Reviews for Night Before Christmas


PHI20
Watson's utterly charming version of this old Christmas chestnut places it in a timeless, firmly earthbound setting full of movement. Each painting, contained in a box, settles crisply yet warmly in surrounding white space. The pictures themselves are cozy and detailed, but not cluttered; all rooms in this home look festive but fully lived-in. At first we see the habitat without its inhabitants--then toasty-skinned, pudgy folk spring ``from the bed to see what was the matter.'' When Santa comes down the chimney, dirt falls with him; household cats and dogs closely resemble the bright-eyed children. Vigorously realistic in her indoor scenes, Watson outdoes herself in small skyscapes tracing the jaunty trajectory of the reindeer, sled and Santa. She brings an original point of view to an oft-told tale. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) Copyright 1990 Cahners Business Information.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 1990 September #2
Watson's utterly charming version of this old Christmas chestnut places it in a timeless, firmly earthbound setting full of movement. Each painting, contained in a box, settles crisply yet warmly in surrounding white space. The pictures themselves are cozy and detailed, but not cluttered; all rooms in this home look festive but fully lived-in. At first we see the habitat without its inhabitants--then toasty-skinned, pudgy folk spring ``from the bed to see what was the matter.'' When Santa comes down the chimney, dirt falls with him; household cats and dogs closely resemble the bright-eyed children. Vigorously realistic in her indoor scenes, Watson outdoes herself in small skyscapes tracing the jaunty trajectory of the reindeer, sled and Santa. She brings an original point of view to an oft-told tale. Ages 3-6. (Sept.) Copyright 1990 Cahners Business Information.

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School Library Journal Reviews 1990 October
Watson sets this night in a small New England town. Black-line drawings filled in with watercolors depict a household full of Christmas clutter that is gradually worked over by a capricious cat and dog while a mouse family watches. Santa's short roundness contrasts with the various-sized rectangle frames that enclose the tiny details of each picture. It's all a bit bland, lacking the excitement and flair of Anita Lobel's version (Knopf, 1984). Copyright 1990 Cahners Business Information.

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