The Night before Christmas

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


These familiar words have never before been illustrated with such style. Magnificent paintings by American artist Richard Jesse Watson infuse traditional images with pizzazz and flair. From cozy ...
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Overview

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


These familiar words have never before been illustrated with such style. Magnificent paintings by American artist Richard Jesse Watson infuse traditional images with pizzazz and flair. From cozy interiors to snowy landscapes, each scene is packed with the details of Christmas. Watch for the remarkable cast of elves who populate these pages. Best of all, see Santa Claus himself as you've never seen him before, complete with an exclusive interview.

Spilling over with all the joy and generosity of the season, here is an edition of Clement C. Moore's classic Christmas poem that is perfect for families of today. Ho! Ho! Ho!

Text reprinted from the original 1848 edition, accompanied by new illustrations, presents the well-known poem about an important Christmas visitor.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Two mini-books may be just right for stuffing stockings: Clement C. Moore's The Night Before Christmas, illus. with vintage 19th-century children's book scenes, compiled by Cooper Edens and Harold Darling; and The Nutcracker, illus. by Michael Hague, whose images nicely toggle between realistic scenes and those of the sumptuous land of sugarplums. Copyright 2005 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
Like Whatley (see above), Tudor also whisks readers to New England, this time to a quiet spot in early-19th-century Vermont. Her cozy, nostalgic watercolor scenes, often lit by candle or roaring fire, are viewed as if through a large oval peephole. Loose ink lines and slightly hazy figures succeed in creating an aura of holiday fantasy. A spunky, elfin Saint Nicholas, a menagerie of perky pets (including the corgis, of course) and a very busy family of mice partying beneath the floorboards add a sense of fun. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
In this traditional Christmas poem, the pictures show Santa driving a space ship, although he still has reindeer. The dashboard of the sleigh has various dials that read: NITROUS GAMA E-INJECT, CONTINENT, HOT CHOCOLATE, and SPACE COMPRESS. In the illustration for "He was dressed all in fur," Santa wears white furry trousers. Various elves carry a plastic tape dispenser, dog milk bone, an origami stork, and use a vacuum cleaner. The artist has an interview with St. Nick in which the question of how Santa is able to distribute all the presents in one night is answered, "the sleigh is able to expand the moment between ‘tick' and ‘tock' on Christmas Eve." Children and their parents will enjoy the artist's humorous interpretation of this old favorite.
Children's Literature
Here is yet another way to illustrate this classic Christmas poem. Each page has a tab to pull. Pull the tabs to change the picture in the window in the center of the illustration from a monochromatic outline to full color. Children will be amazed and impressed with these "magic windows." Yet there are a number of design issues here. First, there is no flow from one page to the next. Each page is an individual illustration for several lines of the poem. There is no consideration for the continuity of the storyline. This contributes to a cluttered and disjointed look as one turns the page. In the page beginning, "His eyes how they twinkled!" there is a profile picture of Santa on the lower half of the page. The Magic Windows picture is also of Santa. This might be confusing for children to see two Santas on the same page. While the idea is clever, the execution lacks distinction. 2003, A Quarto Children's Book/Running Press Kids, Ages 4 to 8.
— Sharon Salluzzo
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
Kirkus Reviews
A smiling Santa in goggles and aviator helmet speeds up the Christmas Eve delivery system with updated transportation from his "Far Northair" sleigh. This futuristic-looking vehicle still uses eight reindeer, but additional propulsion is controlled through sophisticated equipment in the covered cockpit (including a built-in beverage maker with choices from hot chocolate to borsht). This interpretation of Moore's classic poem finds Santa making a delivery to a household with three children in a traditional, suburban neighborhood. The father of the family springs out of bed in a panic in one dramatic spread, with his hand seeming to stretch right off the page toward the reader. A diverse crew of helpers joins Santa on his Christmas Eve flight, with costumed elves from many countries and ethnic groups helping to unload the toys and clean the soot off Santa's red cape, furry pants and pointed boots. Elves and toys decorate the endpapers and also appear as spot illustrations at the end of the poem's verses, which are attractively framed with bold, red borders on alternating spreads. An "interview" of St. Nick by illustrator Watson concludes the volume. (Picture book. 3-7)
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"'Twas the night before Christmas…" is perhaps the best-known line of holiday poetry ever written. This children's edition is beautifully illustrated by noted artist Leonard Weisgard and is sure to bring "visions of sugar-plums" to your child's dreams.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780448404820
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1993
  • Series: Reading Railroad Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 603,396
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.25 (d)

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.
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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.

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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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