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A Creature Was Stirring

Press:Simon & Schuster Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (October 3, 2006)
Publication Date:2006-10
ISBN:9780689863998
Author Name:Goodrich, Carter/ Moore, Clement Clarke
Pages:40
Language:English

Content

'Twas the night before Christmas, and in this great house the creature who stirred was a boy, not a mouse. 
And while upstairs his parents were dreaming and snoring, with Santa so close, sleep seemed pretty boring.
Esteemed New Yorker cover artist Carter Goodrich retells the story of 'Twas the night before Christmas from the child's point of view.
With Clement Clarke Moore's classic poem one one side of every page, and a child's comedic rhyming on the other, this magical book about seeing and dreaming of Santa Claus will inspire readers of all ages to believe.
Against a luminous backdrop of midnight and silver, memories of Christmases past and present converge in a modern classic born in the tradition of The Polar Express.

From Booklist

This Christmas charmer extends the familiar poem beginning "'Twas the night before Christmas" with a series of couplets that alternate with the stanzas in Moore's original verse. 
A little boy confesses that, despite what everyone thinks, he was the only creature stirring in the house that Christmas Eve.
He tries to sleep, frets about Santa catching him awake, notices the slippery sleigh sliding down the sloping roof, and creeps out his bedroom window to park it at a more stable point.
Then he slips back inside, hoping that he wasn't noticed.
Santa acts out his part in the original rhymes on the left-hand pages while the boy's adventures take place on the facing pages.
The cool blues, purples, and grays of the evening scenes are warmed here and there with blushes of rosier hues, while the rounded forms, soft-textured shading, and expressive characters create an appealing visual interpretation of the verses.
This child-centered reinvention of the Christmas classic is fun for reading aloud.
Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association.
All rights reserved

About the Author

Carter Goodrich has illustrated sixteen New Yorker covers and was the lead character designer for Brave, Ratatouille (for which he won the International Animated Film Society’s Annie Award for character design), and Despicable Me. 
He has designed characters for many other beloved animated films, including Finding Nemo; Monsters, Inc; and Open Season.
Of the films he has worked on, four have gone on to win Academy Awards.
A Rhode Island School of Design graduate, he has twice been awarded the gold medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York.
His picture books include We Forgot Brock!, Say Hello to Zorro!, Zorro Gets an Outfit, Mister Bud Wears the Cone, A Creature Was Stirring, and The Hermit Crab.
Carter lives in Los Angeles, California.
Be sure to visit Carter at CarterGoodrich.com.Carter Goodrich has illustrated sixteen New Yorker covers and was the lead character designer for Brave, Ratatouille (for which he won the International Animated Film Society’s Annie Award for character design), and Despicable Me.
He has designed characters for many other beloved animated films, including Finding Nemo; Monsters, Inc; and Open Season.
Of the films he has worked on, four have gone on to win Academy Awards.
A Rhode Island School of Design graduate, he has twice been awarded the gold medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York.
His picture books include We Forgot Brock!, Say Hello to Zorro!, Zorro Gets an Outfit, Mister Bud Wears the Cone, A Creature Was Stirring, and The Hermit Crab.
Carter lives in Los Angeles, California.
Be sure to visit Carter at CarterGoodrich.com.

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Children's Books,Humor,General,Holidays & Celebrations,Christmas,Literature & Fiction

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Comment List (Total:13)

  •     Very sweet book - I ordered copies for each of my children to read to theirs.

  •     This is a great take on the great old classic I love. I purchased this book as a Christmas present for my six year old great nephew, so I have not given it to him yet.

  •     We would get this book from our local library every year (for the past 5 years) and it was always a risk that it would be out... this year it was- so we got a copy of our own library!

  •     Magic abounds in Carter Goodrich's splendidly illustrated second story tucked alongside the familiar 'Night Before Christmas.

  •     What a wonderful take on the classic Clement C. Moore poem. On the left pages the traditional poem is rendered, but on the right we hear from a little boy -- a creature who was...

  •     Kids will enjoy this story, parents too, and everyone can marvel at the fantastic illustrations. Carter Goodrich is an amazing artist.

  •     I bought this book to share with my two year old niece. She's still too young to understand it... but I definitely think it will be a family treasure :) It's a lot of fun to read with multiple voices! :D (one for the classic story and one for the little boy who's up to mischief!)

  •     GREAT story!

  •     I was hoping for more, My three year old wasn't too interested in this book, not sure why. I will try again next year.

  •     The pages are set so you have the classic reading on one side and the interruption from the boy on the other. I wasn't thrilled with how focused they were on the "naughty" aspect (him being naughty if he sees Santa) because we don't do the naughty/nice list in our house, but it's easily explained :) Definitely fun for our Christmas book collection.

  •     I bought this book for my nephew quite a few years ago and I just bought it for my two kids. This is such a cute book that our whole family loves to read every year.

  •     This is such a great book. You get the original version on the left side of the page and a funny little twist on the right side of the page. I thought it was hilarious and shared it with everyone at our school. My kids were laughing at every page.

  •     A small boy knows he is supposed to be asleep on Christmas eve but he risks the "naughty" list in order to get a peek out the window when Santa's sleigh arrives.

 

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