Twas the Night Before Christmas

Twas the Night Before Christmas

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by Clement C. Moore

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A celebration of the magic and wonder of Christmas Eve. The perfect family story for the holiday season.

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A celebration of the magic and wonder of Christmas Eve. The perfect family story for the holiday season.

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Children's Literature - Beverley Fahey
With all the editions of this Clement Moore perennial favorite it is hard to know just which one to select to own. With the exception of the poem illustrated by the notable artists like Jan Brett, Putnam, 1998, or Cheryl Harness, Random, 1989 or Robert Ingpen, Sterling, 2010 most are average at best. For this edition Whelan has chose a family of mice to await the arrival of jolly St. Nick featured here as a chubby, bespeckled, white haired mouse. Printed on heavy stock the double-page spreads open with a cut-away of the mouse family's house that is filled with cozy creature comforts and moves on the several of the airborne Santa and his reindeer coming in for a rooftop landing. Santa pauses in is work long enough to enjoy a snack of milk and cookies and cheese before ascending the chimney. The final spread, with reindeer leaping into the night sky carries the famous tag line, "Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight." The colorful watercolors have a homey feel to them with touches of glitter that add sparkle to the familiar poem. While there is nothing outstanding about this title neither is there anything inherently wrong with it. The happy mouse family and endearing mouse Santa along with the pleasant design and sturdy pages will make it a good choice for younger children. Reviewer: Beverley Fahey
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—The illustrations in this version of the celebrated poem will appeal to young children; the narrator, his family, and Santa are all adorable, large-eared mice. One spread shows a cutaway view of a small house, mice snug under colorful quilts, and a Christmas tree twinkling downstairs by the fire. The emphasis is on cozy and cute, jazzed up with judicious sprinklings of glitter on each sturdy page. An excellent version for the youngest set.—Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews

The famous poem is presented here with a cast of charming mice, including Santa Mouse in the starring role. He is shown on the glitter-accented cover flying in his mouse-sized sleigh with his team of eight tiny reindeer that truly fit that description. The attractive design features a large format with pages of heavy cardstock, and each double-page spread includes touches of glitter highlighting snow, stars and decorations. Appealing watercolors depict a cozy home ready for the holiday, with one spread showing a cutaway view like an open dollhouse. The illustrations follow an old-fashioned interpretation of the well-loved poem, with mice taking the place of the characters. The choice of mice to tell the story gives new meaning to the phrase "not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse." Sweet, but probably not lasting. (Picture book. 3-7)

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