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The Night Before Christmas Illustrated by Robert Ingpen
Published by Sterling Children’s Books
Pages:  48
Ages: 3-7

Publishers Summary: Let the holiday magic begin!
Stockings hung by the chimney with care. Visions of sugarplums dancing. And that jolly old elf, St. Nick, with his eight tiny reindeer.  That can mean only one thing: it’s The Night Before Christmas! From popular children’s illustrator Robert Ingpen comes a beautiful new interpretation of the classic holiday poem. Ingpen’s stunning pictures capture all the warmth, wonder, and humor of Clement C. Moore’s beloved verse.

Mom’s Two Cents: “A beautiful classic retelling of a timeless story. The Night Before Christmas Illustrated by Robert Ingpen is the type of book that has you yearning for a warm mug of cocoa, a plate of freshly baked cookies and a cuddly blanket. Perfect for the season and especially for lovers of the classic tellings of Christmas stories. This is definitely one to share Christmas Eve with the family gathered around ready for dear old St. Nick to make his appearance.”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 4 and up. Perfect for that snuggly night before Christmas and lovers of classic Christmas stories.

Twas the Night Before Christmas by Celment C. Moore and Illustrated by Kat Whelan
Published by Tiger Tales Books
Pages:  24
Ages: 3-7

Publishers Summary: “Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. . . .” Well, maybe one mouse. Santa Mouse has just landed on the Mouse family’s roof! A holiday tradition begins with Clement C. Moore’s beloved Christmas poem, now starring an adorable family of mice. This special edition features durable cardstock pages, as well as glitter spots on every page to create a magical mood. Sparkly lights and candles appear to glow in the cozy interior scenes, while outside, stars twinkle against a night sky. A festive read-aloud to share every holiday season!

Mom’s Two Cents: “Have you ever imagined Santa to be something else? Perhaps a mouse? That would definitely change the story line for ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas wouldn’t it?

“This is a delightful story, especially for little ones. Often kiddos can become easily bored with the classics and need something a little extra to keep their interests peaked. Well, this retelling of the classic Clement C. Moore story is the perfect combination! A silly mouse playing Santa and glitter on every page keeps their attention all while staying true to the beloved story of dear old St. Nick. Parents and children alike will love reading this new take on an old tale!

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 2 and up. A fantastic combination of silliness with the classic telling of St.Nick’s appearance Christmas Eve. This is a story for both young and old to enjoy!

4 Responses to Mini-Book Reviews: The Night Before Christmas

  1. I love these! And the first one is so cute I want to pinch his nose 🙂

  2. Gina says:

    Have I said I love that cover? I do I do! The first one that is, although the second..is that a mouse? How adorable! Great picks for the holidays…and perfectly timed reviews as usual. ^_^

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