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Title:
The night before Christmas
Author:
Moore, Clement Clarke, 1779-1863, author.
Publication Information:
Chicago, Illinois : Albert Whitman & Company, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
Summary:
"Barbara Reid reimagines everyone's favorite Christmas poem in her own extraordinary style, featuring a lively cast of young creatures anticipating the most exciting night of the year! The classic poem is brought to life by her signature Plasticine illustrations, full of humor and astonishing detail, making this a Christmas treasure to read year after year"--
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780807556252
Format :
Book

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Barbara Reid reimagines everyone's favorite Christmas poem in her own extraordinary style, featuring a lively cast of young creatures anticipating the most exciting night of the year! The classic poem is brought to life by her signature Plasticine illustrations, full of humor and astonishing detail, making this a Christmas treasure to read year after year.


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

In this distinctive picture-book version of Moore's A Visit from St. Nicholas, the poem may be traditional, but the interpretation is lively and amusing. The story begins visually on the title page, where several boisterous little mice frolic with outsize stockings before hanging them above the fireplace. As the pages are turned, the charming setting is revealed: the mouse family's inventively furnished home, which is snow-covered outside but warm and cozy indoors. An accomplished artist in Plasticine modeling clay, Reid creates a series of playful illustrations that are richly colored and nicely composed. Observant children will enjoy finding the many intriguing details within the pictures. First published in Canada, this is an imaginative, childlike interpretation of a holiday favorite.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2014 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Never mind that shelves are jammed with versions of this classic: make room for Reid's (Picture a Tree) innovative interpretation, distinguished by her trademark Plasticine artwork and a generous supply of humor. Reid turns Moore's verse on its head, revealing a mouse who is very much stirring-it stares out at readers in alarm, caught in the act of sneaking a cookie from a bowl. This isn't the only mouse awake, either: its siblings are scrambling to hang their stockings by the fireplace. The discrepancy between the familiar words and fresh visuals provides ample humor as the mice resist bedtime, rather than nestling "all snug in their beds." Tableaux-style scenes let readers view antics on both stories of the mice's log house, and Reid's artistry results in detailed scenarios with uncommon dimension and texture. Ages 4-7. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-In this take on the classic poem, mice are not only stirring, they make up all the characters--from the narrator, a patriarch of a large, rambunctious family, to St. Nicholas himself. With her signature Plasticine illustrations that give off a textured claymation effect, Reid also deviates from the quiet Christmas Eve approach of past versions. As expected from a litter of eight plus two infant mice, there is a underlying sense of activity and energy. For example, the visions of sugarplums dancing over the children's heads are actual fruit being tossed from one top bunk to another, and no one really sleeps until St. Nicholas has done his job. Children will relate to this sense of holiday excitement and anticipation.-Joanna K. Fabicon, Los Angeles Public Library (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.