Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Book Review: The Night Before Christmas: A Brick Story

The Night Before Christmas: A Brick Story
By Clement C. Moore
Illustrated by Amanda Brack
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Published: Oct. 6, 2015
ISBN: 9781634501798

Amazon Synopsis:

Spread the Christmas cheer with this whimsical retelling of Clement C. Moore’s cherished poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” This new edition of the classic features the text of Moore’s original poem, illustrated with beautifully detailed LEGO brick scenes and characters.

See the colorful stockings hung by the chimney in the fanciful brick house, and look on at the visions of dancing brick sugarplums. Turn the pages to reveal Saint Nicholas with his bundle of toys and his eight trusty reindeer, and watch as he magically slides down the chimney to bring presents to the good little girls and boys before shouting, “Now dash away, dash away, dash away all!” This treasured Christmas poem in brick will quickly become the highlight of your holiday storybooks and a great new tradition for the whole family!

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 My Thoughts:

This lovely hardcover book, The Night Before Christmas: A Brick Story is the classic story written by Clement C. Moore that we’ve all grown up with. The new twist on it is that the illustrator Amanda Brack has created all the scenes with LEGO bricks. This book’s illustrations will delight children and adults of all ages. My young adult daughter saw that I was reviewing this book yesterday, looked at it and commented that everyone her age (20’s) would love the book because they all still love LEGOs.

The details in the photos are excellent, right down to the expressions on the faces of the people. As you look at the pictures, you can imagine all the hours of work it must have taken to build the sets for these images. That’s dedication for you!

I thoroughly enjoyed paging through this book, looking at the detailed pictures and noticing things like Santa filling the stockings and putting presents under the tree. Reading this story every Christmas with little ones will definitely be something to look forward to.

I think The Night Before Christmas: A Brick Story will make an old classic into a new classic. I give this book a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the publishers for providing this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

Clement C. Moore was a professor at the New York City General Theological Seminary of the Protestant Episcopal Church. He is most well-known for his poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” which helped establish the character of Santa Claus. He died in 1863.

About the Illustrator:

Amanda Brack is a freelance illustrator who loves dogs of all shapes and sizes, old horror movies, and homemade smoothies. She spent most of her childhood with her brothers constructing expansive LEGO towns and fighting over the best bricks. She graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and is currently living near Boston, Massachusetts.

1 comment :

  1. Amazing post! Twas Night Before Christmas is one of my favorite Christmas poems and I've read so many versions (parodies) of it. Most of them are really hilarious. Had fun reading them.