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THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS

Author: Clement C. Moore

Illustrator: Barbara Reid

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Publisher: Albert Whitman and Company, 2014

Material: hard cover

Summary: In this version of Clement Moore's famous 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, it is the mice who are the featured characters. Lifelike illustrations guide readers through this classic Christmas story.

Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, playtime reading, anytime reading, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 8; read yourself: 8 and Up

Interest Level: 2 to 10

Reading Level: 2.8

Age of Child: Shared with a 12-year-old girl.

Young Reader Reaction: The first thing our daughter noticed was the shooting star on the end paper. For her, the book was all about the illustrations and the re-purposing of objects for the miniature home of the Mouse family.

Adult Reader Reaction: How cute! The illustrations are amazing, and I had fun with my daughter exploring all of the objects that found new life in the Mous family home. I also loved that the whole family saw Santa, not just Papa.

Pros: Even readers who know the story will enjoy exploring the illustrations in this Christmas classic.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Borrow, at least. If you don't have a family copy of this book, definitely consider buying this one.

If You Liked This Book, Try: A PIRATE'S NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS   RUNAWAY DREIDEL!   THE NIGHT BEFORE THANKSGIVING ... THE LEGEND OF THE CHRISTMAS ELVES

Educational Themes: This is a story to enjoy sharing together. Take time to explore the images and discover how many "human" things the mice use in their home.

Notes: The publisher donated a copy of this book knowing that we would consider it for review and provide an independent, unbiased profile. This book will be given to a nonprofit to help readers in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal stories, Christmas, holiday

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2014

Other Reviews: See Critics' Reviews and reader feedback at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.




                 

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