‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, illustrated by Matt Tavares

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas or Account of a Visit From St. Nicholas by Clement C. Moore, illustrated by Matt Tavares. Candlewick Press, c2002, 2022. 9781536217995

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Format: Hardcover picture book

What did you like about the book? Expressive and detailed black and white illustrations steal the show in this familiar tale about Santa landing on a roof to deliver gifts.

Anything you didn’t like about it? A note from the illustrator explains that this is a reprinting of the original version including some odd punctuations and different names for the reindeer than are used today, making it a little awkward at times (though the forewarning helps a lot).

To whom would you recommend this book? Children ages 4-8

Who should buy this book? Elementary schools, public libraries, and day-cares

Where would you shelve it? Holiday books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City and State: Vicky Tandy, Athol Public Library, Athol, MA

Date of review: November 26, 2022

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