The Night Before Christmas
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Clement Moore, illus. by Tomie dePaola
ISBN 9780823422845
Holiday House, 2010.
4 ½ stars
Keywords: clement-moore night-before-christmas

The Night Before Christmas
by Clement Moore, illus. by Tomie dePaola

Here are some tidings of great joy: Tomie dePaola’s classic rendition of Clement C. Moore’s poem is now in a board book edition! He sets this night of anticipation in a snow-covered 19th-century New England town. His homes resemble gingerbread houses. His characters look like plump, glistening cookies. He creates borders based on quilts from his own private collection, creating a feeling of little ones tucked into cozy, comfy beds for a long winter’s nap. dePaola takes to heart the description of Santa as a “right jolly old elf,” and the wee gent totes a sack with a toy soldier peering out. As the talk turns to sugar plums dancing in the heads of children who’ve surrendered the fight to stay up all night, littlest hands can follow along in these generously proportioned durable pages. Tomie dePaola is the ideal artist for this Christmas read-aloud standard.

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 Wise Kings, and The Legend of the Poinsettia) plus his illustrations for five favorite Christmas carols (complete with music).

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