“’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse…”
Just hearing those first two lines of Clement C. Moore’s classic poem “The Night Before Christmas” takes me back to my childhood and the excitement of going to bed on Christmas Eve and believing that Father Christmas would be visiting that night. It is still one of my favourite festive poems – one that I never seem to tire of hearing year after year – and one that I am looking forward to introducing the girls to on Christmas Eve this year.
This version from Parragon Books, illustrated by Harriet Muncaster, brings the poem to life beautifully, capturing the old-fashioned scenes described in the poem without making them seem dated. I love the way the main pictures are a mixture of illustration and photograph and the smaller illustrations breaking up the text.
It is the perfect book to finish off this year’s book advent calendar (and would also be ideal for putting in a Christmas Eve box). I’m looking forward to giving this to my girls on Christmas Eve and reading it together. I hope that they enjoy the poem as much as I do and perhaps we will start a tradition of reading it together on Christmas Eve each year.
Disclaimer: We were sent a copy of the book to review through being part of Parragon Books’ Book Buddies. All thoughts and opinions are my own.