Mary Engelbreit’s The Littlest Night Before Christmas

Quill Tree/HarperCollins/. Sept. 2022. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780062969330.
PreS-K–A family of mice star in this story by Engelbreit, her second reimagining of Clement C. Moore’s classic poem “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Engelbreit’s signature oversized block letters and colored-pencil drawings fill the pages with cozy winter scenes, including a mouse snoozing in a walnut shell while St. Nick, this time rendered as a jolly raccoon, flies a figure skate pulled by seven cardinals to deliver his goods. “And then in a twinkling on the roof I heard the prancing & pawing of each little bird,” reads text slightly different from the original poem.
VERDICT A solid addition to any holiday collection, this classic tale will inspire young readers to discover the magical details in Engelbreit’s illustrations with each turn of the page.

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