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The Resource The night before Christmas, by Clement C. Moore ; illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson

The night before Christmas, by Clement C. Moore ; illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson

Label
The night before Christmas
Title
The night before Christmas
Statement of responsibility
by Clement C. Moore ; illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The classic poem of Saint Nicholas' visit on Christmas Eve
Tone
Illustration
Review
  • PreS Up –Watson presents a modern, hip, and playful version of the classic poem with Santa cruising in a rocket-ship-style sleigh into an ordinary American ’50s town, dressed like a biplane aviator. Multicultural elves, including one with dreadlocks and carrying a boom box and another in an Asian jacket carrying an origami paper crane, decorate the text side of each spread. Watson’s imaginative style, dynamic composition, and use of perspective are stunning and exciting, and call to mind Chris Van Allsburg’s work. His use of blue hues in the realistic tempera-and-watercolor paintings makes one feel the chill of the night, while bright, warm patterns convey the coziness of three children snuggled in bed under their traditional American quilt. An additional bonus is the appended tongue-in-cheek interview between St. Nick and Watson where readers learn about how Santa got his reindeer and his customized Polaris sleigh. This imaginative version will be great for booktalks, storytime, and bedtime.–Maureen Wade, Los Angeles Public Library --Maureen Wade (Reviewed October 1, 2006) (School Library Journal, vol 52, issue 10, p99)
  • A smiling Santa in goggles and aviator helmet speeds up the Christmas Eve delivery system with updated transportation from his "Far Northair" sleigh. This futuristic-looking vehicle still uses eight reindeer, but additional propulsion is controlled through sophisticated equipment in the covered cockpit (including a built-in beverage maker with choices from hot chocolate to borsht). This interpretation of Moore's classic poem finds Santa making a delivery to a household with three children in a traditional, suburban neighborhood. The father of the family springs out of bed in a panic in one dramatic spread, with his hand seeming to stretch right off the page toward the reader. A diverse crew of helpers joins Santa on his Christmas Eve flight, with costumed elves from many countries and ethnic groups helping to unload the toys and clean the soot off Santa's red cape, furry pants and pointed boots. Elves and toys decorate the endpapers and also appear as spot illustrations at the end of the poem's verses, which are attractively framed with bold, red borders on alternating spreads. An "interview" of St. Nick by illustrator Watson concludes the volume. (Picture book. 3-7) (Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2006)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
150898
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1779-1863
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Moore, Clement Clarke
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • -1
  • 12
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Watson, Richard Jesse
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Santa Claus
  • Christmas
  • Children's poetry, American
Label
The night before Christmas, by Clement C. Moore ; illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson
Instantiates
Publication
Dimensions
27 cm.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9780060757441
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2005028663
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o61879648
  • (OCoLC)61879648
Label
The night before Christmas, by Clement C. Moore ; illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson
Publication
Dimensions
27 cm.
Extent
1 v. (unpaged)
Isbn
9780060757441
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2005028663
Other physical details
col. ill.
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o61879648
  • (OCoLC)61879648

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