'Twas the night before Christmas A visit fom St. Nicholas

Clement Clarke Moore, 1779-1863

Book - 2021

"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." -- Amazon.com.

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Subjects
Genres
Christmas stories
Stories in rhyme
Christmas fiction
Picture books
Illustrated works
Published
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press 2021.
Edition
First US edition
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 29 cm
ISBN
9781536222852
1536222852
Main Author
Clement Clarke Moore, 1779-1863 (author)
Other Authors
Patrick James Lynch (artist)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" by Clement C. Moore gains a richly illustrated new edition by Lynch, featuring a slumbering white family in atmospheric, angle-varying spreads. Detail-rich classical art, rendered in watercolor and gouache, maintains muted tones; meanwhile, Lynch offers a gently entertaining seek-and-find element, including visuals such as a sleeping cat among the furniture, and several breathless spreads convey a sense of wonder ideal for the season. As Santa himself, portrayed with light skin, approaches, the intricately rendered sets brighten at his presence, highlighted by a buttery glow. Leaving Moore's text untouched, the book doesn't add anything novel to the poem's shelf of picture book renderings, but for traditionalists seeking a timeless option—particularly to present to first-time readers—Lynch's dreamy illustrations of the Christmas classic will surely gratify. Ages 3–7. (Sept.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr2—While every holiday season births myriad renditions of 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, readers are in for a treat with Lynch's contribution to Moore's "A Visit from St. Nicholas" canon. The text is faithful to the original poem, following the patriarch of a small family as he witnesses Santa delivering gifts in the wee hours of Christmas morning. Lynch's supple watercolor and gouache illustrations are perfect for the tale's snowy, northern setting. The illustrator plays extensively with color and perspective, creating dramatic and intriguing compositions. A light haze hangs over the pages, providing a visual chill, and small details invite readers in for a closer look. Each page is thoughtfully and artfully arranged. While there's nothing particularly new in the content, the presentation is certainly fantastic. The humans (and humanoid toys) are depicted as white and rosy-pink with the cold. VERDICT Perhaps not new, but certainly beautiful. A worthy addition to holiday shelves.—Taylor Worley, Springfield P.L., OR Copyright 2021 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Gorgeous watercolor illustrations breathe new life into the classic holiday poem, in this glowing interpretation of a favorite read-aloud. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The classic Christmas verse in an elegant new gift edition—breathtakingly illustrated by P.J. Lynch. ‘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.