The Night Before Christmas

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'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house …
 
For decades families have gathered together to read Clement C. Moore's enchanting holiday poem. Featuring beautiful original illustrations by award-winning artist Tom Browning, this stunning edition stands apart from the rest. Browning has created a classic Saint Nick—the quintessential round, jolly, white-bearded figure that everyone ...
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Overview

'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house …
 
For decades families have gathered together to read Clement C. Moore's enchanting holiday poem. Featuring beautiful original illustrations by award-winning artist Tom Browning, this stunning edition stands apart from the rest. Browning has created a classic Saint Nick—the quintessential round, jolly, white-bearded figure that everyone imagines. The look is timeless, filled with warmth and sentiment: exactly what Christmas should be.

The story's enduring charm and Browning'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.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2–A series of greeting-card-type paintings fails to coalesce as a new or unique addition to the many versions of the classic poem already available. The layout is static and somewhat confusing with a variety of unrelated cameo images appearing in the text boxes. The full-page images of Santa seem suitable for framing, but not really much else.–Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Those who seek a large-format, traditional interpretation of this Christmas classic will enjoy this pleasant though not exceptional effort. Browning's realistic paintings offer an old-fashioned setting and a handsome, jolly Santa in a resplendent costume with lots of fur trim and a huge belt. This version focuses directly on Santa on most pages, following him closely as he arrives, leaves his gifts and then departs with his sleigh and reindeer into the night sky. Text blocks are set off with decorative borders and smaller illustrations of Santa at home in his workshop. An introductory author's note provides the traditional view of Moore as the author of the poem without mentioning the considerable controversy over the poem's true attribution. This note concludes with the questionable statement that "almost all the children in the world have read this poem." (Picture book. 3-6)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781454913559
  • Publisher: Sterling Children's Books
  • Publication date: 10/7/2014
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 5 years

Meet the Author


Tom Browning is a nationally acclaimed and award-winning artist known for both his Santa images and his fine art, which includes a wide array of subjects. His paintings of Santa Claus have been licensed for countless products with global distribution and are now famous around the world. Although Tom now spends his time primarily painting fine art, he continues to create several Santas each year and to add them to his private collection. Tom lives in Bend, OR. For more information, visit his website at tombrowning.com.
 
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