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Twas the Night Before Christmas (Illustrated) [Kindle Edition]

Clement C. Moore , Jessie Willcox Smith , Jessie Willcox Smith
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,304 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The famous:
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse The stockings were hung by the chimney with care In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there...

Editorial Reviews Review

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

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.

Product Details

  • File Size: 572 KB
  • Print Length: 32 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Amazon Children's Publishing (December 1, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0030ZRWLC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,813 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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140 of 148 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Night Before Christmas, Ruth Sanderson Illustrator December 16, 2004
I purchased the hardcover edition for my 2 year old daughter. The Illustrations are absoulutely beautiful. The only problem I have with it is that it is not the original poem by Moore. It has been censored, yes, censored. The 2 lines "The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath." have been removed! I understand that smoking is no longer a "PC" thing in this day and age, but when you are purchasing a classic poem, one you remember from your childhood, you expect to get the actual poem. I was disappointed that this fact had not been noted in the product description. I guess it's a little 1984ish to me, to start censoring a book and not inform the consumer.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh My! November 8, 2007
I collect Night Before Christmas books. I found this one a few days ago at a children's store. It is so incredibly beautiful. It has silhouettes, cut-outs, and ends with an insanely beautiful pop-up. I love kids but this is not a book for children -- it is a masterpiece - a work of art -- read it to your kids but then save it for yourself!
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101 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating Pop-Up Book! November 20, 2002
"The Night Before Christmas," is Mr. Sabuda's pop-up version of Clement Clarke Moore's classic tale of Santa's visit on Christmas Eve. The phrasing has been altered; still the story is the same, except mice play the human roles. It is a delightful rendition that will appeal to both the young and old alike.
Different from any other pop-up book I've seen, the backgrounds in Mr. Sabuda's books are generally solid in nature with white pop-up's that are often accented with color. This makes a wonderful contrast of positive and negative space that is unusual, and unexpected yet, striking. In this book, the artist has added more color to the pop-ups than in his earlier holiday works. Creatively conceived, the detailed execution of the pop-ups is what REALLY captures the viewer's attention, and carries this book. They are SO fantastic I have to continually remind myself it is only paper. For instance, when Santa calls out to the reindeer, "No, Dasher! Now, Dancer! Now, Prancer and Vixen! . . ." all eight reindeer literally fly off the page in sleigh formation with Santa trailing behind. It's brilliant! In addition, the finale is gorgeous! It is nearly an all-white scene with Santa in his sleigh, bidding adieu to a quaint little neighborhood down below. The backdrop displays a snow-capped mountain with a pull-tab that allows the viewer to draw Santa and his reindeer across the sky, "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a goodnight."
"The Night Before Christmas," is a hardbound book that measures 8 ¼" x 8 ¼" x 1 ½". Highly imaginative, both conceptually and artistically this book will make a valued addition to any Christmas collection. CAREFUL, young one's will be mesmerized by the pop-up action, and will want to grab. Probably best for children four-years and up.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely beautiful book November 11, 2003
By John
Couldn't recommend this edition highly enough. The illustrations are beautiful and bring the magic of Christmas to life for both young and old. It truly is an heirloom edition made all the more special by the brass christmas stocking bookmark.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This version is a treasure far beyond the words. March 6, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My son is five and already an authority on Santa. We looked inside many books on The Night Before Christmas and he simply did not get into the pictures. Then we found this version illustrated by an artist who must have Santa in his heart. My son loves the full-page images of Santa and all the smaller images he calls "picture windows". He enjoys telling the story in his own words as he looks at each picture. I love the way the illustrations focus on evoking key sensations that add to the heart of the story. Thank you Mr. Tom Browning. You have made this story a treasure far beyond the words!
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a treasure September 14, 2004
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this book as a gift, and now that I've seen it, I'm going to order more. The classic story is made even better by the beautiful fabric-feel cover, cozy illustrations, and the yellow ribbon bookmark with a stocking on the end. You won't be disappointed.
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62 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Beautiful Book January 2, 2002
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Gorgeous...that is the best word to describe this book.
Christian Birmingham's illustrations create the pictures of the story that we all have in our heads...but alas, cannot paint ourselves.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A treadure September 15, 2002
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A got started on collecting pop-up books when I encountered a book by Robert Sabuda called "Twelve days of Christmas". It was an astounding book, quite unusual in that it was mostly white. The engineering was amazing. That book led me to buy and collect pop books of which Robert Sabuda's books occupy a high place indeed. His work stands out due to its complexity and yet has the ability to surprise and delight. Each popup in this book is nigh near what is impossible to do out of paper and yet he has done it. The last scene with the little village spread out in a snowy wonderland is a treasure. I will have to buy an another book, just so I can put one away and have one to look at admire and play.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Christmas Story
Great 'Night Before Christmas' board book. Simplified story, not religious, to read to children of all ages. Read more
Published 3 hours ago by MarkieWoz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautiful book! Love ME books. This is a Christmas gift for a new grandchild
Published 18 hours ago by iowa shopper
4.0 out of 5 stars classic but no pictures
It's the classic story but there are no pictures for the kids to look at. But maybe that's better since it requires them to use their imagination.
Published 19 hours ago by todorojo
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was nice. I just wish it had pictures.
Published 23 hours ago by Sabrina Deus
2.0 out of 5 stars Received a defective book
It's a beautiful book, but the one we received is defective and won't record correctly. We would return it, but have already written in it. Read more
Published 1 day ago by April E. Sykes
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this exquisite little book
Love this exquisite little book! The cut out work is amazing. Fans of the poem of all ages will like this.
Published 1 day ago by C. Leighton
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
My all time favorite classic Christmas story!
Published 1 day ago by jennifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book for kids
Published 1 day ago by cprossa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent story and pictures.
Published 2 days ago by Regina M. Light
5.0 out of 5 stars Twas the Night Before Christmas
This book gave me a Christmas feeling.I love this book.Santa Claus us a jolly old fellow.What a great man too.
Published 2 days ago by jailynn
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More About the Author

Clement Clarke Moore was a professor of religion and the author of several scholarly works. What he is most remembered for, however, is his poem "An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas," later called "The Night Before Christmas," and written as a Christmas gift for his six children.

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