Review: The Night Before Christmas

“’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.

Review - The Night Before Christmas (Parragon Books) - Little Hearts, Big Love

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.

Review - The Night Before Christmas (Parragon Books) - Little Hearts, Big Love

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.


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12 thoughts on “Review: The Night Before Christmas

    1. Hope your kids enjoy it! This is our first year doing a book advent and my girls love it 🙂

    1. It’s perfect for a book advent – I’m looking forward to reading it with my girls 🙂

  1. Oh it’s an old favourite for sure, I’m certain many people know it by heart! The pictures in this edition are gorgeous, lovely colours.

  2. Great post I too want to start reading it each Christmas Eve as we start putting in the foundations of our own traditions for our little family of 4. Lizzie xo

  3. I don’t think I even know more than the first few lines myself. Perhaps I shall have to put in an order.

    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x

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