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The Nightmare Before Christmas: 20th Anniversary Edition Hardcover – August 6, 2013


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 3
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Press; 20 Anv edition (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423178696
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423178699
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 10.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gr. 3-5. Expect to hear this title a lot around Christmastime. Burton, the author, is also Burton, the filmmaker (Beetlejuice, Batman), and this is the picture-book version of his new holiday movie. According to a companion adult volume, Tim Burton's Nightmare before Christmas: The Film, the Art, the Vision, reviewed in this issue's Upfront section, Burton has used an innovative stop-motion process to animate the movie. Maybe the story will work better as a movie than it does as a picture book. It stars Jack Skellington, Halloween's most famous figure. He concludes that Halloween's a drag, and after literally falling into Christmas Town, decides to shove Santa into a sack and trade places with him. This leads to such lines as "And what to their wondering eyes should appear / But a coffin sleigh with skeleton deer. / And a skeletal driver so ugly and sick / They knew in a moment, this can't be St. Nick." At least these lines scan better than some of the stanzas in the rhyming text. It's not clear who the audience for this is. The art is macabre and likely to scare little ones, especially those who still believe in Santa. Older kids may find the book amusing in a gross kind of way, but if they've seen the film, these illustrations aren't going to hold their interest. Libraries might want to consider purchase if the film's a holiday hit, but to be on the safe side, wait and see if the movie is big box office--and whether that translates into requests. Ilene Cooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

TIM BURTON was born and raised in Burbank, California. He attended the California Institute of Arts and soon after began a career as an animator at The Walt Disney Studios. He made his directing debut with the animated short, Vinvent. The film was a critical success and an award winner on the festival circuit. His celebrated films include Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Batman, Edward Scissorhands, Alice in Wonderland and Frankenweenie. His book of drawings and rhyming verse, The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy and Other Stories was praised by the New York Times for "conveying the pain of an adolescent outsider."

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Customer Reviews

We love the story and the illustrations are amazing.
Mariah
I bought this book as a gift for my daughter, as she loves the Nightmare Before Christmas movie.
Crafty Craft
A good book for someone who has kids that like the movie, and like to read or be read to.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14, 1997
Format: Hardcover
I bought a copy of this book a couple years back, only to find my young nephew (only 5 back then) reaching to look at it often when he visited. I've now decided to buy him his own copy of this book, while it's still in print, because I see this movie's "legend" continuing to grow as an annual Halloween classic. Such is the unique and wonderful world of Tim Burton; his style often does not catch on immediately, but it slowly finds its way beyond "cult" viewing and into the hearts and minds of mainstream audiences. This book features a generous offering of pre-production designs (including many of Burton's own drawings) and behind-the-scenes photos, which are fun to look at again and again. A beautifully illustrated book, and fun to own
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By ModernOrchid on December 21, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I was lucky to find this at Borders a couple of days ago. My 5 and 3 year olds love it and so do I! It is a shorter version of the movie, thus NO Sally, or Oogie Boogie in the plot. However, they do make an appearance as citizens of Halloween Town. It is in a rhyming verse and this adds to it's charm , one of my fave lines is

"He visted the house of Susie and Dave;

They got a Gumby and Pokey from the grave.

Then on to the home of little Jane Neeman;

She got a baby doll possessed by a demon.""

There is also a spooky parody of "T'was the night before christmas" and Zero as Rudolph, of course. I look forward to reading this book at bedtime or anytime because it is such fun!
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 7, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Although this book is aimed toward the younger readers, it is the original poem of the Nightmare Before Christmas, so no matter if you are a Burton fan or study literature, this is an essential item to add to that collectio
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Puddin' Tane on January 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This book is Tim Burton's original version of this story. It is different from the film of the same title. It is basically a long poem, not unlike "The Night Before Christmas" as teh title suggests. The drawings are superb, the story excellently witty, and it is a must have for all 'Nightmare Before Christmas' movie fans, and Tim Burton fans alike. As I say it does differ from the movie, I can't say it is better because it is much more brief and less detailed, but it is by no means worse- just different. A cute, fun story all around! I recommend it highly.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful By N. Nikolai on April 25, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Hmm, where do I begin... I LOVE JACK SKELLINGTON first off, and this book is SOO COOL! And yes, you can probably tell I'm a teenage girl so far... but yeah, I read this book when I was really little (same with watching the movie) and at first it scared the crap outta me (hey, I was little). But when I got older, I started to realize that this thing kicked @$$. It made me laugh, made me smile, made me cry a little, everything! Best holiday book ever! It's not really a little kid book, but it's not too scary either. The scariest part about it are the drawings, just cuz they're so abnormal. Also... if you haven't seen the movie, make sure you do. But all in all, this is probably my favorite book. GOOD JOB TIM!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 11, 1997
Format: Paperback
This version of Tim Burton's touching story is a delight to read again and again. The vivid words and lines of poetry are exciting, as well as the drawings that show the early version of this story. Any "Nightmare" fan will fall in love with this book!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Matthews on November 9, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have loved this movie ever since it came out in 1993. Now I am a teacher and I share this story with my students every Halloween/ Christmas. The students love the plot of the story and the original drawings by Tim Burton are fantastic. If you love the movie, then you need to add this book to your collection. Tim Burton is a creative genius and this is a classic and different Holiday story.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 1996
Format: Hardcover
How can I, as of this date, be the only one remotely interested in writing a review for books that have to do with the genius, Tim Burton??? Ya' know what? I'm not even going to review this one- I reviewed Burton on Burton... I'm going to simply say that I treasure Mr.Burton's work, and this book is to other books what 'Nightmare' is to other movies- a rare, marvelous treat that should not be missed. Journey with the lonesome Jack Skellington and discover a portion of Tim Burton's marvelous imagination. I get the feeling that if he were'nt such a successful filmmaker, he'd be the new Dr. Seuss
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