The Nightmare Before Christmas

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Overview

(Easy Piano Songbook). Easy piano arrangements of all 11 Danny Elfman songs from the soundtrack of this Christmas cult classic. Includes: Jack's Lament
• Jack's Obsession
• Kidnap the Sandy Claws
• Making Christmas
• Oogie Boogie's Song
• Poor Jack
• Sally's Song
• This Is Halloween
• Town Meeting Song
• What's This?
• Finale/Reprise.

When the king of Halloween decides he wants a new holiday, Christmas will never be the same.

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Overview

(Easy Piano Songbook). Easy piano arrangements of all 11 Danny Elfman songs from the soundtrack of this Christmas cult classic. Includes: Jack's Lament
• Jack's Obsession
• Kidnap the Sandy Claws
• Making Christmas
• Oogie Boogie's Song
• Poor Jack
• Sally's Song
• This Is Halloween
• Town Meeting Song
• What's This?
• Finale/Reprise.

When the king of Halloween decides he wants a new holiday, Christmas will never be the same.

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Editorial Reviews

Ilene Cooper
Expect to hear this title a lot around Christmastime. Burton, the author, is also Burton, the filmmaker ("Beetlejuice", "Batman"), and this is the picture-book version of his new holiday movie. According to a companion adult volume, "Tim Burton's Nightmare before Christmas: The Film, the Art, the Vision", reviewed in this issue's Upfront section, Burton has used an innovative stop-motion process to animate the movie. Maybe the story will work better as a movie than it does as a picture book. It stars Jack Skellington, Halloween's most famous figure. He concludes that Halloween's a drag, and after literally falling into Christmas Town, decides to shove Santa into a sack and trade places with him. This leads to such lines as "And what to their wondering eyes should appear / But a coffin sleigh with skeleton deer. / And a skeletal driver so ugly and sick / They knew in a moment, this can't be St. Nick." At least these lines scan better than some of the stanzas in the rhyming text. It's not clear who the audience for this is. The art is macabre and likely to scare little ones, especially those who still believe in Santa. Older kids may find the book amusing in a gross kind of way, but if they've seen the film, these illustrations aren't going to hold their interest. Libraries might want to consider purchase if the film's a holiday hit, but to be on the safe side, wait and see if the movie is big box office--and whether that translates into requests.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786849086
  • Publisher: Disney Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2006
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 278,346
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.37 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.37 (d)

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  • Posted September 9, 2009

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    book is amazing!

    if you are a tim burton fan you will LOVE this! ive been a fan since i was 4 and i am happy to have this book..its the original poem with original illustrations...i would recommend this to everyone!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2009

    it was amazing!!!!!!

    I love this book, which is cool because it is the original poem that Tim Burton wrote himself! So this is the original Nightmare Before Christmas!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 22, 2009

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    I Also Recommend:

    A Humorous Modern Classic

    Burton's beautifully illustrated storybook that puts a twist on a classic tale is a great book for a fun and different holiday storytime. Jack is a colorful character and each page is full of wonderful rhymes and amazing pictures. Reading this to the kids will get laughs and a lot of attention.
    Its a book I read every holiday season.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2005

    GENIUS!!!! the artwork is so awesome....

    omigod, i love this book. the drawings are so killer, just like the movie!! Tim Burton, sir, you are a friggin' GENIUS!!! i can't wait until the 'Charlie & The Chocolate Factory' and 'Corpse Bride' movies come out!

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