Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Night Before Christmas

An illustrated adaptation of the classic poem that ventures outside the usual scenario.

The Night Before Christmas written by Clement C. Moore and illustrated by Jan Brett is a new take on the timeless tale.

Everyone is familiar with versions of this poem that depict the silent encounter between the narrator and St. Nicholas before the Christmas tree.  In Brett's imagining, these scenes play out in the margins as we are treated to two stowaway elves taking the sleigh for a joyride.  A bustle of activity is packed into the pages as a tabby cat and a pug get sucked into the hijinks.  The Old World style of illustration keeps things from getting too cartoony, making this an enjoyable holiday read for all ages.  A bonus DVD narrated by Jim Dale with music by Boston Pops is included.  (I was not able to review the DVD.)

The Night Before Christmas is published by Putnam Juvenile and retails for $20.00 (hardcover).  I read my copy by picking it up from the shelves for a few minutes.  You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!

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