Parents' Guide to

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Gimmick doesn’t enhance holiday classic.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 2+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+

An absolute classic

This is a poem that every little boy and every little girl should have read to them the night before Christmas. Magical and brilliant imagery.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 2+

May or may not appeal to today's kids, but no problem areas either.

While I can't say anything about the edition to which you're referring, I'm familiar with the original classic. While today's youngsters may find this book corny, there's nothing offensive here. Except, that is, for the pipe, which wasn't offensive when the poem came out, centuries before it became known that smoking isn't good for you.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

“A Visit from St. Nicholas” has been reproduced in a great many forms; and here it is packaged with what the publishers call AniMotion technology; unfortunately, it just doesn't work.

Many of the pages feature a full-color image that appears to move beneath a black-striped layer of acetate. The technique is reminiscent of a zoetrope. As readers turn the pages, stars twinkle, a cat startles, Santa’s belly ripples with laughter. It’s a fun idea, but the animations are dark and hard to see, and the static images are rather ho-ho-hum. The novelty -- and appeal -- is short-lived. The static illustrations are pleasant enough, but the moving images are difficult to see.

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