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'Twas the Night Before Christmas Hardcover – September 26, 2005
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Copyright 1985 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
I know these are picky points and the pictures are cute with a Disney-esque style, but there are hundreds of versions of this wonderful, classic poem. Don't waste your purchase on this one. Even if it is free.
When I saw this book for free today I was so excited. When I saw the quality of Illustrations I squealed. This is one of my favorite Christmas Stories, and my High School Choir would sing it. Then I realized that it had been cut.
Stabbed by the censorship police. I do not proscribe to the thought that ideas that are no longer acceptable or are becoming unacceptable should be ripped from the bookshelves. If I did, I wouldn't own any Mark Twain, or some Agatha Christie. The authors of their times wrote with the ethos of their time, whether it has changed or not does not matter. They took their inspiration and put it to pen. We should respect that and their talent. A Santa Claus with a pipe will not cause millions of children to run out and take up the bowl.
So while I praise the artistry which I found amazing. In fact a couple of the pictures I thought I could just walk into. I cannot approve of censorship in any form.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love reading this book to my boys on Christmas Eve. My 4 year old was captured by the pictures and kept stopping me to ask about things he did not recognize. Read morePublished 14 days ago by sailbrisc
I really liked the pictures inside the book. The cover pic I don't like too much, but it's still a good story for kids.Published 17 days ago by Kong Willmon
I enjoyed reading this book to my boys. The illustrations were vividly done with so much lovely colours and cute characters.Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
Reading this book during the holidays has become a family tradition. The creative Pop Ups still "WOW" all.Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
Beautiful drawings to accompany a classic tale. I started reading this to my son every Christmas Eve since his second Christmas and adore this book! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lena M.
Love the story, love the illustrations. Our last "The Night Before Christmas" walked away, so this is a nice replacement!Published 1 month ago by D & D Butler