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The Night Before the Night Before Christmas Paperback – September 23, 2002

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Kindergarten-Grade 3-In this contemporary send-up of Clement C. Moore's poem, a family overwhelmed by holiday preparations comes to realize that "Christmas is about love./And we have quite enough." Energetic, exaggerated cartoon illustrations accompany the lengthy, unevenly rhymed text, which scans awkwardly and does not easily lend itself to sharing aloud. Readers searching for the true meaning of Christmas will want to look elsewhere.-S. P.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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This story combines all the crazy things that families go through to get ready for Christmas. I just hope they never happen to you! But it's fun to laugh at the silliness that holiday stress puts us through. So have a good laugh. And share this book with a friend.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: The Night Before
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap; 8/24/02 edition (September 23, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0448428725
  • ISBN-13: 978-0448428727
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (121 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,739 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on December 5, 2003
Format: Paperback
I am an English teacher and a new mother and I love this book. The way it plays on the Clement Moore poem is so clever and well done. I also love the way it is humorous and fun, and yet has a sentimental and sweet ending and ties back to the original Christmas poem. I would recommend this book to all mothers and children who like to read together!
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This twist on Clement C. Moore's Christmas poem is one that parents can really identify with! It's about all the things that can and will go wrong during Christmas preparations, like burnt cookies. Yet the spirit of the holiday wins out. My daughter really likes this book and I think it is a pleasure to read to her. I don't agree with the editorial review that it, "...scans awkwardly and does not easily lend itself to sharing aloud." I love the illustrator's style too. It's a very cute and clever book that is worth having in your Christmas library.
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The old classic Christmas poem, "The Night Before Christmas" is probably one of the most repeated and parodied works ever. The different versions of this poem must number into the hundreds; if not the thousands. I can remember that a group of us wrote our own version when I was in high school which was based on a "Beatnik" theme and included some very good illustrations which alas, was not appreciated one little bit by the folks who ran the school and the local PTA. (Hey, it was their loss).

Anyway, this little book is yet another and I have to tell you right now that I love this little version.

"Twas the night before the night before Christmas,
with too much to do.
Our tree wasn't up yet,
and Mom had the flu."

Let me state right now that the art work in this one is comical in nature and an absolute delight. The artist, Mike Lester has captured the spirit of this little verse and the circumstances perfectly.

"Dad tied the tree to our car.
`This will just have to do.'
Mom nodded glumly
and sneezed, `Ah-ah0CHOOO!'

We dragged in our tree
through the front door.
It dropped half its needles
all over the floor."

I think one of the reasons that this book is so appealing is that there is much truth on each page and children are able to identify with it instantly. I dare say that the sort of situations addressed here are played out in numerous households, to one extent or another, throughout the country each year.

"When he plugged in the cord,
not a single light lit.
Did we have extra bulbs?
Yes...but none of them fit."

When all is finall ready, the family enters their home only to find that the family cat has pretty well destroyed tree, decorations and all.
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My daughters teacher gave this book to each of the students for Christmas ... I had never heard of it before.

This was the most requested Christmas book, it had to be read at least five times a night - and the whole family had reading time at once (a rarity)! We laughed so much every time it was read.

Cleverly written, great illustration. This book is about everything that needs to be done before Christmas morning; how wrong things can go; and simply being together.

A new holiday classic for my family!
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By A Customer on December 2, 2002
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This is both my daughter's and my favorite Christmas book. We read it every night. It rhymes, is funny and has beautiful illustrations.
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...this is their favorite Christmas story.

As a housewarming gift, I picked up a pair of Christmas books for my friends' children last year. This year, their mother again thanked me for "The Night Before the Night Before Christmas." It had become her kindergartener's and pre-schooler's favorite. In fact, it was the only story the pre-schooler wanted to hear.

For fun, I ordered myself a copy. It is now my favorite too. Following the cadences of "The Night Before Christmas," readers are invited along to witness a typical, loving family's Christmas challenges. Page after page of endearing illustrations will enchant readers of all ages. Not even the most dedicated Grinch can resist.

Don't wait another year to pick up this great story.
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I absolutely adore this story! It captures everything that the Spirit of Christmas is about through a little girl's (wide) eyes. I will have this book forever!
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We read this during December as we do with lots of Christmas stories!
This one is simple to read, rhymes and keeps my daughter's attention.
It is a great reminder for adults that the month is crazy hectic, but don't forget the reason we do it all.
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