'Twas the Night Before Christmas

By Anonymous, Matt Tavares
Illustrated by Matt Tavares

A carefully recreated, original version of the well-loved Christmas poem.

Before 1823, most children outside Holland and Germany didn t even know who Santa was. Then, in 1823, a New York newspaper printed an anonymous poem entitled An Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas . This was the first time many children in America had heard of Santa Claus. Wondering what might happen if they hung their stockings by the chimney, many children did, and were greeted by an array of treats. News of this incredible phenomenon spread quickly. Soon the poem was reprinted all over the world, and Santa Claus has been a very busy man ever since.

  • A beautifully produced 19th century style edition of this popular poem, with atmospheric and gorgeously tactile black and white illustrations.

About the author

Matt Tavares is the author-illustrator of "Zachary s Ball". He says of " Twas the Night Before Christmas", "As a child, I would lie in bed, unable to sleep, listening carefully for any sign that Santa Claus and his reindeer might be on the roof. There were times when I was sure I heard sleigh bells. But I never saw him come down the chimney. Maybe someday "


2003: British Book Design and Production Awards - Children's Trade

British Book Design & Production Award - Shortlisted

ISBN: 9781844285648
Imprint: Walker
Distributor: Walker Australia-HEDS
Binding: Paperback
Release Date: September 1, 2005
Dimensions: 248 x 288mm, 32pp
Stock Status: Confirmed
Australian RRP: $16.99
New Zealand RRP: $19.99
Stock Level: Out Of Stock

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