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The Night Before Christmas
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The Night Before Christmas

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by Holly Hobbie (Artist), Clement Clarke Moore
 

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In her fresh imagining of Clement C. Moore's timeless classic, acclaimed watercolorist Holly Hobbie introduces an entirely new character to capture the magic and heighten the wonder of this exciting, mysterious time. Her inimitable illustrations glow with warmth and feeling and will transport you to a place where anything can happen.

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In her fresh imagining of Clement C. Moore's timeless classic, acclaimed watercolorist Holly Hobbie introduces an entirely new character to capture the magic and heighten the wonder of this exciting, mysterious time. Her inimitable illustrations glow with warmth and feeling and will transport you to a place where anything can happen.

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316070188
Publisher:
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date:
10/22/2013
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
102,969
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Holly Hobbie has worked as an artist for more than thirty years and is the author of eleven highly acclaimed Toot & Puddle picture books as well as Gem, Fanny, Fanny and Annabelle, and Everything but the Horse. She has also written an illustrated memoir, The Art of Holly Hobbie.

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The Night Before Christmas 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Pretty book! Thrilled it was $1.99 in lieu of $9.99! :)