic. Among the few good contemporary treatments of this poem, Grover's is a winner. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152048037
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 9/8/2003
  • Pages: 56
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 3.66 (w) x 4.96 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

CLEMENT C. MOORE (1779-1863) is credited with writing the classic Christmas verse in 1822, as a gift to his family. First published in 1848, his beloved poem has brightened the holiday season ever since.

REGINALD BIRCH (1856-1943) illustrated more than a hundred books and thousands of articles and advertisements for magazines and newspapers. He is best known for his illustrations for Frances Hodgson Burnett's Little Lord Fauntleroy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2009

    TheNightBeforeChristmas Illustrated by Margaret Evans Price

    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!

    32 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2011

    These reviews are for different books with same title

    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.

    20 out of 24 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2007

    Book Too Small

    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.

    11 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2009

    this book

    This book has great illustrations...very colorful and fun.

    8 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2006

    Magical Edition of a Favorite Holiday Story!!!

    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!

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    Df

    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

    7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2000

    Clement C. Moore

    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.

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Best Illustrations

    Best illustrations out of all of the versions out there. Highly recommend!!

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2011

    This is so cool

    This book is good for Christmas

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2011

    Beautiful book

    Loved Marlene Moore's illustrations and Lisa Scott's voice. Both perfect for a kid's read aloud ebook.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2010

    Perfect for your childs first Christmas book!

    Illustrations are AMAZING! Perfect for your child and/or a gift....absolutely adorable, wonderful book to own.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2010

    A Christmas Classic for Children

    This most beautifully illustrated version of The Night Before Christmas with the classic text is a keepsake, even soft bound.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    There are so many editions of this book that the reviewing proce

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 13, 2012

    This book is old but good

    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!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Abridged

    Lovely illustrations, but why shortened?

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    I love this book

    It is too shote and it is not good

    3 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2012

    Wonderful!

    Original book plus read to me. My granddaughter can listen to it or We can read it together.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    Terrible

    It doesnt eeven ddeserve one star

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Great version for the nook

    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.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

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    3 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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