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The night before Christmas : a goblin tale
Moore, Clement Clarke, 1779-1863.
Publication Information:
New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, [2003]

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
An illustrated version of the poem about the annual visit of Santa, in which the characters are depicted as goblins.
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PS2429.M5 N5 2003 Juvenile Current Holiday Item Childrens Area-Holiday
PS2429.M5 N5 2003 Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday

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Did you know that goblins celebrate Christmas too? In this rambunctious, funny take on the time-honored holiday poem by Clement C. Moore, a feisty family of goblins is bursting with anticipation for, that's right, Santa's yearly visit. Only in this home the visions of sugarplums look suspiciously like sugarbeetles, and that's not the only thing that's different. In gleeful, glowing illustrations, Jacqueline Rogers perfectly captures the Christmas spirit of the classic poem while adding plenty of her own visual mischief. Children both naughty and nice will chuckle at this portrait of a most unusual Christmas Eve! Illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers.

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 2

Publisher's Weekly Review

According to Rogers's (Tiptoe into Kindergarten) visual interpretation, goblins celebrate Christmas much like humans do. In this inventive outing, Moore's much-loved poem serves as tame backdrop for the action in Rogers's vividly imagined acrylic paintings. Saint Nicholas arrives at a friendly goblin family's underground home and receives a hearty welcome from the large, boisterous brood. After some playful roughhousing, Santa fills the clan's array of three-toed stockings and politely declines a plate of bug-chip cookies before heading back into the night. Kids, especially those already familiar with Moore's verse, will have a blast poring over the dank, mossy-but somehow cozy-environs of Rogers's fuzzy-pated, bulbous-eyed creations. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-By changing the setting to a goblin family's den, Rogers breathes fresh life into this classic poem without altering a single word. In a mossy and snake-infested den, the jolly and familiar old man is set upon by bulgy-eyed, exuberant little creatures. Without losing his twinkle, St. Nick and his alarmed elves go about their work and then whisk back up the chimney, inadvertently taking the naughty goblins with them. Unfazed, Santa takes care of the hitchhikers "ere he drove out of sight-." The delectably detailed illustrations and the monstrously ill-behaved but adorable little goblins ensure that kids will clamor for this subversive version of the old chestnut again and again.-E. M. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.