Synopsis from Candlewick Press:
Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house . . .
P.J. Lynch brings his rich and atmospheric art to the well-loved holiday poem. Children will pore over every cozy detail in these warm, sweeping watercolor illustrations—from snug mice to stockings hung by the chimney with care to toys in the bundle flung over merry St. Nicholas’s back. A glowing interpretation of a favorite read-aloud, this is a keepsake volume to cherish and return to year after year.
The classic Christmas verse in an elegant new gift edition—breathtakingly illustrated by P.J. Lynch.
About: ‘T Was the Night Before Christmas is a children’s classic holiday story written by Clement C. Moore and illustrated by P.J. Lynch. It was rereleased on November 2021 by Candlewick Press, hardcover, 32 pages. The genres are picture book, holidays, classic, and poetry. This book is intended for readers ages 3 to 7, grades P to 2. According to the publisher’s website, Candlewick Press is committed to making the world a better place, not just through the books they publish but also in the way they work. Click HERE to learn about their green initiatives and their commitment to improving life in the community. Please see below for more information about the author, illustrator, and publisher.
My Experience: I started reading ‘T Was the Night Before Christmas on 11/30/2021 for my two year old daughter’s bedtime and we finished it that same night. I read it again for her on 1/9/2022. A fantastic book! I loved the familiar of the poem right from the start. It’s no wonder this book is a classic. I rarely read poems but I do love to read the poems in this book. It flows so eloquently. It’s my daughter’s first year to understand Christmas and Santa so the descriptions of Santa in this book were excellent. I loved the story of Santa’s travel and the names of his reindeers. It’s great for children to know how Santa visit each house on Christmas Eve even when they will never see it happen in real life. This book provided just the perfect glimpse.
This book opened up to the view of snow covered house and yard from above. The story began with the night before Christmas when everyone was sleeping and all throughout the house were quiet. An illustration of the family were sleeping in separate rooms across the hall. Their living room were decorated with stockings by the fireplace and a Christmas tree filled with ornaments with a plate of treats for Santa on a table nearby. The story told in the first person point of view of who must be the dad. He heard a noise coming from outside and got up to look out of the window. He saw St. Nick riding the sleigh pulled by 8 reindeers. He heard Santa called out to the reindeers by name: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen. The dad heard the reindeers landed on his roof and he ran downstairs to glimpse St. Nick stood by the fireplace covered in soot and ashes with a bag full of gifts. This classic story was told in a poetry format.
‘T Was the Night Before Christmas was well written and illustrated. The illustrations were excellent to look through. My toddler loved how the siblings slept together. It’s different from this story that the dad would be the one to get excited to see Santa when most of the time we believed the children would be the ones waiting up for Santa. I loved the last illustration when the dad in his nightgown holding on to the burning candle waved Santa goodbye. The scene of the fluffy white snow of the neighborhood, the starry sky, the full moon, and the snow man also waved goodbye were beautiful. Definitely a book to be reread every Christmas. I highly recommend everyone to read this book!
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author and Illustrator:
Clement Clarke Moore (1779–1863) was an American academic and poet who is best known for the poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” now more commonly referred to as “ ’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” (Info obtained from Candlewick’s website, two book pictures obtained from Edelweiss).
P.J. Lynch is the author-illustrator of The Haunted Lake and The Boy Who Fell Off the Mayflower, or John Howland’s Good Fortune. Meticulous research informs all of his illustration work, and his acclaimed picture books include The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, and When Jessie Came Across the Sea by Amy Hest. Among many honors and awards, P.J. Lynch has received the Kate Greenaway Medal twice and the Christopher Medal three times. He lives in Dublin, Ireland. (Info obtained from Candlewick’s website).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Candlewick Press for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.