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The Night Before Christmas Hardcover – October 22, 2013

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PreS-Gr 3-An elegant, almost Art Deco sensibility and a multitude of viewpoints make this version of the holiday classic stand out. Hobbie uses transparent watercolor, pen and ink, and gouache on watercolor paper to good effect, with plenty of white space. Readers see the story from the perspective of a fox, Papa (sans nightcap), an enterprising toddler, and the pet cat, and a view from overhead. The illustrations will carry with a fairly large audience, but up-close inspection offers even more enjoyment, such as the matching astonishment on the faces of father and child, Santa's grandfatherly twinkle, even what looks like amusement on the faces of the reindeer. A brief biography of Moore and an artist's note are appended. A fine edition to freshen up holiday collections.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library α(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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In bed with three older siblings, a toddler awakens, looks out the window, and sees a flying sleigh. He makes his way downstairs, where he peeks around a chair to watch St. Nicholas at work. The watercolor, gouache, and ink illustrations glow with warmth, wonder, and beauty in cozy domestic scenes and moonlit landscapes. From the fine quality of the paper to the lovely printed cover beneath the book’s jacket, this handsome picture book shows meticulous attention to detail. An appended section offers some historical background on Moore and the poem, first published in 1823, while an artist’s note comments on Hobbie’s technique and her approach to the work. Though most libraries are well supplied with picture books illustrating Moore’s classic, this fresh yet traditional interpretation is a rewarding choice to share with children. Preschool-Grade 2. --Carolyn Phelan
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 940 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (October 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316070181
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316070188
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 0.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (350 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #442,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a wonderful version of The Night Before Christmas. Contrary to the other review, I was SO GLAD he is smoking a pipe in the book - this is a classic poem and I don't like the versions that take out the verse about the pipe to be politically correct. The ilustration is wonderful and I would recommend this book to anyone.
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This is the older version of The Night Before Christmas. It has the neat pictures in it that I remember when I was small and I am nearly 70 years old. It will be good to read to my great grandchildren.
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If you're looking for a great book to read to your child, friends child, or your grandchild on say....Christmas Eve...this would be the book. What I like is that the words are original and the book reminds me of when my own Dad read it to me!
If it's going to be a gift, I like the nice blank square on the inside of the front of the book where you can write a little something to the person or child you may be giving it to.
In my case, I wrote.... To my precious Grandson Judah, born this year, 2011 on September 26th, With all the Love you can imagine, from your Grandfather...

This book makes an awesome gift! Happy Shopping!
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The illustrations in this version are the best I have seen. Realistic down to the smallest details. The book is also quite sturdy and seems it will last for many years of traditional Christmas Eve readings and hold up to being passed down to our children to read to our grandchildren.
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By Annie on November 16, 2012
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I loved the illustrations. My mom use to recite this to me as a child from memory. My main reason for purchasing this book is to have a copy of the original classic with the part of St. Nick and pipe.
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This was a gift for my grandson's first Christmas- My daughter in law said it was the most beautiful book and she loved having it to read year after year - I haven't seen it yet but the reviews of Amazon buyers was as usual outstanding so i am sure i made the right choice. I wanted classic and beautiful illustrations and didn't want the original story i grew up with messed with and it seems this book was the one to fit all my criteria - thanks to all the people who take the time to write these reviews - I can't wait to see it myself and bring me back to my childhood - pipe and all -
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I love, love, love this book! The pictures are so wonderful, and I personally like that it is the classic story. My son loves it too, he is really into it when we read it.
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I thought the book was a masterpiece on it's own, but this gift set enhances our holiday Christmas Eve reading of this delightful poem. There are three wonderful, solid, and hand painted ornaments within the set (and they arrived in a package that we can keep the ornaments safe year-in and year-out.) Each of the ornaments depicts a scenes from within the book so they compliment the store completely. Our children enjoyed hanging these on the tree this year. We have three sons and each one was able to decorate the tree with their personal favorite ornament. I'm sending my sisters copies for their families. I know they'll appreciate the sets immensely. I highly recommend this collection.
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