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The Night Before Christmas Pop-up Hardcover – October 1, 2002
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The ingenious Robert Sabuda returns for yet another inspired pop-up book, a follow-up to The 12 Days of Christmas and The Christmas Alphabet, that retells Clement Clarke Moore's classic yuletide rhyme.
Sabuda remains a master of the medium, constructing a series of varied and well-engineered scenes: Santa pops in and out of the chimney, beds fold out, a window shade rises and falls, and, in a clever nod to Moore's not-a-creature-was-stirring text, it's a family of mice who are receiving Santa's nighttime visit. A pull-out tab even lets readers interact, when Santa's sleigh glides out on the clouds and over an intricately realized village. It's hard to pick a favorite scene here, but you can bet that kids will love the book's pop de résistance, in which Santa's lead reindeer nearly fly right up your nose (if they don't knock you out of your chair first).
The book's first-rate production and lively pop-ups are enough to recommend it, but Sabuda goes one better by showing the thoughtful restraint to make most of the pop-ups almost entirely white. A few accents of color catch your eye (Santa's red suit and silver pipe), but--as befits such a dynamic book--the visual focus stays on the action. (All ages) --Paul Hughes
From Publishers Weekly
Those wishing to give the holiday some gleeful pop need look no further than Sabuda's (The 12 Days of Christmas; The Christmas Alphabet) latest marvel of intricate paper engineering. In a slight twist, a tiny mouse family, tucked in and dreaming of shimmering sweets, wakens to sleigh-and-reindeer clatter. In Sabuda's signature style, a rainbow of solid-colored panels comprises the backgrounds, giving contrast to the white (save for St. Nick's suit) three-dimensional constructions. The pop-up of Santa's reindeer dramatically leaping toward readers is a stunner. All ages.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Initially, I felt worried because the full-page colour illustrations had a sort of old watercolour feel to them that I thought would disappoint my son. I wanted bolder colours and better definition, and I kept squinting to try to discern more detail. The book actually turned out to be a real wonderland of thrills for him, as he was able to discern nametags on the reindeer, and would scream out the names as he read them, and match their names to Santa's chant of "On Dasher, On Dancer,..." etc.
Also, the book is hardcover so it will last a long time, the print is large and easy to read which makes it well suited to young ones who want to read on their own or along with an adult. I have revised my rating of this book to reflect how pleased I am, because my son transported me to a happy, magical place every night leading up to Christmas with his reading of this lovely book.
The illustrations are AMAZING, INCREDIBLE, and they speak Santa like nothing I have ever seen. The artists ability to encompass the spirit of Christmas with his paint strokes is riveting and makes me yearn for December every time I even glance at the book cover on my book shelf.
The way the book is pieced together is also done beautifully. Each page is not overcome with the story line as to shorten the total number of pages in the book. Each page has a short paragraph that is written large enough to read in a dim light room such as in front of a fireplace and also large enough so that it can be easily read from upside down (father reading it to his kids sitting below him on the floor)
This book made my Christmas knowing that this year when we do our family tradition of reading The Night Before Christmas it will be with a book that signifies the beauty of the story unlike any other we have ever read.
Antique toys and exquisite ornaments frame the borders in which sometimes the father, St. Nick, or the family cat and dog look on, as the story unfolds.
A unique and beautiful edition to be cherished for years to come by all the family, especially the youngest, who find the night before Christmas perhaps the most exciting night of the year
I don't know how this glitch happened (when you click the book on the order page, it immediately shows the cover of the J. Hirashima illustrated book, despite showing the James Marshall version.
Someone at Amazon needs to get on this ball and correct this error. It's annoying and I want my James Marshall!!! I don't think that's asking too much (and I had originally ordered this version NOVEMBER 18, 2016. It's now 12/11/16. So much for Christmas gifts.
In the immortal words of Ricky Ricardo, someone's got "a lot of 'splainin to do."
Disgruntled book lover.
I carried on the tradition with my 3 sons and now have a grandson I want to carry it on with.