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Twas the Night Before Christmas: Or Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas
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Twas the Night Before Christmas: Or Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas

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by Clement C. Moore, Matt Tavares (Illustrator)
 

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"Lushly textured pencil drawings capture the mystery, surprise, and anticipation of . . . the most magical night of the year." — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Once upon a time, children imagined St. Nicholas as a stern, skinny bishop who was as likely to dole out discipline as Christmas presents. But thanks to the anonymous publication of the poem

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"Lushly textured pencil drawings capture the mystery, surprise, and anticipation of . . . the most magical night of the year." — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

Once upon a time, children imagined St. Nicholas as a stern, skinny bishop who was as likely to dole out discipline as Christmas presents. But thanks to the anonymous publication of the poem "Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas" in the TROY SENTINAL in 1823, a plumper, merrier St. Nick was born, transformed into the sleigh-riding, chimney-diving, jolly old elf we now call Santa Claus. Complemented by gorgeous monochrome illustrations that are meticulously true to pre-Victorian times, this definitive volume of 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, honoring the poem's original language, is now available in a compact gift edition.

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Publishers Weekly
Two paper-over-board editions will be welcomed by fans of the originals. Now in a smaller, gifty trim size, Matt Tavares's interpretation of Moore's poem 'Twas the Night Before Christmas retains its magic. PW wrote of the original, "Stark yet lushly textured pencil drawings capture the mystery, surprise and anticipation of what many children consider the most magical night of the year." Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
A note from the illustrator explains the history of the authorship of the work and subsequent popularity of the tradition of hanging stockings by the fireplace on Christmas Eve. The work was listed as anonymous until 1844, when Clement C. Moore claimed authorship. This edition goes back to the original language, which has undergone changes through the years. Here the names of the reindeer are "Dunder and Blixem." The ending is, "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night." Artists will appreciate the pencil drawings of Victorian houses, children, the narrator, Santa, and the reindeer. The black- and-white illustrations may carry out the limited color choice of the original newspaper publication of the poem. Young children will prefer the more usual colorful books. This edition is for the purists.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763631185
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
09/12/2006
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
417,758
Product dimensions:
7.66(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 18 Years

Meet the Author

Matt Tavares is the author-illustrator of three baseball-inspired favorites: ZACHARY'S BALL, OLIVER'S GAME, and MUDBALL. He lives in Ogunquit, Maine.

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Twas the Night Before Christmas 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointed in this book. Bought it for my 3 year old grandson. Thought it would be fun to read during the Holidays, what a bummer it turned out to be. Even though description talked about illustrations there were none. Hard to keep a little one interested without pictures. Would not recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Twas the nightvis bad there is no picture they need to change that part so klds read it
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a lovely children¿s poem about a man who hears Santa Claus on his rooftop on Christmas Eve. The story is told in verse and warms my heart every time I hear it. I love to read this poem to my children at Christmas. They always try to remember the names of the reindeer just as Santa calls them out. It is a wonderful book to read and to share. This poem was written by Clement Clarke Moore. He was born on July 15, 1779 and passed away on July 10, 1863. He died at home in his Newport home in Rhode Island. He is now buried in New York ay the Trinity Churchyard Cemetery. One of his daughters Mary C. Moore Ogden illustrated his poem in a book called A Visit From St. Nicholas c 1995. Moore, Clement Clarke, `Twas The Knight Before Christmas. Cambridge: Candlewick Press, 2002. Reading Level 4.3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My eight year old son had a great time reading this book. He read it the first night of advent and every night there after until Christmas Day. The illustrations on every page really added to the poem.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1 person gave it a thumps up. another person said omg i love that book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have the book in paper.
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I dont know anything about this book but what im seeing so far is that it has no pictures. If it doesnt then I wouldnt recommend this!
GrandmomCathy50 More than 1 year ago
We gave this recordable book as a Christmas gift for our almost 2 year old niece. Her parents were delighted that they could record their voices reading this book, and that she could pretend to read it along with them. I must say it was a big hit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is ok
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No pictures in it. Kind of sad. Dont buy it. It is not worth the money.
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We missed having some illustrations. A picture of Santa would have help. But you can't complain when a book is free.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It dosent matter if it has no pis its just abour what christmas i really about it is a really nice book to read around the holidays!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont care if there is not pics ld just read for myself
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this story i want this for the holidays so i can read it to my family
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Doesn't even show how the book looks like in side.
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I love this poem because it is about Christmas
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This is a text only version of the poem, prefaced by a short author bio and poem history. Should be free.
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