Reviews for Twas the Night Before Christmas

Booklist Reviews 2010 November #2
Handsome prints with thick black outlines and strong colors, coupled with a deceptively simple design, make this presentation of the classic poem stand out from other beautifully illustrated editions. Young children, especially, will be attracted by the bold, bright images, featuring Santa dressed in cherry red, the wintry night in shades of blue and white, and warm gold interiors. The formal layout features black, elegant type on a white background, on most spreads facing a single framed image. Occasional full-page spreads are striking, especially one showing a close-up of Santa holding the reins, with hooves and the back end of one reindeer just visible, giving the impression that Santa's sleigh is about to fly off the page. The traditional text might make for difficult reading for those unfamiliar with the poem; the old-fashioned phrasing may even trip up adults reading out loud. (Phrases such as "As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly" don't exactly roll off the tongue.) But this will be savored, read, and reread at holiday time. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring
Wormell's signature prints illustrate Moore's poem. Each individual piece is dramatic and beautiful; some, such as Papa peering out of the window with shadows of reindeer seen on the clapboard house, use dynamic perspectives. As a whole, however, the book feels somewhat static and repetitive, especially when Santa comes on the scene. Copyright 2010 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

Publishers Weekly Reviews 2010 October #3

With their strong black lines and deep colors, Wormell's signature block prints are a fittingly iconic pairing for Moore's holiday classic. Wormell sets the tone from the outset with a solemn portrait of a shingled house, dead quiet under a clear winter's night sky. Before long, Santa appears, and Wormell delivers several (almost too many) stately images of the "right jolly old elf," as he goes about his business. Though the illustrations can feel overly literal, this is an enchanting and elegant adaptation. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)

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School Library Journal Reviews 2010 October

PreS-Gr 2--The Christmas poem gets a bold yet classic new look with Wormell's stunning linoleum-block print illustrations. For the most part, the text, in fanciful font, is on the verso and a print, often outlined in black and drenched in deep blues, reds, and blacks, is on the right; there are also several spreads. The effect is somewhat retro, evoking magazine illustrations from the '20s and '30s, yet also modern in its impeccable design. Children and adults alike will appreciate this stylish version.--Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library

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