The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore
A Magical Cut-Paper Edition

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Delicate cut-paper illustrations let readers peek ahead to the next scene in this elegant edition of a classic poem evoking the anticipation of Christmas Eve.

Clement C. Moore’s "Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas," first published in 1825, spurred a revision of Yuletide traditions with its image of a merry Santa Claus beloved by children around the world. Now a cut-paper edition of the poem, with exquisite illustrations by Niroot Puttapipat, elicits the magic of the season through moonlit silhouettes. With scenes that transform with the turn of each page, revealing the fine details and decorations of a festive family home, this keepsake edition features a final pop-up spread that captures all the excitement of a special night.
 

About Clement C. Moore

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Clement C. Moore was born in 1779 in New York City and went on to become a philanthropist and professor of theology and ancient languages. He was the father of nine children, for whom he often wrote poetry. Niroot Puttapipat grew up in Thailand, the grandson of a Thai princess. He has had a lifelong interest in art and literature and is the illustrator of THE MUSICIANS OF BREMEN. He now lives in London.
 
Published September 25, 2007 by Candlewick. 24 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A diverse crew of helpers joins Santa on his Christmas Eve flight, with costumed elves from many countries and ethnic groups helping to unload the toys and clean the soot off Santa’s red cape, furry pants and pointed boots.

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Brett (The Hat, 1997, etc.) glorifies an old-fashioned Christmas in her lavish and detailed edition of the classic poem.

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Rand (Gloria Rand's Prince William, 1992, etc.) illustrates the text in period style, from the father's Victorian sideburns and nightcap to the round-bellied, red-suited St. Nick.

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The large format using heavy paper includes a window on several pages, each offering a glimpse into the next spread, as well as a flap on the first spread that allows the family’s Victorian home to open up like a doll house.

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A clever note to readers from Santa on the back cover flap explains the excision of the smoking text and also affirms in a humorous way that Santa’s costume uses only fake fur out of respect for “my dear friends the artic polar bears.” The illustrations are greeting-card pretty, with an old-fashi...

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This edition manages the feat through the combination of Puybaret’s deeply saturated, jewel-toned acrylics and the accompanying CD, which features the spoken-word narration of the late Mary Travers, with musical accompaniment from Peter Yarrow and Noel Paul Stookey, a sung version from Stookey an...

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Most illustrated versions of the classic Christmas poem depict a jolly St. Nicholas and a Victorian household full of cozy charm and sugarplum delights.

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The poem is stretched across eight pages (easily navigable using a tap- and tilt-sensitive scene-selection filmstrip), each one sporting a simple, warm illustration that includes one or more interactions.

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Moreover, side activities include a drag-and-drop “Snowman Dress-Up” and two other games, plus three coloring pages, three short but lively sing-along videos and a “Grown-Up’s Corner” with discussion questions.

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A most unusual title page sets the magical tone for this distinctive interpretation of Moore’s classic Christmas poem.

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Exquisite illustrations, impeccable design and a snowy, surprising conclusion add up to a memorable interpretation of the beloved Christmas poem.

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Intricate and elegant cut-paper designs enliven Moore's poem with black silhouetted figures, peek-through pages and one glorious pop-up at the end. Readers will be captivated by the striking c

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A 1937 edition of The Night Before Christmas with illustrations by Reginald Birch is now available in a miniature, stocking-stuffer edition.

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A 1937 edition of The Night Before Christmas with illustrations by Reginald Birch is now available in a miniature, stocking-stuffer edition.

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Spiffy acrylic paintings of a wintry urban landscape dotted with tangy candy-colored buildings give the classic poem some modern zip.

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Like Whatley (see above), Tudor also whisks readers to New England, this time to a quiet spot in early-19th-century Vermont.

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In this prepossessing volume, a series of paintings completed by Grandma Moses in 1960 accompanies Moore's classic holiday poem.

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Black-and-white transforms to color once again in the Magic Window title The Night Before Christmas by Clement C.

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Santore has illustrated many classic stories, including Snow White, The Wizard of Oz, and The Little Mermaid, and he now brings to life Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas” in characteristically elegant and detail-rich paintings.

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Examiner

It is hard to imagine the Christmas Season without at least one reading of this treasured holiday classic.

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Summary: Clement Clarke Moore's famous Christmas poem is retold in an African setting, both keeping the warm familiarity and adding a fresh layer of interest to proceedings.

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We all know how deadly smoking is and how bad it is for those who smoke and for the people who are exposed to second hand smoke.

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Common Sense Media

Here, it is packaged with what the publishers call AniMotion technology: Many of the pages feature a full-color image that appears to move beneath a black-striped layer of acetate.

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Anita Lobel's 1984 rendering of Clement C.

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The Belsnickel comes across as a friendly guy, despite his reputation, while the droopy-eyed cows are sure to produce some giggles.

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Shelf Awareness

Also, for the entire family, Tomie de Paola’s Joy to the World: Christmas Stories and Songs (Putnam/Penguin, 9780399255366) collects in one glorious volume (with gold-foil endpapers) three of dePaola's previously published Yuletide picture books (The Night of Las Posadas, The Story of the Three W...

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