Twas the Night Before Christmas

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Fun, quirky depiction of Santa poem with great narration.

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Ease of Play

Highlighted text would have made it easier for kids to follow along, but using the app itself is incredibly simple. You can even just hit "auto page turn" and sit back and watch it all unfold.

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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The text of the classic poem still mentions St. Nick smoking a pipe, but you won't see any pipe in the animation here.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this ebook version of Twas the Night Before Christmas features the unedited text of Clement C. Moore's original poem, meaning it contains a stanza about Santa smoking a pipe, as well as a lot of archaic language that kids may not understand. The depiction of St. Nick in the animation here is certainly different from classic renditions of Santa, but there's nothing objectionable or offensive about it. This is the review of the iPad version, but the iPhone/iPod Touch version is similar and is called Twas the Night Before Christmas iPhone Editon.

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Adult Written byhaydabeck December 16, 2010
The animation is great but the poem is very descriptive and I would have liked to have seen the animation match the descriptions. For example, the animated San... Continue reading

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Is it any good?

The Santa you'll see in this new version of TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS is quite different from any you've seen before. He resembles a cross between Gonzo from the Muppets and your crazy, old Uncle Ned. But he's a whole lot of fun. And the whimsical animation here presents St. Nick as a mischievous, magical fellow who fits very nicely with the tone of the poem. The voiceover acting is also top-notch (and can be heard in "English, British, or Southern"), as is the fabulous musical score. It's probably safe to assume that some people won't like the art or the character designs, but if you're willing to see your Santa a little differently, this app is a very entertaining ride.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release date: November 23, 2010
  • Category: Books
  • Publisher: Moving Tales, Inc.
  • Version: 1.01
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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