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Title:
The night before Christmas
Author:
Moore, Clement Clarke, 1779-1863.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown and Co., [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
32 unnumbered pages : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
Presents the well-known poem about an important Christmas visitor.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.3 0.5 45419.
Personal Subject:
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ISBN:
9780316855792
Format :
Book

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Summary

Clement C. Moore's beloved poem about Santa's arrival on Christmas Eve has been illustrated by hundreds of artists since its first publication in 1823.Two collectors of antique children's books have selected a variety of these charming pictures from Arthur Rackham, Jessie Willcox Smith, Thomas Nast, and other renowned children's illustrators of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Most of the images are from versions of the poem; a few are from antique postcards or magazines. Source notes for all the illustrations are included. Santa is dressed differently by each artist, but he is always "chubby and plump--a right jolly old elf" who brings joy to all good little girls and boys. This attractive edition of The Night Before Christmas will be enjoyed most by collectors of children's books or lovers of things Victorian. Youngsters who are already familiar with the poem will delight in comparing the different old-fashioned Santas and the children of long ago "nestled all snug in their beds." A charming holiday gift to leave under the tree on Christmas Eve for anyone who believes in the magic of Santa Claus. (Ages 5 to adult) --Marcie Bovetz


Author Notes

Poet and Educator Clement Moore was born on July 15, 1770 in New York City, and was later educated at Columbia College.

Moore was a biblical scholar and professor at the Episcopal General Theological Seminary.

Moore is best known for his poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas", better known in more modern times as "Twas the Night Before Christmas". In 2013 this same title became a New York Times High Profile Title.

Clement Moore died in Newport, Rhode Island on July 10, 1863.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 3-6. According to the jacket illustration, Watson sets her stage in a small, present-day New England village, complete with outdoor Christmas lights and minivans; but once inside the cozy house, there's little to separate the poem from its nineteenth-century origins. Book design is clean and spacious, with generous white space around the text and the watercolor artwork. The familiar charm of Watson's style emerges through her crisp, black outlining, harmonious use of color, and the buoyant good humor of her little rounded characters. Let those who doubt the illustrator's realism compare the spotless perfection of households in other picture-book versions of the poem with this home's ingenuous disarray of abandoned wrapping paper, ribbons, socks, and holiday projects. Mildly humorous, but true to the text, this edition provides a pleasant alternative vision of the beloved poem, certainly a contrast to Harness' interpretation. ~--Carolyn Phelan


Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS Up‘A very pretty but essentially traditional rendering of the familiar holiday poem. Warm colors dominate the palette with golden browns that glow in the interior scenes and cool blues for the snow and night sky. Although the scenes are beautiful, the people are stiff, with hard faces and uncomfortable positions; even the sleeping children don't look restful. There are so many other versions of the poem available with their own marks of graphic originality, such as Ted Rand's illustrated version (North-South, 1995) or The Grandma Moses Night Before Christmas (Random, 1991), that they make this an unnecessary purchase. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.