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Title:
The night before Christmas : and nine best-loved carols

Troll illustrated classics

Troll illustrated classics.
Title:
The night before Christmas : and nine best-loved carols
Publisher Info:
Mahwah, NJ : Troll Associates, c1988.
Physical Description:
48 pages : color illustrations, music ; 29 cm.
Series:
Troll illustrated classics

Troll illustrated classics.
Abstract:
A well-known poem about an important Christmas visitor.
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Summary

Summary

Gennady Spirin's classic illustrations convey the magic of St. Nick's visit, from the shadows cast by his sleigh and eight reindeer on a snowy, moonlit roof to the twinkling eyes and rosy cheeks of his friendly face. "The Night Before Christmas" will bring joy to all those who read it at Christmastime.


Summary

Gennady Spirin's classic illustrations convey the magic of St. Nick's visit, from the shadows cast by his sleigh and eight reindeer on a snowy, moonlit roof to the twinkling eyes and rosy cheeks of his friendly face. "The Night Before Christmas" will bring joy to all those who read it at Christmastime.


Reviews 6

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Moore's beloved Christmas poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" receives new treatment from illustrator Caparo. The house is quiet and everyone sound asleep when the father of the family wakes to a commotion and runs to investigate. Lo and behold, St. Nick and his retinue of reindeer are on the roof. Santa pops down the chimney, stuffs stockings as he puffs on a pipe, and exits via chimney as quickly as he arrived, exclaiming, "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!" Caparo's digital paintings capture the nighttime stillness of the house in plums and yellows; the winter landscape is rendered in icy blues and swirling snow. The action is driven by the father, agape with wonder, his bright-eyed Jack Russell terrier, and Santa, of course. St. Nick's arrival with Blitzen et al. is the dramatic highlight, and Santa's footwear gets an update with jaunty red high-tops. This is a solid, though not particularly inventive take, on a Christmas classic that has been reinterpreted ad infinitum. Young readers will appreciate the lush illustrations and Santa's cheeky jollity. VERDICT An additional purchase for libraries in need of fresh holiday content.-Shanna Kim, Los Angeles Public Library © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Caparo follows Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Rudolph Shines Again with a handsome interpretation of Moore's classic holiday poem that brings it into the present day. In an urban neighborhood of townhouses, it's a scruffy-haired young dad in a cardigan who leaps out of bed and, after putting on dark-framed eyeglasses, spots Santa soaring overhead. The text of the poem is unchanged, which means that Caparo supplies this Santa with a pipe to smoke (he also gives him a pair of red, Converse-style high tops in lieu of boots). Along with the contemporary details Caparo brings to this retelling, the antics of the family's pets (and a pair of mice) add to the fun. The modern family that features in Caparo's sumptuous, lifelike images may help some readers connect to the sometimes-remote language of the original-he successfully gives this poem a fresh and stylish spin while reaffirming its timelessness. Ages 4-7. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

Ages 3-6. The classic Christmas poem about that jolly old St. Nicholas has been illustrated countless times. There is no "real" edition, with most adults accepting the version they read in childhood as the proper one. This new edition combines the original poem with illustrations from a number of different books, which range in date from 1890 to 1928. The quality of the reproductions is generally very good, and the illustrators include the famous--Arthur Rackham, Jessie Willcox Smith, and Thomas Nast--as well as the venerable Unknown. A list at the back of the book provides names and dates for each picture. Young children may find it baffling or even disturbing to see Santa's image change from page to page, but slightly older ones as well as adults will delight in the varying depictions of the events of Christmas Eve. (Reviewed October 1, 1998)0811817121Susan Dove Lempke


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-Moore's beloved Christmas poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" receives new treatment from illustrator Caparo. The house is quiet and everyone sound asleep when the father of the family wakes to a commotion and runs to investigate. Lo and behold, St. Nick and his retinue of reindeer are on the roof. Santa pops down the chimney, stuffs stockings as he puffs on a pipe, and exits via chimney as quickly as he arrived, exclaiming, "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night!" Caparo's digital paintings capture the nighttime stillness of the house in plums and yellows; the winter landscape is rendered in icy blues and swirling snow. The action is driven by the father, agape with wonder, his bright-eyed Jack Russell terrier, and Santa, of course. St. Nick's arrival with Blitzen et al. is the dramatic highlight, and Santa's footwear gets an update with jaunty red high-tops. This is a solid, though not particularly inventive take, on a Christmas classic that has been reinterpreted ad infinitum. Young readers will appreciate the lush illustrations and Santa's cheeky jollity. VERDICT An additional purchase for libraries in need of fresh holiday content.-Shanna Kim, Los Angeles Public Library © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Caparo follows Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Rudolph Shines Again with a handsome interpretation of Moore's classic holiday poem that brings it into the present day. In an urban neighborhood of townhouses, it's a scruffy-haired young dad in a cardigan who leaps out of bed and, after putting on dark-framed eyeglasses, spots Santa soaring overhead. The text of the poem is unchanged, which means that Caparo supplies this Santa with a pipe to smoke (he also gives him a pair of red, Converse-style high tops in lieu of boots). Along with the contemporary details Caparo brings to this retelling, the antics of the family's pets (and a pair of mice) add to the fun. The modern family that features in Caparo's sumptuous, lifelike images may help some readers connect to the sometimes-remote language of the original-he successfully gives this poem a fresh and stylish spin while reaffirming its timelessness. Ages 4-7. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

Ages 3-6. The classic Christmas poem about that jolly old St. Nicholas has been illustrated countless times. There is no "real" edition, with most adults accepting the version they read in childhood as the proper one. This new edition combines the original poem with illustrations from a number of different books, which range in date from 1890 to 1928. The quality of the reproductions is generally very good, and the illustrators include the famous--Arthur Rackham, Jessie Willcox Smith, and Thomas Nast--as well as the venerable Unknown. A list at the back of the book provides names and dates for each picture. Young children may find it baffling or even disturbing to see Santa's image change from page to page, but slightly older ones as well as adults will delight in the varying depictions of the events of Christmas Eve. (Reviewed October 1, 1998)0811817121Susan Dove Lempke