The Nights Before Christmas by Tony Ross

The Nights Before Christmas

Written by Tony Ross
Illustrated by Tony Ross

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November 2014 Book of the Month Best-selling illustrator Tony Ross has gathered together 24 of the most popular stories about Christmas to make a celebratory volume of the time of year. The 24 stories are designed as a countdown to Christmas – one for every night capturing the different kinds of excitement and how it is reflected in verse and prose. Tony Ross’s own feelings of seasonal joy underpin the choices and fuel this beautiful and moving collection with a personal touch.


The Nights Before Christmas by Tony Ross

This lavishly produced hardback book is the perfect keepsake gift to treasure. Fully illustrated in colour throughout by acclaimed illustrator Tony Ross, The Nights Before Christmas has twenty-four classic festive tales, songs and stories to read throughout Advent or keep as a family Christmas anthology.

There are festive extracts from much-loved books including A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Little Women by Louisa May Alcott and The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame; yuletide poems ('A Visit from St. Nicholas') and carols ('Good King Wenceslas'), together with traditional tales from Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm.

This is the ultimate gift for Christmas.


A book to buy now and read through Advent, to build up anticipation. Superbly chosen anthology. Tony Ross's illustrations are comic and festive. Culture Sunday Times Christmas Children's Books Perfect for bedtime reading-aloud. Lively, lovely illustrations. Independent on Sunday Year's Best Reads What unifies all the stories are Ross's distinctive illustrations, which convey joy, sorrow, menace and mischief on every page. Daily Mail Christmas Books 2014 Beautifully presented collection of seasonal classics. Irish Times Christmas stories Illustrated by Tony Ross with characteristic freshness and verve. A lovely way to count down to Christmas day. Books for Keeps, Best Books for Christmas

About the Author

Tony Ross

Born in 1938 in Wandsworth, South London, Tony Ross never though about a career in art, but says he fell into it after his dream of being a cowboy disintegrated when a letter he wrote to John Wayne was never replied to.

After Liverpool College of Art, Tony became an art director at an Advertising Agency but after a particularly bad day in the office he gave up his job to go into teaching at Manchester Polytechnic.

His first book was published in 1976 and as well as his own, he has illustrated over 1000 books for authors such as Roald Dahl, David Walliams, Paula Danziger and Michael Palin, which are published all over the world. His series of books written with Jeanne Willis featuring the extra terrestrial teacher, Dr Xargle, has established a huge following of fans. As has his fantastic and fun illustrations in the Horrid Henry series. A TV adaptation of his much-loved Little Princess series is currently showing on Channel 5’s Milkshake.

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240 pages
Interest Age: From 9


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Andersen Press Ltd

Publication date

4th September 2014




Publisher Profile

Andersen Press Ltd is an imprint of Andersen Press

logo Andersen Press is one of the leading independent children’s publishers, publishing some of the biggest names in the world of children's books including the much-loved picture book characters the Little Princess and Elmer the patchwork elephant. Andersen Press is the home of many award-winning authors and illustrators including Melvin Burgess, Rebecca Stead, Satoshi Kitamura, Tony Ross, David McKee, Chris Judge and Jeanne Willis. Founded in 1976 by Klaus Flugge it won the Bologna Best Children’s Publisher prize in the European Category in 2016, the company’s 40th anniversary year.

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