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. His is a very traditional vision, as he brings readers inside a stately colonial home, tastefully appointed with wreaths, garlands, and stockings. In a particularly nice bit of design, when the narrator "Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash," readers can do the same, opening a double-page gatefold that reveals a quiet village blanketed by snow—and a sleigh silhouetted against the moon. It's a gorgeous interpretation of a beloved holiday classic. All ages. (Oct.) [Page ]. Copyright 2011 PWxyz LLC
Presents an illustrated version of the well-known poem about an important Christmas visitor.Review by Publisher Summary 2
A keepsake edition of the classic holiday poem is complemented by a lavish gatefold spread and combines a faithful reproduction of Clement C. Moore's familiar verses with nostalgic illustrations by the renowned illustrator of The Wizard of Oz and Aesop's Fables.Review by Publisher Summary 3
Here is the wonderful new version of the classic poem every family should own. This edition of The Night Before Christmas is lavishly illustrated by renowned, New York Times #1 Bestselling artist Charles Santore, the critically-acclaimed illustrator of multiple classic tales, including The Wizard of Oz, Snow White and The Little Mermaid. This is a hardcover edition of the classic The Night Before Christmas, featuring a four-page gatefold and an embossed and foil-stamped cover.First published anonymously in a New York Newspaper called the Troy Sentinel on December 23, 1823, under the title 'A Visit from St. Nicholas.' Clement Clark Moore has long been credited as the author of this beloved yuletide poem, but literary scholar Don Foster now believes that the true writer was in fact a poet of Dutch heritage named Henry Livingston Jr. Livingston had passed away by the time Moore claimed authorship of the poem years later. In 1844, Moore published 'A Visit from St. Nicholas' in an anthology of his own poetry, but Livingston's family has always insisted that Moore is not the true author. However, even if Livingston's family had never spoken up, Moore's authorship rings a bit false. The structure of the poem is very different from anything else Moore had written, but the style and imagery do match Livingston's writing. Most compelling of all are the Dutch references in the poem, including several reindeer names, such as 'Donder' (meaning 'thunder') and 'Blixem' (meaning 'lightning'). These names were anglicized in later editions to the now-famous 'Donner," and 'Blitzen.' As a nod to Livingston's claim on the poem, we have left the original Dutch name 'Donder' in our edition.The work of New York Times bestselling children's book illustrator Charles Santore has been widely exhibited in museums and celebrated with recognitions such as the prestigious Hamilton King Award, the Society of Illustrators Award of Excellence, and the Original Art 2000 Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators. He is best known for his luminous interpretations of classic children's stories, including The Night Before Christmas, The Little Mermaid, Snow White, The Velveteen Rabbit, and The Wizard of Oz.Review by Publisher Summary 4
The Night Before Christmas is an enchanting Christmas story that has brought Santa to life for generations, and here is the #1 New York Times bestselling edition of this classic poem.'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse These opening lines from the famous Christmas poem initially published anonymously as A Visit from Saint Nicholas, and credited as a work by Clement Clark Moore, have been inspiring kids and captivating their minds as they prepare for the coming Santa and his reindeer. Carry on a family tradition or start one of your own with this new version of the classic Christmas book for children and families. This edition includes: - A beautifully designed hardcover with an embossed foil-stamped cover - A large four-page foldout that helps immerse you in the story - Lavish illustrations by renowned, New York Times #1 Bestselling artist Charles Santore, the critically-acclaimed illustrator of multiple classic tales, including The Velveteen Rabbit, The Classic Tale of Peter Rabbit, and Aesop's Fables. - A nod to Dutch references in the poem, specifically the Dutch name "Donder" which translates to "thunder" The work of New York Times bestselling children’s book illustrator Charles Santore has been widely exhibited in museums and celebrated with recognitions such as the prestigious Hamilton King Award, the Society of Illustrators Award of Excellence, and the Original Art 2000 Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators. He is best known for his luminous interpretations of classic children’s stories, including The Little Mermaid, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Snow White, and The Wizard of Oz.