Twas the Night Before Christmas: Or Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas

Candlewick. Sept. 2022. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781536217995.
PreS-Gr 3–A Christmas classic revisited with stunning monochrome illustrations, from the author/illustrator of Dasher, another seasonal favorite. An illustrator’s note describes the story’s origin and explains that this version will include the original’s grammar, punctuation, and spelling; readers will also notice differences in the names of the reindeer. The familiar tale features pencil drawings that effectively create the atmosphere, anticipation, and excitement of the holiday season. Striking, snow-covered spreads depict Christmas celebrated inside of a Victorian-era home, a fitting match for the text. Red borders adorn the pages with text, adding an eye-catching pop of color on each spread. The family portrayed in this adaptation presents white.
VERDICT A comforting and pleasant addition to holiday collections.

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