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The Night Before the Night Before Christmas Paperback – September 23, 2002

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-In this contemporary send-up of Clement C. Moore's poem, a family overwhelmed by holiday preparations comes to realize that "Christmas is about love./And we have quite enough." Energetic, exaggerated cartoon illustrations accompany the lengthy, unevenly rhymed text, which scans awkwardly and does not easily lend itself to sharing aloud. Readers searching for the true meaning of Christmas will want to look elsewhere.-S. P.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This story combines all the crazy things that families go through to get ready for Christmas. I just hope they never happen to you! But it's fun to laugh at the silliness that holiday stress puts us through. So have a good laugh. And share this book with a friend.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: The Night Before
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap (September 23, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448428725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448428727
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,191 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Natasha Wing was born in Connecticut and now lives in Fort Collins, Colorado. After graduating from Arizona State University, she worked in advertising for a number of years. It wasn't until 1991 that she decided to write children's books. Luckily she sold her first book within six months and has been writing children's books and articles ever since. Some of her books have even ended up on bestseller lists, including the wildly popular The Night Before series.

"I'm curious about many things- people, holidays, underdogs, little known historic figures - and translate my excitement for a topic into books for kids to enjoy. Story ideas are popping into my head all the time, so you never know what my next book will be. But that's what's so fun about writing."

To find out more about Natasha Wing and how to Skype with her go to www.natashawing.com.

Favorite Children's Books: The Polar Express (I have a signed copy!), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The Cat in the Hat, The Golden Compass, Harry Potter; Favorite Season: Fall; Favorite Tree: Maple; Favorite Colors: Cranberry red and fuscia pink; Pet: Purrsia the lynx point kitty Professional: Member of Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators, Children's Book Insider.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By MEJ on January 5, 2005
Format: Paperback
This twist on Clement C. Moore's Christmas poem is one that parents can really identify with! It's about all the things that can and will go wrong during Christmas preparations, like burnt cookies. Yet the spirit of the holiday wins out. My daughter really likes this book and I think it is a pleasure to read to her. I don't agree with the editorial review that it, "...scans awkwardly and does not easily lend itself to sharing aloud." I love the illustrator's style too. It's a very cute and clever book that is worth having in your Christmas library.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
I am an English teacher and a new mother and I love this book. The way it plays on the Clement Moore poem is so clever and well done. I also love the way it is humorous and fun, and yet has a sentimental and sweet ending and ties back to the original Christmas poem. I would recommend this book to all mothers and children who like to read together!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D. Blankenship HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on December 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
The old classic Christmas poem, "The Night Before Christmas" is probably one of the most repeated and parodied works ever. The different versions of this poem must number into the hundreds; if not the thousands. I can remember that a group of us wrote our own version when I was in high school which was based on a "Beatnik" theme and included some very good illustrations which alas, was not appreciated one little bit by the folks who ran the school and the local PTA. (Hey, it was their loss).

Anyway, this little book is yet another and I have to tell you right now that I love this little version.

"Twas the night before the night before Christmas,
with too much to do.
Our tree wasn't up yet,
and Mom had the flu."

Let me state right now that the art work in this one is comical in nature and an absolute delight. The artist, Mike Lester has captured the spirit of this little verse and the circumstances perfectly.

"Dad tied the tree to our car.
`This will just have to do.'
Mom nodded glumly
and sneezed, `Ah-ah0CHOOO!'

We dragged in our tree
through the front door.
It dropped half its needles
all over the floor."

I think one of the reasons that this book is so appealing is that there is much truth on each page and children are able to identify with it instantly. I dare say that the sort of situations addressed here are played out in numerous households, to one extent or another, throughout the country each year.

"When he plugged in the cord,
not a single light lit.
Did we have extra bulbs?
Yes...but none of them fit."

When all is finall ready, the family enters their home only to find that the family cat has pretty well destroyed tree, decorations and all.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 2, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is both my daughter's and my favorite Christmas book. We read it every night. It rhymes, is funny and has beautiful illustrations.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
...this is their favorite Christmas story.

As a housewarming gift, I picked up a pair of Christmas books for my friends' children last year. This year, their mother again thanked me for "The Night Before the Night Before Christmas." It had become her kindergartener's and pre-schooler's favorite. In fact, it was the only story the pre-schooler wanted to hear.

For fun, I ordered myself a copy. It is now my favorite too. Following the cadences of "The Night Before Christmas," readers are invited along to witness a typical, loving family's Christmas challenges. Page after page of endearing illustrations will enchant readers of all ages. Not even the most dedicated Grinch can resist.

Don't wait another year to pick up this great story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By insanity! on March 23, 2012
Format: Paperback
My daughters teacher gave this book to each of the students for Christmas ... I had never heard of it before.

This was the most requested Christmas book, it had to be read at least five times a night - and the whole family had reading time at once (a rarity)! We laughed so much every time it was read.

Cleverly written, great illustration. This book is about everything that needs to be done before Christmas morning; how wrong things can go; and simply being together.

A new holiday classic for my family!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By byang04 on November 19, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Cutest and silliest book!! I absolutely adore the store and the pictures!! Will definitely need to start collecting other books from the author!! Great silly read for kids of all ages!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By missy on December 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
I absolutely adore this story! It captures everything that the Spirit of Christmas is about through a little girl's (wide) eyes. I will have this book forever!
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