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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (October 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689863993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689863998
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 9.8 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

K-4–With Moore's classic poem on one side of each spread and humorous rhyming commentary from a modern young boy on the other, Goodrich gives a delightful new twist to this holiday chestnut. The colored-pencil and watercolor pictures, done in a cartoon style, are visually delicious. The artist's use of moonlight hues and soft textures makes objects seem to glow from within. His dynamic, cinematic compositions lend suspense to the scenes and reflect his extensive work in film illustration. A first-rate adaptation that will enhance the enjoyment for all who love the original.–Maureen Wade, Los Angeles Public Library
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This Christmas charmer extends the familiar poem beginning "'Twas the night before Christmas" with a series of couplets that alternate with the stanzas in Moore's original verse. A little boy confesses that, despite what everyone thinks, he was the only creature stirring in the house that Christmas Eve. He tries to sleep, frets about Santa catching him awake, notices the slippery sleigh sliding down the sloping roof, and creeps out his bedroom window to park it at a more stable point. Then he slips back inside, hoping that he wasn't noticed. Santa acts out his part in the original rhymes on the left-hand pages while the boy's adventures take place on the facing pages. The cool blues, purples, and grays of the evening scenes are warmed here and there with blushes of rosier hues, while the rounded forms, soft-textured shading, and expressive characters create an appealing visual interpretation of the verses. This child-centered reinvention of the Christmas classic is fun for reading aloud. Carolyn Phelan
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Donna M. Travers on October 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Kids will enjoy this story, parents too, and everyone can marvel at the fantastic illustrations. Carter Goodrich is an amazing artist. In "A Creature Was Stirring" he captures a great Christmas feeling with his colors and the few characters of the book are full of life and personality. He has a particularly interesting take on Santa. The story is cool too, it offers a fresh spin on the old "'Twas the Night Before Christmas", telling the story from the perspective of a little boy, which I am sure kids will love. The original text is used in the story as well, so you get a nice new version with the classic there too, good deal.

Buy this if you want a great Christmas story for your kids and the child inside you, and also if you have any interest in Carter Goodrich, illustration, animation design, or great drawing and painting in general.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louise Wyatt on December 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Magic abounds in Carter Goodrich's splendidly illustrated second story tucked alongside the familiar 'Night Before Christmas.' A little boy's insomnia culminates in his own brief flight in Santa's sleigh, while stockings are stuffed at the hearth below. Night and snow and reindeer and pillows are all illustrated with a deft colored pencil/watercolor mix that intrigues the artistic eye. Goodrich shows a new side of himself, a pleasant surprise to fans of his New Yorker magazine covers.
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By TAP on February 10, 2013
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I was hoping for more, My three year old wasn't too interested in this book, not sure why. I will try again next year.
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By tsaranger on January 7, 2013
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I bought this book to share with my two year old niece. She's still too young to understand it... but I definitely think it will be a family treasure :) It's a lot of fun to read with multiple voices! :D (one for the classic story and one for the little boy who's up to mischief!)
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By tatdeveau on December 31, 2012
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We would get this book from our local library every year (for the past 5 years) and it was always a risk that it would be out... this year it was- so we got a copy of our own library!
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