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The Night Before Christmas: The Anniversary Edition [Hardcover]

Christian Birmingham
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautifully illustrated classic Jan. 7 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
My family had a copy of this when I was growing up, and the beautiful drawings make me so nostalgic for the Christmases of my childhood. I bought this so my baby girl would grow up with it too. Worth every penny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Oct. 25 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I search for this book based on my childhood memories of the artwork. You can imagine how many versions there are and my joy when I finally found this version with the artwork I fondly remember from my Christmas' past.

Shipping was fast although just slightly outside of the window they specified. Book arrived in pristine condition and I have no complaints. Price was right (1c!) and shipping cost was reasonable to my postal code in Southern Alberta.

If you are seeking the best "The Night Before Christmas" book out there, I can recommend this version and this seller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Get what you pay for. Jan. 24 2012
By Jay
I bought this book for my husband as it was a cherished book from childhood and our son ripped the pages of his original one last year at xmas. It took a long time to find and succussfully purchase thid one. I was very pleased by the price of this book; however, when I received it, most of the revolving pages were ripped and cannot be used in the way it is meant to be. This was not stated in the discription when I was looking to purchase it. I am having a difficult time trying to find someone who is able to repair it as it is not just a simple fix, and do not really want to buy another one hoping it will be in better condition. All in all, I am still happy to atleast have it in the house, even though we cannot read it the way it should be.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book Jan. 21 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The classic Jan. 17 2014
By yeg
Format:Library Binding|Verified Purchase
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic story for tots Jan. 15 2014
Format:Board book|Verified Purchase
I love that this is cardborad, now kids as young as 1yr can hold in their lil hands one of the best holiday poems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely rendition of Night Before Christmas Jan. 15 2014
By Lynne
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This version of the much loved story is a classic. Beautiful drawings. Sure to be a treasure for the whole family.
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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 6 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 8 months ago by T
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun for Kids
I spent ages looking similar to the one I had as a child. This one is very close. I think it is a treat to read close to Christmas Eve.
Published 12 months ago by LN Bayne
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!!!
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to start their own christmas traditions. The pictures are beautiful with pages that are bright, colourful & animated. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Karen Bailey
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor illustration style
Okay, so I didn't read the description and didn't realize this was an African style Christmas story. My Bad! It's still about Santa so it doesn't matter. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mommy of 1
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