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Night Before Christmas, The Hardcover – September 17, 1999

4.4 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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"'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."

Generations of children have thrilled to these words as their favorite holiday grows near. Clement C. Moore wrote this account of a man's encounter with St. Nicholas in 1822 to entertain his children. Since then, his charming descriptions have become the definitive portrait of Santa Claus, from his twinkling eyes to his droll little mouth to the belly that shakes like a "bowlful of jelly." In this edition, award-winning illustrator Bruce Whatley brings Moore's well-loved Christmas classic to life with his vivid pictures and unusual perspectives. Readers can practically look up Dasher and Dancer's noses at one point, in a near-3-D close-up image of Santa's flock of reindeer.

Bright colors and clever details (one remaining leaf hangs from a tree outside the window, mice curl tightly together in a nest on a high shelf, reindeer peek mischievously over the rooftop at the unsuspecting narrator...) make this a holiday book the whole family will return to year after year. (Ages 3 to 10) --Emilie Coulter

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Firelight, moonglow and shadow flicker throughout Whatley's (Whatley's Quest) interpretation of this holiday chestnut. The protagonist here is adult, residing in a New England hamlet; his home is filled with details seemingly from earlier this century. The book exudes a gee-whiz excitement, but the manic expressions of Santa and his reindeer take the idea of wide-eyed wonder a tad too far, breaking an otherwise magical mood. And the significance of the gift Santa winkingly hands the narrator (a cowboy toy that apparently evokes his boyhood) may befuddle younger readers. All ages. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: HarperColl; 1st edition (September 17, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060266082
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060266080
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 11.2 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #924,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
A wonderfully illustrated version of the magical story by Clement Moore. This book is a must have for every family during the holiday season. I have memorized my version and will recite to my 22 grandchildren on Christmas Eve. Happy holidays and love to all.
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I was looking for a copy of "Twas the Night Before Christmas" for my son's first christmas. As a child, I remember reading the story every christmas eve and wanted to start this tradition with my own family. There are so many versions out there, I didn't much care which one I got as long as the pictures were nice. I decided on this version because it is a board book which will be much easier for chubby little fingers to grab, and more durable than thin paper pages.

This version is illustrated by Bruce Whately (some of the other reviews listed seem to be referring to a Mary Englebreit version). Bruce Whately's illustrations are absolutely wonderful! They are so realistic looking - you expect the reindeer to literally jump off the page! The pictures are drawn as if they were filmed from a camera - some arial shots, close ups, and the facial expressions on Santa and the reindeer are precious. As soon as the book came in the mail, and I saw the illustration on the cover, I was drawn to look inside. I stood there at the front door and looked at every page. I knew I couldn't wait until christmas eve to share this with my son. I read it to him that very night. Now I notice that, each time I read the story I see different details I had missed the previous time. I have so much fun pointing out all the little details to my son that sometimes we just look at pictures and don't even read the story (notice the sleeping mom and baby mouse on the first page!)

I immediately went on line and purchased Whatey's "Here Comes Santa Clause". I can't wait to get it and see more of his wonderful work!
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We have an inexpensive paperback version (see our reviews) of this classic poem, and we said that's enough for us. That was before we looked through this beautifully illustrated (by Bruce Whatley) edition of The Night Before Christmas.
The lyrics are the same, from book to book, but the fanciful illustrations in this one are enough to engage adults and children as they read this book together.
The perfect gift for any family whose Christmas tradition includes reading this classic!
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I first purchased this book in 1999. Because of a cat with a bad attitude I had to replace it. The poem is timeless, and the illustrations by Bruce Whatley are terrific. They really make the book come to life. It sits in a stand in our Christmas village every year, and it's a tradition to read it aloud on Christmas Eve. There are many versions of this poem available, but I think that this one is the best of all!
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I own several copies of this classic poem, and this little book both compells me and disturbs me. The father who tells the story meets Santa, who presents him with a miniature cowboy, obviously something he had wanted as a boy. The father's story is shown to be very cute. What stands out, of course, are the illustrations. They are dramatic in the artist's sharp use of perspective and close-ups, the reindeer looking spirited and excited. I must admit to being a little bothered by at least two of the pictures of Santa, which give him a kind of lunatic, wild-eyed glare. The eyes just look a little too manic. On the whole I like it, but still prefer my copy from my own childhood, which is still with me after all these many years.
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By A Customer on December 6, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The illustrations in this book are spectacular! Any child or adult would be captivated by the imagery within the pages of this timeless tale. This book brings Santa Claus and his eight tiny reindeer to life, through vibrant color and creativity.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to bring back the memories of childhood or make new family traditions by reading this poem to their little ones.
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The pictures in this book are a little strange and not the best for a little child. One page with Santa on it is very scary in my opinion and my 2 yr old always wants me to quickly turn it when we get to it.
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These illustrations are the best ever for The Night Before Christmas...Stunning even! A worthy heirloom Christmas Book. The illustrations cover both sides of the page for a large panoramic view seldom seen in other books...
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