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The Barnyard Night Before Christmas
     

The Barnyard Night Before Christmas

5.0 1
by Greg Newbold, Greg Newbold (Illustrator)
 
"NOW BESSIE! NOW, BILLY! NOW, BINGO! NOW, CHICKIE!On, Lambsy! On, Trigger! On, Quacker and Piggy!"And laying his finger aside of his nose,Up, up, Santa Claus and those animals rose.Notice something a little different? Well, in this hilarious retelling of the iconic Clement C. Moore Christmas poem, it's a barnyard full ofmischievous, quarrelsome

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"NOW BESSIE! NOW, BILLY! NOW, BINGO! NOW, CHICKIE!On, Lambsy! On, Trigger! On, Quacker and Piggy!"And laying his finger aside of his nose,Up, up, Santa Claus and those animals rose.Notice something a little different? Well, in this hilarious retelling of the iconic Clement C. Moore Christmas poem, it's a barnyard full ofmischievous, quarrelsome livestock that gets Santa and his sleigh off the ground this Christmas Eve. With a little ingenuity, a few balloons, and a lot of attitude, they give Santa a Christmas Eve he'll never forget!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Dateline: Down on the Farm. In a recasting of Clement C. Moore's poem, a band of bickering barn mates receives a request from Santa to be his relief sleigh team while the reindeer take a break. Quick thinking, teamwork-and some balloons-help the cacophonous crew finally bring peace and toys to all. The members of Newbold's anthropomorphic menagerie sport textured fur, fleece and feathers, as well as exaggerated expressions (some might call them over-the-top). Far more kid-friendly than Gribnau's rendition (reviewed below), this outing substitutes silliness for Moore's sense of wonder. Ages 3-6. (Oct.)

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School Library Journal

Gr 2-4-Newbold's engaging illustrations add whimsy to this reworking of Clement C. Moore's poem. The use of light is excellent, and the expressive features of the barnyard menagerie are compelling. The tale is a familiar one. Santa's reindeer are incapacitated, so the farm animals, who haven't been getting along this year, rally to save Christmas and are duly rewarded. Becoming heroes and receiving presents take precedence over gaining any understanding of peace and brotherhood, but this lighthearted story should be well received at storytime.-Linda Israelson, Los Angeles Public Library

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Kirkus Reviews
Santa recruits a new transportation team in this farm-themed parody of Clement C. Moore's Christmas classic. When his reindeer are unable to complete their round of deliveries on Christmas Eve, Santa stops in at a nearby farm to ask for help. Residing at this particular farm are eight animals who have trouble getting along, plus an intelligent mouse named Pip who has already written his letter to Santa. Pip has the bright idea to outfit the animals with helium-balloon harnesses, and by working together they pull the sleigh and save the day. Terrill does a creditable job of adapting the familiar poem to her new setting, although the logistics of the intermediate verses get a bit complicated with falling toys and popping balloons. In a thoughtful concluding page, the little mouse's letter to Santa is shown, asking only for peace in the barnyard. The illustrations are infused with starlight and moonlight reflecting on the snowy landscapes, showcasing a jolly Santa and comical, cartoon-style animals. Children who are familiar with Moore's classic will enjoy the humor and rollicking language of this version as an introduction to comedic parody. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375936821
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
10/23/2007
Series:
Picture Book Series
Edition description:
Library Edition
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
8.07(w) x 11.27(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Beth Terrill is an editor of children's books. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.Greg Newbold has been an artist his entire life. His illustrations have appeared in many books, magazines advertisements, and exhibitions. He lives with his family in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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