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Title:
The night before Christmas

A classic collectible pop-up

Classic collectible pop-up.
Title:
The night before Christmas
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Edition:
First edition
Publisher Info:
New York, NY : Little Simon, c2002.
Physical Description:
1 volumes (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 cm.
Series:
A classic collectible pop-up

Classic collectible pop-up.
General Note:
Cover title.
Abstract:
The well-known poem about an important Christmas visitor is brought to life in a festive pop-up edition.

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Summary

Summary

Everyone knows the famous words: "'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house . . ." Clement C. Moore's famous poem was written in 1822 and has been a holiday classic ever since.


Author Notes

Sabuda was born in Pinckney, Michigan on March 8, 1965. He was skilled as an artist from a very young age, and he attended the Pratt Institute in New York City. His specific interest in 3-D paper engineering---pop-up books---was sparked by a book he received as a gift.

Since 1994 Sabuda has published at least one pop-up book annually. These books are typically childrens' classics like The Twelve Days of Christmas, Mother Goose, The Wizard of Oz, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, The Night Before Christmas and, most recently, Beauty and the Beast.

Sabuda works from his studio in New York City. His 2010 title Beauty and The Beast made The New York Times BestSeller List for 2010.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

K Up-Ingenious paper engineering sets off the well-known poem to fresh advantage in this arresting presentation. With his signature use of white paper and flaps revealing movable parts and pop-ups, Sabuda offers surprises on every page. A mouse watches the big hand of a clock strike midnight, the team of reindeer plunges dramatically toward readers, Santa's feet are seen springing up from the fireplace an instant before his head emerges from the chimney. In the final scene, an entire village, all in white, stands up on the page and, with the pull of a tab, Santa's sleigh streaks across a starlit sky. As with The Christmas Alphabet (Orchard, 1994), clever techniques, original design, and a unique graphic style set this work apart from most movable books. Due to its fragile nature, libraries may wish to keep it for displays, storytimes, and as an example of the pop-up at its most striking, rather than for circulation.-S. P. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Those wishing to give the holiday some gleeful pop need look no further than Sabuda's (The 12 Days of Christmas; The Christmas Alphabet) latest marvel of intricate paper engineering. In a slight twist, a tiny mouse family, tucked in and dreaming of shimmering sweets, wakens to sleigh-and-reindeer clatter. In Sabuda's signature style, a rainbow of solid-colored panels comprises the backgrounds, giving contrast to the white (save for St. Nick's suit) three-dimensional constructions. The pop-up of Santa's reindeer dramatically leaping toward readers is a stunner. All ages. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Booklist Review

PreS^-Gr. 3. To say that this is the most impressive of Sabuda's pop-up books is saying a lot. He always provides intricate paperwork that makes readers "Ooh" and "Aah" as they turn the pages. But using the backdrop of the traditional Christmas poem, Sabuda here attains new heights--and delights. There are so many things to look at: the pinwheels of sugar plums dancing around the heads of the mice children who populate this family; the fat, round Santa who joyously pops out, a gift in his hand. Perhaps most impressive is the pop-up of the reindeer prancing out of the center spread, face first. The final village scene, with houses here and there and a tiny cutout of Santa and the reindeer traversing the night sky, also vies for designation of the most memorable. The mostly white paperwork shows up beautifully against the pure colors of the pages, another fine element of the design. Because of the intricacies, libraries may want to reserve this as a storytelling choice; it's festive and fabulous. --Ilene Cooper