'Twas the Night Before Christmas

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9781419712333: 'Twas the Night Before Christmas

When Father Mouse is awakened on Christmas Eve by a clatter outside his window, he catches a glimpse of the one and only Santa Claus! Father Mouse can hardly believe his eyes as he watches St. Nick come down the chimney with a pack full of toys. In this amusing twist on the classic poem by Clement C. Moore, Daniel Kirk reimagines the story from a fresh perspective—and readers of Kirk’s Library Mouse series may discover a familiar friend, too!

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About the Author:

Daniel Kirk is the bestselling author of the Library Mouse series as well as other picture books and the Elf Realm trilogy. He travels extensively to talk about his work with schoolchildren and library groups. He lives in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.

From School Library Journal:

PreS-Gr 2—In an afterword, Kirk explains that his adaptation of the beloved poem was motivated by a desire to make it more relevant to modern children. Thus sugar plums become "yummy treats," brains are not settled (too confusing), Santa is not dressed in fur, and the pipe and smoke are eliminated for health reasons. As in Kirk's "Library Mouse" books (Abrams), the stars of this adaptation are mice; in fact, careful observation will reveal that Papa Mouse is related to the mouse protagonist of the adapter's other books. The illustrations are large and brightly colored. Santa is depicted as a lumberjack. VERDICT Purists might find the changes off putting, but fans of Kirk and the "Library Mouse" series will enjoy this charming take on the classic poem.—Anne Connor, Los Angeles Public Library

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