Publishers Weekly, 2006-09-25
Spirin's (The Tale of the Firebird) luxurious watercolor-and-colored pencil compositions whisk readers to what looks like a snowy New England village in the 1800s for his graceful reimagining of Moore's poem. He renders every chimney, windowpane and bare tree branch with crisp style and care; Saint Nick is effortlessly jolly, donning blue boots with his traditional red fur garb. Each passage opens with a tiny spot illustration, accompanied by a vertical border piece on the side, shaped like a grandfather clock or a bookmark and depicting some village scenery. Youngsters will be pleased that the artist breaks with tradition, casting the narrator as a boy (instead of the father). An edition sure to be cherished, especially by Spirin fans and art lovers. All ages. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2001-09-24
Moore's chestnut is given fresh-roasted flavor via Jaramillo's (Peter Pan) inventive framework. In a note to the reader, Jaramillo claims to have discovered a collection of photos from 1901. That "antique" family album shown here in grainy, glowingly lit sepia just happens to depict the same series of events found in Moore's famous verse and even captures St. Nick in the flesh. Jaramillo's happy "hoax" an intriguing blend of photography and computer effects may well create some new believers in Christmas magic. All ages. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2011-09-26
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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly, 2009-10-26
Employing her trademark aesthetic, Isadora sets Moore's classic poem in Africa-her Santa Claus wears bright leopard-print pants and has gray dreadlocks. Mama's "kerchief" is a pink floral do-rag and the narrator is dressed in African attire, as he springs from bed to see the silhouette of Santa's sleigh (the reindeer are adorned with decorative beads) race across the sparse, snowy terrain. The gifts Santa pulls from his bag include a sock monkey, a zebra and three colorful dolls. The dynamic visuals offer a refreshing and original vision of this familiar verse. Ages 4-8. (Oct.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-10-22
The Mary Engelbreit Gift Set arrives fully loaded with the well-loved illustrator's The Night Before Christmas, an audio CD read by Jim Dale and a keepsake ornament. The last, a cheerful disc, features a mouse asleep in a teacup, not even thinking of stirring. (HarperCollins, $25 ages 3-8 40p ISBN 9780-06-136495-2; Oct.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-09-26
Lisbeth Zwerger envisions the children all snug in their bed with a Victorian backdrop and a Santa who alights on city townhouses in The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-09-22
Anita Lobel's 1984 rendering of Clement C. Moore's The Night Before Christmas is reissued in a small, hand-size hardcover edition. The New York City setting-inspired by Lobel's former home in Brooklyn-supplies a unique urban appeal. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.