The Nightmare Before Christmas

Studio Fun International. (Disney Animated Classics). Sept. 2021. 74p. adapted by Marilyn Easton & Sally Morgan. Tr $12.99. ISBN 9780794448257.
Gr 1-3–A retelling of Tim Burton’s famous holiday film, showcasing the studio’s artwork from its creation. The visuals feature Nightmare Before Christmas story sketches, puppets, and concept art created by Skellington Productions along the way, and the story line follows the movie faithfully. Fans will be reminded of the original film about the walking skeleton and the rag doll who loved him. Jack takes over Christmas and serves it up with his own spooky twist. The illustrations and images are lovely insights into the production process and perfect for those who already love this holiday tale. Pen-and-ink drawings and sculptures show a lovely behind-the-scenes look into this classic, and pairing them with the narrative will give readers an excellent holiday combination of Halloween and Christmas.
VERDICT A suggested purchase for larger libraries looking to update their holiday section or give students a holiday pop culture choice.

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