The Night Before Christmas

ISBN: 0750026561
ISBN 13: 9780750026567
By: Clement C. Moore Jan Brett

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With over 600,000 copies sold, Jan Brett's New York Times bestselling edition of Clement Moore�s classic Christmas poem celebrates its tenth anniversary with a note from Jan and an exquisitely redesigned jacket with red foil trim, making this a delectable holiday treat. A new generation of readers will find Jan�s visual interpretation of this favorite poem, set in a snowy New England village, both familiar, as St. Nick visits a Victorian family, and surprising, with Jan�s addition of two stowaway elves from the North Pole.

Reader's Thoughts


First published in 1823, Clement C. Moore’s poem “The Night Before Christmas” continues to endear legions of young readers. In-print picture books of Moore’s work are plentiful, growing each year as illustrators’ pair their artwork with his classic lines. Mary Engelbreit’s edition does not disappoint. Her colorful, highly-detailed drawings finely capture to the nuances of the Christmas season. Every available space in the book is filled with illustrations. Mice, cats, and dogs meet Santa’s arrival with their human master, while sleeping children dream of what they will find under the Christmas tree the following morning. Fairies, elves, reindeer, and Santa beautifully illustrate the magic of the season. This much-beloved tale of holiday cheer merits a place in every library collection. Highly recommended!


Santa quit smoking!! No pipe! I got this as a free download for my kindle. Love the illustrations!!!


i'm not sure if this is the correct edition to review. the one i have is also illustrated by arthur rackham ♥, but it has this cover: which is much better than the one shown above. i'm not sure how to review this, because it's just the night before christmas, but since i feel compelled to review all the books i read ever, i am just putting it out there that this is a wonderful christmas present to receive, and reading it on christmas eve with a giant mug of cocoa is a pretty nice way to spend a few minutes.also - i love arthur rackham. merry merry!!


This is actually the first time I've read this book. Pathetic I know! We always just watched the cartoon with the little family of mice on tv. But this book is very good and I'm glad I took the time to read it this year! The perfect illustrations are added with each page of the story. A combination of whimsical animals and Santa with his sleigh and reindeer will greet young and old alike throughout Twas the Night Before Christmas. This will definitely became a book that is read every Christmas Eve now.

Chris Mills

“Perfect for children of all ages” it reads on the back cover, and even though I have heard it read hundreds of times, this old classic never fails to raise my Christmas spirit. This timeless poem about Santa’s arrival on Christmas Eve has been illustrated by many different artists since it was first published almost 190 years ago. The ‘aa-bb’ rhyming sequence is what makes the flow of the story and pace so exciting. I think this book would be a nice one to read to a key stage one class, although I'm sure older children would like it in the run up to Christmas.


This is a beautiful Christmas poem written by Clement Clarke Moore. I heard this on an audio book from gutenberg project and then also read the text from an e-book. The audiobook was in a sweet voice of a kid stopping and stumbling over some of the complex words. Brought up in a Hindu house and an environment where many religions live and thrive together, for me Christmas has always been when some people in my neighborhood sang songs in the night and then around midnight a fat guy dressed in all red goes on a visit from one christian house to the other. When this "Santa Claus" used to ride up the stairs heading to the home of a Christian family that lived right above our apartment i used to confront him. I stood there in awe of such huge man with my eyes ogling at his large belly. He gave me a warm handshake and fistful of chocolates before moving ahead. This being the nicest memory for me of Christmas apart from the desire of the Christmas cake that I used to fulfill by visiting my brothers Convent school and my then tution teacher who also happened to be christian. This all was much before I ever heard of evangelism and even after living happily with so many Christian families, how this word still makes sense to me I don't know. This is a nice poem to be read by everyone. And finally I know from where came the magical rhythmic words that I have heard umpteen times HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD-NIGHT!

Sarah Winters

A great Christmas book with very detailed pictures. It also has rhyming on each page that students would be able to identify. A great book that many children could read. I would recommend it for first to fourth graders.


