Reviews for Night Before Christmas


Booklist Reviews 2006 September #2
In his introduction, Moses recalls the much-beloved version of the poem illustrated by his grandmother, Grandma Moses. He presents his own folk-art interpretation in nostalgic oil paintings: homes are lit by candles; an old-fashioned locomotive chugs past. Spreads alternate between small insets and double-page panoramas and include cutaways of the snug houses, as well as aerial, Santa's-eye views of the quaint, rural town. Particularly charming are small details, such as a mouse's snuggly, sardine-can bed. ((Reviewed September 15, 2006)) Copyright 2006 Booklist Reviews

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Spring
Like his great-grandmother before him, Moses illustrates Moore's Christmas classic with charming folk-art oil paintings. Double-page spreads alternate with smaller vignettes; cozy candlelit interiors are balanced by expansive, illuminated outdoor vistas. Engaging details will keep lapsitters interested in this pleasingly homespun interpretation of the poem. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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Kirkus Reviews 2006 November #1
Christmas Eve in a snowy New England village of yesteryear is the setting for this version of the holiday poem, illustrated by Moses in a folk-art style similar to that of his great-grandmother, the beloved artist known as Grandma Moses. The cover of this volume shows Santa and his reindeer just about to land on the snowy roof of a large, traditional farmhouse, which is shown on a later page with an open front wall like an old-fashioned dollhouse. The format includes spot illustrations and vignettes next to the verses of the poem, alternating with full spreads of the farm or the surrounding village with Santa in his sleigh flying overhead. The paintings of indoor scenes are full of tiny, fascinating details of another era, while the outdoor scenes, lit by a full moon, show sweeping vistas of peaceful and prosperous farms. Though Moses has clearly been influenced by the artistic style of his great-grandmother, his illustrations are accomplished and charming on their own merits, combining a naïve appeal with more sophisticated perspective and composition. An introduction by the illustrator offers some insights into his intriguing family history. (Picture book. 3-7) Copyright Kirkus 2006 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.

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Publishers Weekly Reviews 2006 September #4

Moses (Silent Night ) does his family legacy proud, putting his own cozy folk-style stamp on this much-loved holiday poem, a text that also inspired his great grandmother, Grandma Moses, whose picture-book edition has been a classic for several generations. A subtle aerial perspective allows readers to watch Santa's approach (over several breathtaking wordless spreads) to a small farming community in the glisten of moon-on-snow, a landscape dotted with snowmen, shocks of hay and wreath-adorned doors. Old-fashioned toys, wood-burning stoves and other details, often highlighted in spot illustrations, set this rendition in a bygone century. But the overall tone of this elegant volume, packaged with a bonus ornament, exudes a timeless Christmas magic perfect for family sharing. All ages. (Sept.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2006 October

PreS Up Moses continues in the tradition of folk painter Grandma Moses with his rendition of the poem. In the preface, he shares childhood memories about his family's personal copy of the poem that she illustrated. Cozy and quaint oil paintings reflect the quiet beauty of 1800 rural New England. Playful details such as finding the same mouse throughout the book will be fun for children to explore and share. Full spreads interspersed between the verses give striking panoramic views of the sleeping town and the old-fashioned home. The artist's style, echoing the primitive style of his famous great-grandmother, lends itself well to this very traditional version of the Christmas classic. Intended as a gift book, it includes a three-dimensional cardboard cut-out tree ornament of Santa in his sleigh.Maureen Wade, Los Angeles Public Library

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