IF YOU LOVE A CHRISTMAS TALE by Clement C. Moore

IF YOU LOVE A CHRISTMAS TALE

The Night Before Christmas and The Nutcracker
Age Range: 3 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

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)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2009
ISBN: 978-0-7641-6267-1
Page count: 28pp
Publisher: Barron’s
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2009




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