The Night Before Christmas

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The beloved Christmas poem, abridged, that features stockings hung by the chimney with care, a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rendeer, and St. Nick himself -- all depicted inside a bright red, house-shaped ornament. The shadow box scenes show Santa with a bag of toys on one side and Santa's sleigh flying into the night on the other.

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

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Overview

The beloved Christmas poem, abridged, that features stockings hung by the chimney with care, a miniature sleigh and eight tiny rendeer, and St. Nick himself -- all depicted inside a bright red, house-shaped ornament. The shadow box scenes show Santa with a bag of toys on one side and Santa's sleigh flying into the night on the other.

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

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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 - Mary Quattlebaum
This familiar tale is given new color and character through Tudor's paintings. Children will love hearing of how visions of sugarplums dance, and the father springs from his bed "to see what was the matter," in this timeless treasure of a story. Tudor's Victorian-style watercolors and trademark animals-corgi, a cat and numerous goats-adorn the pages of this beloved classic, written in 1822.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
It is signature Jan Brett, a story told in the text with another story told in the bright, detailed pictures that frame the larger images. The poem by Moore is familiar and Brett breathes new life into it with her interpretation. Set in the not too distant past, Father in his stocking cap watches St. Nick go about his business. Two young elves have stowed away in St. Nick's sleigh and do cause some slight mischief, but nothing St. Nick can't handle. Kids and adult readers will enjoy looking at all of the minutiae in the large illustrations that spread across two pages and the amusing details highlighted within the border insets. A book destined to become a holiday favorite.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The teller in this familiar holiday tale is a teddy bear. He is cute and the illustrations have a gentle charm. It is just right for those first time listeners. 1997 (orig.
Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Tudor's watercolors decorate the classic Christmas poem. The illustrations flip from black and white to full-color, and are filled with many details appropriate to the era of Moore's poem. Santa is a "right jolly old elf", quite a bit smaller than we are used to seeing him depicted. The illustrations are framed and placed on blue backgrounds, so they are considerably smaller than the pages of the book. This version of the poem will be most appreciated by the nostalgic reader who owned it as a child.
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
PreS Up--Adults who love nostalgic Christmas images will be charmed by this title, which includes samples of the work of some of the great children's book illustrators of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Edens and Darling selected the illustrations from their own collection of antique picture books, choosing the pictures they felt best illustrated each stanza. Children, however, might be disconcerted by the many different versions of Santa Claus, some of which are frankly kind of creepy looking. Artistic styles vary dramatically and sometimes the transitions from one scene to another are abrupt. While it is interesting to see the many interpretations of Santa juxtaposed, most children will prefer an edition of the story with a single illustrator who gives a unique and consistent vision of Santa and the night before Christmas. Illustrators for each page are listed in the back of the book.--AC
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.
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The telling of Clement C. Moore's beloved poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas," is as enduring tradition of Christmas, one that has lasted through generations. What makes this edition extra-special is the presentation and exquisitely rendered illustrations by artist Christian Birmingham. The big, outdoor scenes of frosty snow-capped houses and St. Nick's dash through the icy winter sky are full of cool blue while the indoor depictions of St. Nick as he surreptitiously steps through the house are full of warmth, wonder, and a nostalgic Christmasy red that's so "right." In between are charming black and white sketches of toys, reindeer, gifts, and other holiday art. Even the lettering is attractive, with the poem presented in large, easy-to-read old-fashioned type. An enchanting holiday book to treasure. 10" x 13 1/4".
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399251931
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 9/11/2008
  • Edition description: Anniversar
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.10 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Brett
Jan Brett
Jan Brett lives in Norwell, Massachusetts. Her most recent book, The Three Snow Bears, was a New York Times #1 bestseller.
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  • Posted January 23, 2010

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    A Jan Brett Classic!

    When ordering a book by Jan Brett, you can't go wrong. This book is no exception. It has beautiful illustrations, and is shadow boxes as usual. My children love it, and my 1st grade class loved it too.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2010

    Christmas standard

    The text is the standard. I chose this version (out of many) for a grandchild because, to me, the drawings were the prettiest in a classical sense.

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  • Posted December 17, 2009

    Priceless story and pictures -- rekindles the power of goodness in everybody

    This is a tineless story with new illustrations befitting the grandeur of the spirit of Christmas love and giving. The illustrations are beautiful and evoke feelings of childhood joy, the spirit of giving and the beauty and charm of holiday traditions. This edition is very elegant and whimsical, and the story surpasses excellence. The artwork lifts one's spirit and leaves us remembering that hope, love, and compassion for the children all over our world is the most important Christmas lesson of all.
    It's a beautiful storybook for all ages.

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    A classic for all ages

    I have read this story since I was a child and I never get tired of it. It is a delight to read and savor for all times.

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