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Twas the Night Before Christmas “A Visit from St. Nicholas”: Christmas Classic Library Paperback – November 8, 2012
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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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
What Tavares's (Zachary's Ball) monochrome art for this famous poem may lack in seasonal palette, it more than makes up for in authenticity. The artist pays homage to the original text, incorporating the spellings and phrasings of 1823, the year in which the verse first appeared in a Troy, N.Y., newspaper. Stark yet lushly textured pencil drawings, recalling the work of Chris Van Allsburg, capture the mystery, surprise and anticipation of what many children consider the most magical night of the year. The finely wrought portraits and shadowy, snow-covered Victorian setting will enchant. Ages 5-up.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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There have been several versions of The Night AFTER Christmas, incidentally; and this is not the best or most entertaining of the lot, but it certainly opens the mind to reality, and the imagination to... well, read it for yourself and see.
I thought it would be nice to start a yearly tradition of reading this classic story on Christmas Eve.
We could have probably downloaded it for free, or borrowed a copy from the local library -- a rather good idea considering that every dollar counts these days -- but the "Animotion" was so appealing we thought it would be worth an actual purchase.
And we were right! There is a moving image on nearly every page, and each of them are fantastic. Our son is five years old and absolutely loved it. I recommend this version as worthy modern version of a timeless classic (the wording of the poem itself is unchanged as far as I know, the "update" is simply the technology that gives the images their life). The cover is lovely and the artwork, even the pages without the holo stuff, is quite beautiful. Very well done.
A wonderful book to read with your loved ones . . .
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Liked the little added verses.
I think it might be a little more enjoyable if you had the actual book.
The story is great, the pictures are awesome. On the kindle version, there is no way to make the print size larger like on many...Read more