The Night Before Christmas

The Night Before Christmas

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by Clement Clarke Moore
     
 

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T'was the night before Christmas, and all through the house . . . for decades families have gathered together to read Clement C. Moore's eternally enchanting holiday poem. And now there's a magical new version to ring in the season with joy.

Featuring beautiful original illustrations by award-winning artist Marlene Moore, this stunning edition of The Night

Overview

T'was the night before Christmas, and all through the house . . . for decades families have gathered together to read Clement C. Moore's eternally enchanting holiday poem. And now there's a magical new version to ring in the season with joy.

Featuring beautiful original illustrations by award-winning artist Marlene Moore, this stunning edition of The Night Before Christmas stands apart from the rest. The look is timeless, traditional, filled with warmth and sentiment: exactly what Christmas should be.

The story's enduring charm and Moore's memorable art make The Night Before Christmas a must-have for any child who is just discovering the tale-and every adult who has loved it forever.

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times - Sarah Harrison Smith
Hobbie has an elegant, whimsical line and a great eye for humorous detail…[this] is one of the most attractive and engaging versions of Moore's poem, an edition to be savored, saved and shared.
Publishers Weekly
★ 09/16/2013
Hobbie re-envisions this much-loved holiday poem through the eyes of a curious toddler and the family cat, along with the traditional patriarch narrator, in a radiant, gorgeously illustrated rendition. A snowy, magically moonlit sky and cozily appointed countryside home set the hushed, anticipatory scene for St. Nick’s wondrous visit. Wide-eyed astonishment on the faces of both father and child peeking at the action instantly convey the excitement of the season while watercolor and pen and ink spots, panels, and spreads present gentle, homey details—the toddler’s drop-seat pajamas, rustic garlands and stockings, a well-used fireplace. An artist’s note and information about Moore close out this volume. Ages 3–6. (Oct.)
The Horn Book
"The watercolor, pen-and-ink, and gouache illustrations...capture light wonderfully."
The New York Times
"Hobbie's is one of the most attractive and engaging versions of Moore's poem, an edition to be savored, saved and shared."
From the Publisher
"Hobbie's is one of the most attractive and engaging versions of Moore's poem, an edition to be savored, saved and shared."—The New York Times

* "There is a hushed, magical feeling in Hobbie's masterful illustrations.... Every element of the book's thoughtful design is skillfully chosen.... One to savor over and over, year after year."—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

* "A radiant, gorgeously illustrated rendition."—Publishers Weekly, starred review"

Holly Hobbie has outdone herself.... Utterly enchanting."—The Wall Street Journal"

This version of the holiday classic stand[s] out.... A fine edition to freshen up holiday collections."—School Library Journal"

The watercolor, pen-and-ink, and gouache illustrations...capture light wonderfully."—The Horn Book

Booklist
"Vivid...appealing...engaging...will speak to horse-crazy kids everywhere."
Library Media Connection
"A shining star in the collection of Holly Hobbie books."
The Wall Street Journal
"Holly Hobbie has outdone herself.... Utterly enchanting."
Children's Literature - Susan Treadway
Splendid details on each and every bright, colorful page bring this classic holiday poem to life while bedecked, costumed reindeer herald Santa’s arrival. Yes, the family’s pet dog, cat, mouse, and goldfish are also ‘dressed’ for such an auspicious event. All memorable characters resemble one another in design, color, and style so that younger readers still easily recognize familiar Christmas décor throughout the story. This charming family clearly enjoys a fully decorated house. Every wall, item of clothing, and possible space inside and out is covered with candy canes, Santa hats, garland, ornaments, candles, wreaths, toys, snowcapped evergreens, colored lights, and much more. Nonetheless, thankfully, somewhat busy pages do not overwhelm the wonderfully rhyming tale. The book is indeed a whimsical, visual delight, with humorous attention paid to happy faces on ornaments that accompany rollicking verse to welcome jolly old’ Saint Nick. Such features combine to engage the senses during a fun read-aloud. Readers willingly linger and often return to an enchanting night before Christmas with heightened excitement and in anticipation of Saint Nicholas over and over again. Reviewer: Susan Treadway; Ages 4 to 7.
School Library Journal
10/01/2015
PreS-Gr 2—This over-the-top illustrated version of the holiday classic will be fun to share over and over again. Ercolini has St. Nicholas dropping in on a house that has taken the extreme Christmas decorating challenge seriously. Literally every surface is covered with decorations, and Santa is dwarfed by the huge Santa display on the roof. Sugar plums dance, Dad is reading a decorating magazine while Mom dozes over her knitting, and the cookies for Santa have been replaced by a dessert buffet. VERDICT The cartoon illustrations, full of humor and charm, add a wink and a twinkle that parents and children will enjoy.—Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-09-01
Hobbie's fresh interpretation of the beloved Christmas classic offers a new way to see the arrival of St. Nick, from the perspective of one of the children of the household, rather than just the father. An intriguing cover illustration sets the scene, with the four children of the family snuggled up in a huge bed. The three older children are sound asleep, but look closely at the youngest boy, a towheaded toddler in a footed sleeper-suit. He's wide awake, and he and the family's cat head downstairs together. The little boy hides in a striped armchair and secretly watches as Santa arrives for his delivery. The father of the family is also awake and watching, connecting effectively with the narrator's voice in the poem. There is a hushed, magical feeling in Hobbie's masterful illustrations, done in watercolor, gouache, and pen and ink. She effectively captures the subdued lighting of the quiet house at night and the dark, mysterious atmosphere of the outdoor scenes with deep-gray skies, snowy vistas and a single fox standing by. Every element of the book's thoughtful design is skillfully chosen, including surprising perspectives, effective use of white space and an elegant type that echoes the muted palette of the illustrations. This is a quiet Night Before Christmas, one to savor and read over and over, year after year. (artist's note) (Picture book. 3-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781619890015
Publisher:
Kite Readers
Publication date:
11/25/2011
Sold by:
Sachmanya
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
202,327
File size:
10 MB
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Clement C. Moore (1779-1863) was a professor of literature and theology. He wrote A Visit from St. Nicholas, which later became 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. It was published anonymously in 1823, and later attributed to Moore. Marcin Nowakowski is an illustrator.

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The Night Before Christmas 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 157 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
BookwormMama14 More than 1 year ago
With Christmas fast approaching I realised that we don't own a copy of The Night Before Christmas. Therefore I began my hunt for a copy that my three year old would enjoy. I wanted something with vivid color and interaction. The pages are very busy and there is something new to see each time we open the pages. The traditional poem has always been one of my favorites. The illustrations add life to the words. My son loves it and keeps asking to "Read Santa!" and he goes around saying "Dash away! Dash away!" If you too are on the hunt for The Night Before Christmas, I recommend this copy. Eventually I would like a classic hard copy of this poem to own, but this year I am settling for a digital copy of this version that I found through our local library. May your season be filled with Christmas cheer!