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The Night Before Christmas

Clement C. Moore; Illustrator-Scott Gustafson

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ISBN 10: 0394548094 / ISBN 13: 9780394548098
Published by Knopf, 1985
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Title: The Night Before Christmas

Publisher: Knopf

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Used: Good

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Illustrated in full color. 'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house not a creature was stirring not even a mouse... This elegant edition of the classic Christmas poem by Clement C. Moore, with exquisitely rendered paintings by Scott Gustafson, is one that children and adults will look forward to sharing year after year.  


Whose tiny faces are peeking out from Santa's golden sleigh? Yikes! It's two of Santa's elves who are Christmas Eve stowaways. Beloved illustrator Jan Brett's version of The Night Before Christmas lets these two mischievous elves add their rambunctious spirit to this familiar 1823 rhyming story. Here, Santa and his reindeer land on the snowy roof of a Victorian mansion in New England. While Santa delivers the toys inside, the elves and the reindeer frolic around the lawn, as a pig (earmarked for a girl named Jan) and a few alphabet blocks spill out of sacks into the snow. Santa swiftly reins in the mischief-makers and "away they all flew like the down on a thistle." Brett's richly illustrated borders are lavishly decorated with antique toys, ornaments, and sweet treats, all surrounded with twisting golden ribbons. They also give us a window on the mansion's inhabitants, including the children watching Santa's departure in awe. A sugarplum of a Christmas story, just right for a reading before "a long winter's nap." (Click to see a sample spread. Illustrations ©1998 by Jan Brett. Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons, a division of Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers.) (Ages 3 to 6) --Marcie Bovetz

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