Books by Clement C. Moore

’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 8, 2019

"One to place under the tree in households that don't hold the original text too dear. (Picture book. 3-8)"
A classic Christmas text gets the Highlights Hidden Pictures Storybook treatment. Read full book review >
’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
Released: Sept. 3, 2019

"An overcrowded, uneven package. (Board book. 3-5)"
The complete text of "A Visit From St. Nicholas," delivered on board pages. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 19, 2017

"Illustrated versions of the famous poem abound, but this rendition stands out for its large size, thoughtful design, and dramatic, atmospheric illustrations. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The classic poem about Santa's appearance on Christmas Eve is presented in a large format with a contemporary setting and a jolly Santa sporting red, high-top sneakers. Read full book review >
'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 27, 2015

"Some will miss seeing Santa in a traditional red suit (fur or not), but Library Mouse fans will enjoy this peripheral extension of the series. (Picture book. 3-6)"
This interpretation of the classic Christmas story includes a few twists, such as a mouse family in the main roles, a human Santa dressed as a lumberjack, and some minor updates to the text. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 6, 2015

"Most children will be better served by one of the more traditional versions of the holiday poem, as there are many superbly illustrated editions and amusing parodies to suit any taste. (Picture book. 4-8)"
The familiar Christmas poem is creatively illustrated with photographs of scenes composed almost entirely of Lego building bricks. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 29, 2015

"The warm Christmas glow traditionally associated with this classic poem is completely missing in this unusual but ultimately unsuccessful interpretation. (Picture book. 3-7)"
The old-fashioned phrases of the classic Christmas poem are juxtaposed with edgy, contemporary illustrations. Read full book review >
’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Not an exceptional edition of the poem but an accessible one. (Picture book. 2-6)"
This import from Great Britain features an extra-large format and sweet, soft-focus illustrations in a cheery interpretation of the favorite Christmas poem. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2014

"The lively mischief will carry children past the narrative inconsistencies in this fun-filled romp. (Picture book. 3-5)"
Reid turns her Plasticine talents to an interpretation of the classic poem. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 22, 2013

"This is a quiet Night Before Christmas, one to savor and read over and over, year after year. (artist's note) (Picture book. 3-7)"
Hobbie's fresh interpretation of the beloved Christmas classic offers a new way to see the arrival of St. Nick, from the perspective of one of the children of the household, rather than just the father. Read full book review >
TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by XIMAD
CHILDREN'S
Released: Dec. 8, 2011

"For nostalgic and literary purposes this app fits the bill, but beyond that there's nothing that warrants labeling it a 'must-read.' (iPad storybook app. 3-8)"
A handsomely illustrated, moderately interactive portrayal of the famous poem. Read full book review >
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

Those who seek a large-format, traditional interpretation of this Christmas classic will enjoy this pleasant though not exceptional effort. Browning's realistic paintings offer an old-fashioned setting and a handsome, jolly Santa in a resplendent costume with lots of fur trim and a huge belt. This version focuses directly on Santa on most pages, following him closely as he arrives, leaves his gifts and then departs with his sleigh and reindeer into the night sky. Text blocks are set off with decorative borders and smaller illustrations of Santa at home in his workshop. An introductory author's note provides the traditional view of Moore as the author of the poem without mentioning the considerable controversy over the poem's true attribution. This note concludes with the questionable statement that "almost all the children in the world have read this poem." (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

Isadora continues her series of traditional tales recast in African settings with this novel interpretation of the classic poem. Snow is magically falling on a village on the savanna as the first few pages lead Santa and his reindeer to a cozy home with three sleeping children. This memorable Santa has dark skin, white dreadlocks, a kente-cloth belt and giraffe-print pants, with striped fur decorating his red jacket. The stunning collage illustrations are filled with traditional clothing, patterned fabrics and handmade toys for the children's gifts. Even the reindeer have special beaded collars and kente-cloth wrappers around their ankles. The entire book is exquisitely designed, from the vibrant hand-cut letters on the cover to the final spread with the amazed family watching Santa's sleigh in silhouette against a full golden moon. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

Two favorite Christmas stories are joined together in an unusually thick volume with sturdy, coated paper and a reinforced binding. The format uses changeable picture windows to add a surprise to some of the pages and the cover. On alternating spreads, a gatefold page contains an oval cutout, and as the page is opened, the underlying window shifts to a different picture, giving a sense of motion. For example, in the changing window on the cover (also repeated inside), Santa is shown filling a stocking with toys, and as the cover is opened, the picture changes to a little child looking up the chimney. Both "The Night Before Christmas" and Pirotta's heavily abbreviated version of "The Nutcracker" are illustrated by Lockhart with Victorian settings in a pastel palette. A sweet if ephemeral treat. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
POETRY
Released: Oct. 1, 2007

