Night before Christmas: A Goblin Tale

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Did you know that goblins celebrate Christmas too? In this rambunctious, funny take on the time-honored holiday poem by Clement C. Moore, a feisty family of goblins is bursting with anticipation for, that's right, Santa's yearly visit. Only in this home the visions of sugarplums look suspiciously like sugarbeetles, and that's not the only thing that's different. In gleeful, glowing illustrations, Jacqueline Rogers perfectly captures the Christmas spirit of the classic poem while adding plenty of her own visual ...

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Overview

Did you know that goblins celebrate Christmas too? In this rambunctious, funny take on the time-honored holiday poem by Clement C. Moore, a feisty family of goblins is bursting with anticipation for, that's right, Santa's yearly visit. Only in this home the visions of sugarplums look suspiciously like sugarbeetles, and that's not the only thing that's different. In gleeful, glowing illustrations, Jacqueline Rogers perfectly captures the Christmas spirit of the classic poem while adding plenty of her own visual mischief. Children both naughty and nice will chuckle at this portrait of a most unusual Christmas Eve!

Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers.

An illustrated version of the poem about the annual visit of Santa, in which the characters are depicted as goblins.

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Publishers Weekly
According to Rogers's (Tiptoe into Kindergarten) visual interpretation, goblins celebrate Christmas much like humans do. In this inventive outing, Moore's much-loved poem serves as tame backdrop for the action in Rogers's vividly imagined acrylic paintings. Saint Nicholas arrives at a friendly goblin family's underground home and receives a hearty welcome from the large, boisterous brood. After some playful roughhousing, Santa fills the clan's array of three-toed stockings and politely declines a plate of bug-chip cookies before heading back into the night. Kids, especially those already familiar with Moore's verse, will have a blast poring over the dank, mossy-but somehow cozy-environs of Rogers's fuzzy-pated, bulbous-eyed creations. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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If you are looking for a new twist on an old favorite, you've come to the right place. Clement Moore's traditional words are teamed with an unconventional family. Namely, goblins who are more goofy than scary. Did you ever wonder what a goblin's idea of sugar-plums is? Look closely at Rogers' illustration and you will see they are creepy crawly critters. As Santa comes down the chimney, the whole family is waiting for him. The elves try to hide in Santa's sleeve and his beard, but one is seen being chased by a goblin. To get the goblins under control, Santa hangs them by their shirts to the nails on the mantel and then goes about his business filling their stockings. A few manage to climb aboard the sleigh, but Santa's elves are prepared. Traditionalists might have a bit of difficulty with this even though Santa himself is warm and friendly. That is, of course, part of what makes this work on a very different level. The inventive, playful and unusual approach may be just the thing to bring laughter to exhausted parents and their primary grade children. 2003, Dial Books for Young Readers, Ages 5 to 8.
— Sharon Salluzzo
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-By changing the setting to a goblin family's den, Rogers breathes fresh life into this classic poem without altering a single word. In a mossy and snake-infested den, the jolly and familiar old man is set upon by bulgy-eyed, exuberant little creatures. Without losing his twinkle, St. Nick and his alarmed elves go about their work and then whisk back up the chimney, inadvertently taking the naughty goblins with them. Unfazed, Santa takes care of the hitchhikers "ere he drove out of sight-." The delectably detailed illustrations and the monstrously ill-behaved but adorable little goblins ensure that kids will clamor for this subversive version of the old chestnut again and again.-E. M. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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A traditionally depicted Santa and his reindeer arrive at a spooky, underground home to deliver presents on Christmas Eve. Though the text is familiar, this family is quite different: green goblins with buggy eyes, pointed ears, and three toes on each foot. The father goblin narrates the poem as in most versions, but the ten goblin children stop dreaming of sugarplums (bugs and worms) to join in the action. They pounce on Santa, grab the toys, and chase the terrified elves, until Santa fills all the stockings--with the little goblins. He escapes to his sleigh, hog-tying the goblins that still cling to his legs, with one goblin peeking out from the pack of toys on the final, wordless page. The juxtaposition of the familiar poem with the hilarious goblins makes a funny parody, and the naughty (but cute) goblin children add a new note of Christmas cheer to the old words. (Picture book. 4-8)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803727854
  • Publisher: Dial
  • Publication date: 9/22/2003
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.12 (w) x 10.76 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Clement Moore
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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  • 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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