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The Night Before Christmas [Hardcover]

Christian Birmingham
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Book Description

Aug. 31 2005
Running Press is proud to be the publisher of the best-selling edition among all the available versions of Clement C. Moore’s classic Christmas Eve poem. With appearances at the top of the New York Times bestseller list over the past ten years, illustrator Christian Birmingham’s stunning interpretation of this holiday favorite has been clearly embraced by the market. Now, for the second year in row, we are thrilled to have Birmingham’s gorgeous illustrations available in a board book edition. These two unbelievably priced treasures have become as much a tradition for booksellers as the classic tale itself.

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Whose tiny faces are peeking out from Santa's golden sleigh? Yikes! It's two of Santa's elves who are Christmas Eve stowaways. Beloved illustrator Jan Brett's version of The Night Before Christmas lets these two mischievous elves add their rambunctious spirit to this familiar 1823 rhyming story. Here, Santa and his reindeer land on the snowy roof of a Victorian mansion in New England. While Santa delivers the toys inside, the elves and the reindeer frolic around the lawn, as a pig (earmarked for a girl named Jan) and a few alphabet blocks spill out of sacks into the snow. Santa swiftly reins in the mischief-makers and "away they all flew like the down on a thistle." Brett's richly illustrated borders are lavishly decorated with antique toys, ornaments, and sweet treats, all surrounded with twisting golden ribbons. They also give us a window on the mansion's inhabitants, including the children watching Santa's departure in awe. A sugarplum of a Christmas story, just right for a reading before "a long winter's nap." (Click to see a sample spread. Illustrations ©1998 by Jan Brett. Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, a division of Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers.) (Ages 3 to 6) --Marcie Bovetz --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Spiffy acrylic paintings of a wintry urban landscape dotted with tangy candy-colored buildings give the classic poem some modern zip. The artist's whimsy shines in an "Identification Chart: How to Recognize Santa!" and the exploits of the household's black cat (and its white mouse pal). By book's end, even the lone straggler on the holiday tree lot has been touched by Christmas magic. Among the few good contemporary treatments of this poem, Grover's is a winner. All ages. (Oct.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book for a great price!! Nov. 1 2000
In preparing our list of Christmas books to share with others, we had to search far and wide on amazon to find this particular book, a paperback edition of the classic Night Before Christmas.
This is the book I've used for years when reading this story to my own children, passing on Tasha Tudor and other illustrators. Why?
Although we can find the same poem and pay a lot more, with award winning illustrators, the illustrations provided by Douglas Gorsline are surely the best. They are quite colorful, and offer details little children love looking into...cats lie sleepily on the window sill, we see an overview of the town, the presents spilling from the open sack are intriguing and plentiful, and Jolly St. Nick is -- well, quite Jolly (as you can see by looking at the cover!)
The story is an "abridged version" - I'm not sure about other parents, but we read this on Christmas Eve, and we only have so much time and energy. Everything we remember from the classic poem by Clement Clarke Moore is in this version.
(From "'Twas the Night Before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse" to "He sprang to his sleigh, to his team gave a whistle, And away they all flew like the down of a thistle. But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight,"HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!" In between we have everything, from the names of the eight tiny reindeer, to a belly that shakes like a bowl full of jelly, including dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, when they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky".
In other words, don't be scared off by 'abridged'!)
Perhaps a hardcover edition might be more appropriate if you're giving a gift (unless you're giving to more than one child), but this book is one of the best offers we've found!
A classic done simply and inexpensively!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Family Gift Aug. 18 2003
The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore, with illustrations
by Mary Engelbreit, is the perfect Family gift or chidren's present.The poetic tale of The Night Before Christmas, can become a lovely custom to sit and read with a child during the hectic days preceding the Holiday.
Every family should own this classic tale that never tires children.The illustrations are magnificent in this book, but not too
sophisticated for children.It could be any era, not just 1820.
I remember with nostalgic pleasure having this read to me,
until I began to recognize the words and reading it to myself on a nightly basis.
I am sure another generation of children will be thrilled
with this book,and their parents will likely feel the same
with the memories it invokes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Each page in this book is definitely a piece of art! Mary Engelbreit outdid herself on this one. I initially checked it out from our local library and then decided I wanted it for our girls. It's a book I want them to be able to read to their own children one day! I would definitely recommend it!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely beautiful book Nov. 11 2003
By John
Couldn't recommend this edition highly enough. The illustrations are beautiful and bring the magic of Christmas to life for both young and old. It truly is an heirloom edition made all the more special by the brass christmas stocking bookmark.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book. Oct. 15 2003
I am a huge Engelbreit fan, and I just love this book. Every page is dazzling. My two year old loves it as well; he just gets lost in every illustration. He points to this and that and just can't get enough of just LOOKING. Engelbreit's bright colors and attention to detail just shine in this book. They just don't come any better than this!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic story Jan. 29 2010
By Zeezaxa
Format:Board book
With the night before Christmas you usually know what you are getting. I like the book but wish the pictures were brighter. I know i know it is supposed to be night but it is a childrens book and in the story even says it is bright like midday from the new snow. Santa is so dark he looks burgundy even beside the brightly lit Christmas tree. They also could have been a but more creative in their pictures. Just an average book but the price was good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Beautiful Book Jan. 2 2002
Gorgeous...that is the best word to describe this book.
Christian Birmingham's illustrations create the pictures of the story that we all have in our heads...but alas, cannot paint ourselves.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Night Before Christmas Nov. 13 2001
What makes this book different from the rest of the Night Before Christmas books is the illustrations. The pictures are that of a traditional victorian home. The detail is incredible. Purchasing this book is probably one of the best buys I have ever made. We enjoy this book not only every day in December, but throughout the year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing illustrations. Reminds me of many childhood
Amazing illustrations. Reminds me of many childhood. Whole family will love this holiday classic!
Published 20 days ago by Karl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Book was in great shape when it arrived and illustrations were even better than I remember them as a kid. Package also arrived in the mail faster than I was expecting it.
Published 9 months ago by Tara Wenstob
5.0 out of 5 stars The classic
The illustrated book is wonderful - the illustrations are atmospheric and the children love the story as well. It's amust to read every Christmas Eve.
Published 9 months ago by yeg
5.0 out of 5 stars classic story for tots
I love that this is cardborad, now kids as young as 1yr can hold in their lil hands one of the best holiday poems.
Published 9 months ago by Taneshia
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely rendition of Night Before Christmas
This version of the much loved story is a classic. Beautiful drawings. Sure to be a treasure for the whole family.
Published 9 months ago by Lynne
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Good for young readers to ensure not ripped pages.
It really shows the effects of christmas
Well enjoyed at my house.
Published 9 months ago by Sandra Scalia
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a pop-up
We were disappointed to find out that this is not a pop-up book as advertised. It's a good book otherwise.
Published 9 months ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars A couple of clicks and I had what I wanted
Was great the only thing I didn't like was at t he end... It Should be Merry Christmas, not happy. That was disappointing cause I am sure that as a child it always used to be... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Denise
5.0 out of 5 stars Colorful book!
Good book telling a classic story with bright and creative pictures. Good for all ages and families to enjoy over the holidays.
Published 10 months ago by Erin MacMaster
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
This is a beautifully illustrated book. It actually looks nicer than in the online pictures. I cannot wait to read it to my toddler.
Published 11 months ago by T
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