This is amazing. When I saw this one the list of recommended reads for the Memoria Press Third Grade, I thought surely it is not necessary as I already have two other versions by other illustrations, more whimsical than this black and white. But then when I got it out at the library, boy did I discover a treasure. I will have to look for this one to buy. The first page has a little historical note about the original presentation of the Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas, now known to us as The Night Before Christmas. This is fabulous. The pictures are enchanting and almost pure magic. Even in black and white they are truly fascinating on their own especially with the kept tradition of the original wording, and original spelling. I'm enchanted and now know why this was the edition and version chosen. My library has a great condition copy, but I think we'll have to own this one.


Clement Clarke Moore’s The Night Before Christmas: A Victorian Version of the Christmas Classic is about the quiet-snowy night before Christmas in a New England home. The father of the family narrates the story and guides the reader on a charming journey throughout his night. The children were snuggled away in their beds meanwhile St. Nick and his reindeer delivered presents to all the good boys and girls. The Night Before Christmas: A Victorian Version of the Christmas Classic is a classic poem book. This poem is an example of narrative poetry because the poetry tells the story of what happened the night before Christmas. Additionally, this poem book has a soft gentle rhythm scheme which is another characteristic of a poem book. Furthermore, this book is a good text to use when students about poetry and rhymes. This is a great poem book for kindergartners, first, and second graders.


Descriptions of human sacrifice and the power of blood magic are commonplace throughout history, but one — Clement Clarke Moore’s ‘TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS — takes place on the eve of a holiday that most consider a time of joy, happiness and generosity. This makes a poem that would be unsettling in any circumstances an intense, dark and enduring tale of supernatural horror. Set on the eve of the eponymous Christian feast day, the book begins innocently enough, with a desperately poor family bedding down for the night in their rodent-infested hovel. The home’s malnourished children sleep, dreaming not of extravagant gifts, but paltry sweets that might ease the pain of their bloated bellies; they hope against hope that simple balls of sugar might replace their hunger pangs with, for at least a little while, a pittance of holiday cheer before they have to set out on another day of begging on street corners.More:

Pamela Mccoll

After smoking away for 189 years Santa gives up the pipe and is no longer depicted as having a wreath of smoke around his head - all a good thing in the era when we are doing so much to try and get our kids or grandkids not to start smoking. Twas The Night Before Christmas was written by Clement C. Moore in 1822 on a sleigh ride home from Greenwich Village with his nine children on Christmas Eve. It has gone on to become the most famous poem in the English language. That is now is offered in a smoke-free version is something that could well insure the poem's longevity.

Kathie Meyer

This is a very biased review since I know the illustrator personally and was a model for one of the elves that appear in the book. My very special kitty, Larry, is pictured in the Christmas stocking at the end too. In fact, Watson used all real people to model for Santa, the elves and the family in the story, and he set the book in Port Townsend, Wash. where he lives. The clocktower is our actual courthouse in town.Having said all of that...I think this is one of the most wonderfully illustrated books of this popular Christmas tale I have ever seen. Truly.To see more of Watson's work, visit

Joyce McCombs

I collect TNBC books (I have 101 so far!) but this version by Jan Brett is my new favorite. Brilliantly colored pictures sweep you immediately back to childhood... just one look at the Christmas tree page and even if it's July, you'll feel the holiday spirit, I promise!


Illustrations were awesome, but I didn't like that fact that it showed Santa Clause smoking on a pipe in a children's book.


Goodness, there are SO many different editions of this book that I wasn't at all sure which one to add, so I'm hoping that this is a legitimate choice. It's difficult not to be influenced by the illustrations, but I tried to focus mostly on the words of the author (since I suspect that the drawings utilized in the edition I read were not originally coupled with the text). "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" just might be the most renowned classic of all in the sub-genre of Christmas stories for young readers, and in my mind Clement C. Moore has quite well earned this distinction for his unique tale. His poetry is sure-footed and flows well for the most part, and other authors (and people in virtually every other entertainment medium!) have been strongly influenced by his work now for hundreds of years. Perhaps my favorite reference to this book is in Ann M. Martin's "On Christmas Eve", in which the main character extrapolates that perhaps Clement C. Moore was able to write such an accurately detailed description of the advent of Santa Claus because he might have witnessed it firsthand.

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