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The Night Before Christmas [Hardcover]

Christian Birmingham
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Product Description

From Amazon

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.

From Publishers Weekly

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.

From School Library Journal

PreS Up. A very pretty but essentially traditional rendering of the familiar holiday poem. Warm colors dominate the palette with golden browns that glow in the interior scenes and cool blues for the snow and night sky. Although the scenes are beautiful, the people are stiff, with hard faces and uncomfortable positions; even the sleeping children don't look restful. There are so many other versions of the poem available with their own marks of graphic originality, such as Ted Rand's illustrated version (North-South, 1995) or The Grandma Moses Night Before Christmas (Random, 1991), that they make this an unnecessary purchase.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

From Booklist

Grover, the illustrator of The Accidental Zucchini (1993), uses a folk-art style to freshen up this old favorite. This visit from St. Nick is set in a town where houses are decorated with lights and cars (which all look like Volkswagen Beetles) occupy the driveways. The pictures, featuring boxy shapes, are executed in thick acrylics, giving the art a substantial feel. The best spread is a sort of Santa mug shot (side and front view) with various identifying features pointed out (a nose like a cherry, dimples, etc.). A choice for those wanting an updated version of the poem or for libraries that know they can always use another copy. Ilene Cooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Booklist called the 1980 Holiday House picture book edition “A Christmas treasure” in a starred review.

(Booklist) --This text refers to the Board book edition.

From the Publisher

in full colour throughout --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From the Back Cover

"Children will enjoy the humorous details. A popular choice."--Booklist. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Christian Birmingham—often called “Christmas” Birmingham —is famous for his holiday titles, including A Christmas Carol and A Christmas Treasury. He has illustrated many other well-received books for young readers and has been short-listed several times for national awards for distinguished illustration.
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