Reviews for Night Before Christmas : Poem


Horn Book Guide Reviews 1999
The classic Christmas poem is illustrated with Brett's characteristically detailed paintings, which feature scenes of the adventures of two stowaway elves on Santa's sleigh. Many of the familiar events of the narrative are illustrated along the borders, and it is jarring for the text to have so little in common with some of the large, main pictures. Copyright 1999 Horn Book Guide Reviews

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Kirkus Reviews 1998 August #2
Brett (The Hat, 1997, etc.) glorifies an old-fashioned Christmas in her lavish and detailed edition of the classic poem. Elves under animal furs nestle in the back of Santa's sleigh while the reindeer labor under their own finery. The family they visit lives in an ornate Victorian mansion. Snow perches picturesquely on tree branches, and elaborate borders throughout the book highlight beloved tree ornaments as well as secondary actions: the reaction of the house's dog and cat; the alerting of the parents to the clatter of reindeer on the roof the rousing of the children and their approach to the loot Santa has left behind. This eye- filling volume offer a wealth of detail, perfect for sharing in the days counting down to Christmas. (Picture book. 3-8) Copyright 1998 Kirkus Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 1998 October
PreS-Gr 2 Brett sets her distinctive, lavish presentation of this poem in a Victorian house in a New England village, with an Old World Santa and a couple of stowaway elves who steal the show. Double-page spreads offer much to explore, while the artist's signature "in the border" additions extend the story line. Sometimes the paintings illustrate the words to the poem; other times they highlight the behind-the-scenes activities. Winsome reindeer play along good-naturedly with the stowaways, and their facial expressions and body language are utterly endearing. Brett's elves add a lighthearted dimension to this Christmas classic, while her illustrations maintain the appealing Victorian flair of the original. LF Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews

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