Cover image for The night before Christmas
The night before Christmas
Moore, Clement Clarke, 1779-1863.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2001.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 28 cm
A newly illustrated version of the well-known poem about an important Christmas visitor.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.3 0.5 45419.
Personal Subject:
Added Author:
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
PS2429.M5 N5 2001 Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday
PS2429.M5 N5 2001 Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday
PS2429.M5 N5 2001 Juvenile Current Holiday Item Open Shelf

On Order



Christmas gets even merrier with 30 ready-to-color drawings of children "nestled all snug in their beds," good ol' St. Nick as a roly-poly bear, and more. 25 festive stickers add to the holiday cheer.

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. The classic Christmas poem about that jolly old St. Nicholas has been illustrated countless times. There is no "real" edition, with most adults accepting the version they read in childhood as the proper one. This new edition combines the original poem with illustrations from a number of different books, which range in date from 1890 to 1928. The quality of the reproductions is generally very good, and the illustrators include the famous--Arthur Rackham, Jessie Willcox Smith, and Thomas Nast--as well as the venerable Unknown. A list at the back of the book provides names and dates for each picture. Young children may find it baffling or even disturbing to see Santa's image change from page to page, but slightly older ones as well as adults will delight in the varying depictions of the events of Christmas Eve. (Reviewed October 1, 1998)0811817121Susan Dove Lempke

Publisher's Weekly Review

Caparo follows Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Rudolph Shines Again with a handsome interpretation of Moore's classic holiday poem that brings it into the present day. In an urban neighborhood of townhouses, it's a scruffy-haired young dad in a cardigan who leaps out of bed and, after putting on dark-framed eyeglasses, spots Santa soaring overhead. The text of the poem is unchanged, which means that Caparo supplies this Santa with a pipe to smoke (he also gives him a pair of red, Converse-style high tops in lieu of boots). Along with the contemporary details Caparo brings to this retelling, the antics of the family's pets (and a pair of mice) add to the fun. The modern family that features in Caparo's sumptuous, lifelike images may help some readers connect to the sometimes-remote language of the original-he successfully gives this poem a fresh and stylish spin while reaffirming its timelessness. Ages 4-7. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Moore's beloved Christmas poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" receives new treatment from illustrator Caparo. The house is quiet and everyone sound asleep when the father of the family wakes to a commotion and runs to investigate. Lo and behold, St. Nick and his retinue of reindeer are on the roof. Santa pops down the chimney, stuffs stockings as he puffs on a pipe, and exits via chimney as quickly as he arrived, exclaiming, "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!" Caparo's digital paintings capture the nighttime stillness of the house in plums and yellows; the winter landscape is rendered in icy blues and swirling snow. The action is driven by the father, agape with wonder, his bright-eyed Jack Russell terrier, and Santa, of course. St. Nick's arrival with Blitzen et al. is the dramatic highlight, and Santa's footwear gets an update with jaunty red high-tops. This is a solid, though not particularly inventive take, on a Christmas classic that has been reinterpreted ad infinitum. Young readers will appreciate the lush illustrations and Santa's cheeky jollity. VERDICT An additional purchase for libraries in need of fresh holiday content.-Shanna Kim, Los Angeles Public Library © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.