The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

The Night Before Christmas

Written by Clement C. Moore
Illustrated by Angela Barrett

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Clement C. Moore’s poem is as much a part of Christmas as robins, holly and sleigh bells at midnight. Originally written in 1823 it’s been a favourite pretty much ever since and this version, with warm, lively illustrations by Mark Marshall is full of appeal for today’s young readers. The cover sparkles beautifully and St Nick is resplendent in red and white against bright green end papers even before the story starts. The anonymous hero with the ringside seat is a little boy called Sam and he has a friendly puppy at his side throughout, making it feel particularly child-friendly. St Nicholas and his reindeer have never looked cuddlier or more jolly and this is a rousing seasonal treat. ~ Andrea Reece

A Piece of Passion from Maudie Powell-Tuck, Editor The Night Before Christmas is such an iconic Christmas poem – a true family favourite. In this new illustrated edition, we wanted to bring this enchanting story to a new generation of children. Traditionally, The Night Before Christmas is told from the perspective of the father of the family. We thought it would be magical for young readers if one of the children wakes and sees Santa Claus instead. Mark Marshall felt like the perfect choice to illustrate the book. His art is wonderfully naïve and appealing, perfectly capturing the thrill and wonder of Christmas for little children. I hope this book will be cherished by families for many Christmases to come.


The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse ...It's Christmas Eve and the whole house is sleeping - all except one little boy, woken up by the jingle of bells and the clatter of reindeer hooves on the roof. As he tiptoes downstairs, who will he find?


A likable new version, satisfyingly large and splendidly packaged, with images of a nostalgic, snow-covered world as illustrated by Angela Barrett... something for families to share. Sunday Independent This magical, snow-covered version captures all the excitement. The School Run Satisfyingly large and splendidly packaged, with images of a nostalgic, snow-covered world...this is something for families to share Sunday Independent (Dublin) Snuggle up and enjoy the magical re-release of one of the most beautiful Christmas poems ever written Daily Record Every family needs a copy of The Night Before Christmas...the perfect read for a Christmas holidays bedtime Sunday Express

About the Author

Clement C. Moore

Clement Clarke Moore was born on July 15, 1779 in New York, New York. His father was Benjamin Moore, Episcopal Bishop of New York, Rector of Trinity Church, and President of Columbia College. He was an only child and his early education was conducted at home.
After graduating from Columbia College (now Columbia University) he remained there as Professor of Oriental and Greek literature. He donated land from his family estate for the foundation of the General Theological Seminary, where he was a professor of Biblical learning and compiled a two-volume Hebrew dictionary.

Despite his many scholarly works he is rememberd for his yuletide poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas", which later became famous as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas".

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32 pages
Interest Age: From 2


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Publication date

1st October 2015




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