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Roger Duvoisin's The night before Christmas
Moore, Clement Clarke, 1779-1863, author.
Publication Information:
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2014]
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 34 cm
A well-known poem about an important Christmas Eve visitor.
General Note:
"Originally published by Garden City Books in 1954"--Colophon.
Reading Level:
AD 940 Lexile.
Personal Subject:

Format :


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PS2429.M5 N5 1954 Juvenile Current Holiday Item Childrens Area-Holiday

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Rediscover a Christmas treasure--unavailable for decades--from beloved Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Roger Duvoisin.

With glorious illustrations by Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Roger Duvoisin, this edition of Clement C. Moore's "The Night Before Christmas" is a perfect holiday read-aloud for families. And with a tall, narrow size, it's also just right for tucking into a Christmas stocking, making it a wonderful holiday gift.

Author Notes

Roger Duvoisin was born in Geneva, Switzerland on August 28, 1904. Before becoming a children's book illustrator, he designed and painted murals, theatrical scenery, and posters as well as worked in the fashion industry. He immigrated with wife Louise Fatio to the United States in 1925.

He created more than 40 books and illustrated more than 140 children's books. He created several animal characters including Petunia the foolish goose, Veronica the hippo, Crocus the crocodile, Jasmine the cow, Donkey-Donkey and Hector-Penguin. He also illustrated the Happy Lion series written by his wife.

He received several awards for his works including the Caldecott Award for White Snow Bright Snow written by Alvin Tresselt in 1948 and the Caldecott Honor Award for Hide and Seek Fog also written by Tresselt in 1966. He also received the Society of Illustrators Award, the Rutgers Award, the Silver Medallion of the University of Southern Mississippi and the Kerlan Award from the University of Minnesota. He died on June 30, 1980.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

First published in 1954, this interpretation of Moore's holiday poem by the late Caldecott Medalist Duvoisin returns to print in a handsome edition sure to charm new generations of readers. The picture book's tall, skinny trim size is as eye-catching as the vivid primary color scheme of Duvoisin's art, as he follows a stout and abundantly bearded Santa down the brick chimney of the narrator's home. The illustrator's fans may notice that the stuffed yellow lion among Santa's gifts bears a notable resemblance to Louise Fatio's The Happy Lion, which Duvoisin illustrated the same year. All ages. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.