Exquisite illustrations, impeccable design and a snowy, surprising conclusion add up to a memorable interpretation of the beloved Christmas poem. Puttapipat's illustrations are silhouettes in black and white with highlights of deep red, green and shiny gold, and though the silhouette style is an old one, in the hands of this talented artist, the approach is refreshingly new. The large format using heavy paper includes a window on several pages, each offering a glimpse into the next spread, as well as a flap on the first spread that allows the family's Victorian home to open up like a doll house. Children will enjoy finding the tiny details in this view of the house and then looking for them in succeeding spreads from other perspectives. The carefully chosen font, gold page borders and patterned endpapers are further indications of the volume's thoughtful design, along with the cover in holly-berry red with Santa and the reindeer in flight. The final spread is a complete surprise: a spectacularly gorgeous, intricately designed pop-up scene of Santa's sleigh and reindeer taking off from the rooftop with the snow-covered city buildings behind. (Picture book. 3-adult)Read full book review >
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

A smiling Santa in goggles and aviator helmet speeds up the Christmas Eve delivery system with updated transportation from his "Far Northair" sleigh. This futuristic-looking vehicle still uses eight reindeer, but additional propulsion is controlled through sophisticated equipment in the covered cockpit (including a built-in beverage maker with choices from hot chocolate to borsht). This interpretation of Moore's classic poem finds Santa making a delivery to a household with three children in a traditional, suburban neighborhood. The father of the family springs out of bed in a panic in one dramatic spread, with his hand seeming to stretch right off the page toward the reader. A diverse crew of helpers joins Santa on his Christmas Eve flight, with costumed elves from many countries and ethnic groups helping to unload the toys and clean the soot off Santa's red cape, furry pants and pointed boots. Elves and toys decorate the endpapers and also appear as spot illustrations at the end of the poem's verses, which are attractively framed with bold, red borders on alternating spreads. An "interview" of St. Nick by illustrator Watson concludes the volume. (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

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)Read full book review >
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2006

A most unusual title page sets the magical tone for this distinctive interpretation of Moore's classic Christmas poem. A full moon on the left-hand page encloses the author and illustrator information, with the volume's title spelled out across the bottom of the spread by the twisted branches of snow-topped trees. Santa and his reindeer soar overhead all the way to the edge of the right-hand page, leading the reader right into the story. The narrator of this version is a wide-eyed young boy who peers out the window in amazement and then creeps down the stairs to meet St. Nicholas as he fills the stockings. Spirin's sumptuous illustrations with touches of gold have a subtle glow provided by firelight or moonlight, with striking shadows courtesy of the full moon. A wordless spread in the center of the volume offers a dramatic pause with a full view of the sleigh and the reindeer in flight, golden sleigh bells glistening. The Victorian setting is complemented by an old-fashioned typeface and a tall, painted clock noting the midnight hour next to each verse of the poem. (author's note) (Picture book. 3-7)Read full book review >
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

A traditionally depicted Santa and his reindeer arrive at a spooky, underground home to deliver presents on Christmas Eve. Though the text is familiar, this family is quite different: green goblins with buggy eyes, pointed ears, and three toes on each foot. The father goblin narrates the poem as in most versions, but the ten goblin children stop dreaming of sugarplums (bugs and worms) to join in the action. They pounce on Santa, grab the toys, and chase the terrified elves, until Santa fills all the stockings—with the little goblins. He escapes to his sleigh, hog-tying the goblins that still cling to his legs, with one goblin peeking out from the pack of toys on the final, wordless page. The juxtaposition of the familiar poem with the hilarious goblins makes a funny parody, and the naughty (but cute) goblin children add a new note of Christmas cheer to the old words. (Picture book. 4-8)Read full book review >
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 1, 2002

Engelbreit (Over the River and through the Woods,1994) has legions of devoted adult fans who will adore sharing this oversized, traditional treatment of the beloved Christmas poem. The illustrations incorporate the artist's signature icons such as black-and-white checked borders, flowered armchairs, and cozy, snowbound cottages, along with Engelbreit's favorite Scotty dog. Her charismatic Santa is chubby and cheerful in his red plaid suit and hiking boots; his cute, pointy-eared elves of varying sizes and costumes (though all unfortunately seem to be male) assist Santa at every step and are also shown marching toward the sleigh on the endpapers. The entire story is told in double-page spreads with the text blocks set off in ivory rectangles, and each spread is full of toys and treats and tiny details of the Christmas season in a busy household. The dramatic "Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!" finale shows the words in curly white writing flowing across a midnight blue sky, with Santa and the reindeer in mid-flight silhouetted against a full moon. Engelbreit fans will find this a delectable holiday treat. (Picture book. 3-6)Read full book review >
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

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) Read full book review >
THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Clement C. Moore
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 1995

Moore's familiar 1822 poem in a handsome large format. Rand (Gloria Rand's Prince William, 1992, etc.) illustrates the text in period style, from the father's Victorian sideburns and nightcap to the round-bellied, red-suited St. Nick. But he has also added nice original touches, like the gold stars sprinkled over Santa's sleigh, and the colorful Lapp embroidery on the reindeers' harnesses. The realistic illustrations, all full-bleed spreads, are done in watercolor with an overlay of ground chalk. It's particularly effective for the snowy outdoor scenes, which glow with moonlight. Helping to bring Moore's poem to life is the careful attention paid to every detail: the children's patchwork bed quilts, the blue-and-white china on the mantel, and fancy gingerbread trimming the porch. A traditional but beautifully executed treatment of an old favorite. (Picture book. 4-7) Read full book review >