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'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 Mo'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....

Title : A Creature Was Stirring
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ISBN : 9780689863998
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 40 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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A Creature Was Stirring Reviews

  • Maureen
    2019-06-11 13:44

    cute idea--the original poem is on left pages, and a story about a little boy who is awake when Santa comes is on the right.

  • Lori
    2019-06-16 12:21

    What a good little laugh.

  • Amber
    2019-05-31 18:39

    Such a cute concept, but don’t like that the words “gosh” and “stupid” were used in this book.

  • Marsha
    2019-06-11 18:42

    I’ve seen countless literary renditions of Clement Clarke Moore’s A Visit from St. Nicholas (some of them even manage to get the title right). So for one of those to pique my interest, it has to have something special: riveting illustrations and/or a stunning cover or a unique twist in the storyline. The latter features in this tale, as we have one observer who breaks the rules about staying asleep during Santa’s fateful visit.But wait a sec! The original poem featured someone who was wide awake as well! But that was presumably a grownup that was awakened by a dreadful noise coming from the lawn. This wakeful watcher is a nervous little boy who doesn’t want Santa to catch him up and about from his bed. The new rhymes run on opposite pages of the original verse as the kid tries vainly to get to sleep, worried that the fat man in the red suit will put him on the “naughty” list. It’s a gentle, winking tribute to Moore’s original poem as the plucky young lad manages to redeem himself and, yes, save Christmas. The illustrations are charming, softly rendered with the pencil marks prominent. There is no attempt at photorealism here—the artist knows how to make a little look like a lot. (The reindeer could be moose, deer or elk with stick-like antlers stuck on them.) The Santa has an old-fashioned appearance with a pointy cap and cape and a sly look that really does make him look rather elfin in nature.This loving homage to a Christmas classic is sure to please boys and girls, especially those who don’t get sugarplums dancing in their heads (and who dreams about those, anyway?).

  • Rosa Cline
    2019-06-05 20:33

    This was a very neatly written book. It takes the traditional "Twas the Night before Christmas' and then puts a 'twist' on it with a little boy not going to sleep and worrying about beign put on the naughty list and then sneaking out and getting into Santa's sled. All written in 'rhyme' and nicely done illustrations are great as well. BUT the amazing thing about this book is you can read the left pages only and read the entire original 'Twas the Night Before Christmas story; or you can read the right pages and it's a story within itself talking about the little boy. Or read the book like you would an ordinary book (as I did for my 4 year old granddaughter) and read left page and then the right and the stories mix together as a regular story.

  • Relyn
    2019-05-18 20:43

    What a fun twist on an old holiday classic. My students are going to love this one. Classroom Connections - Every year one of my Christmas gifts to my students is to read them at least one extra (Christmas) story book per day. Extra read aloud - yay. This one will be terrific for that.- Use for compare/ contrast with younger students with Moore's version. - Use in Writer's Workshop as an example of fracturing more than fairy tales.- Use in Writer's Workshop as an Christmas story starter/ example. Have each child write their own Night Before Christmas.

  • Kate McCartney
    2019-05-17 13:28

    I was really looking forward to reading this to my kids on Christmas Eve, I really wanted to like it. It was meh. The author mixes the original Clement Moore with an adapted version f a boy who couldn't fall asleep. It just didn't mesh for me. I think I would have just like the adapted version, with maybe a few lines of the original. This version just felt to crowded to me. The illustration are really nice though.

  • Luisa Knight
    2019-05-24 16:36

    Ages: 4 - 8Cleanliness: "My gosh" "gosh" and "stupid" are exclaimed.#christmas**Like my reviews? I also have hundreds of detailed reports that I offer too. These reports give a complete break-down of everything in the book, so you'll know just how clean it is or isn't. I also have Clean Guides (downloadable PDFs) which enable you to clean up your book before reading it! Visit my website: The Book Radar.

  • Dolly
    2019-06-03 17:44

    Framed by Clement C. Moore's famous poem, this is an account of a little boy who finds himself in the predicament of being awake on Christmas Eve, hearing Santa arrive at his house. It's a fun story and juxtaposed with the classic poem, it's a clever way to show the story from a different perspective. Our girls enjoyed this story; it's a good one to read aloud.

  • Mary
    2019-05-19 15:19

    Lovely illustrations, but not a great variation on the original Christmas classic. The premise is intriguing, (a child acknowledges that he IS awake and stirring as he awaits Santa's arrival.) But the ending is not satisfying. The child seems to save the sleigh from slipping off his home's roof. But how do the reindeer and Santa respond? The book does not say. Also the rhymes seem a bit forced.

  • Mrs. Downs
    2019-05-29 12:43

    GR Level ?Elementary: E GOOThey say that not a creature was stirring, but this poor boy never actually got to the part where the sugar-plums were dancing. Find out who is sneaking around and what he does to help Santa.

  • Danielle
    2019-06-15 19:34

    OMG! This is for sure a book that EVERY parent MUST read to their kids. CTHU! This was just way too cute. I think this year for Christmas I'll be getting several extra copies and giving them as gifts!

  • Nanci Booher
    2019-06-16 17:48

    Carter Goodrich, author of Say Hello to Zorro and Zorro Gets an Outfit, is rapidly becoming someone I will always read. A new fun twist on the the classic The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore with rhyming text and great illustrations. This will be added to my collection at home.

  • Amynicole
    2019-05-26 17:36

    eh. I'm such a visual personand these drawings were nothing pleasing. i really disliked that the boy called himself "stupid" and that santa smoked a piped. my son even said he didn't look like santa. thumbs down.

  • Mary
    2019-06-06 13:44

    I had to read this book, because I have so enjoyed the Zorro and Mister Bud books. Carter Goodrich has also written this kid's take on Clement C. Moore's Christmas poem - when the boy can't sleep and "accidentally'" sees Santa. This may put him on the naughty list. A funny story.

  • Kathy
    2019-06-15 17:32

    A cute adaptation of A Night Before Christmas. A small boy isn't asleep when Santa comes.

  • Melanie
    2019-05-20 20:44

    This was a cute little story and I enjoyed the illustrations.

  • Marcie
    2019-06-07 16:36


  • Jeanette
    2019-06-08 17:43

    Cute, but difficult to read aloud.

  • Carrie
    2019-05-19 15:22

    Santa came to the library and my co-worker and I read this book aloud together. It's a cute spin on The Night Before Christmas - good for 2 voices.

  • Jenn
    2019-06-01 16:22

    Super cute take on the classic night before Christmas.

  • Ian
    2019-05-19 12:26

    Pleasing style, confusing plot.

  • Laura
    2019-06-02 17:25

    Loved this book! Kids love this book!

  • Amber
    2019-05-20 13:35

    Cute concept, nice pictures but a little awkward and forced.

  • James Koppert
    2019-06-01 13:23

    pretty to look at but story was confused

  • Stefanie
    2019-06-11 17:31

    Adorable! Classic "Night Before Christmas" on one page, then a little boy's insights on the other.

  • Autumn
    2019-05-18 16:24

    I love the short happy Santa in this book! The two different styles used work really well. It's a really cute book.

  • Anjanette
    2019-06-08 19:32

    Looks good but it didn't flow well. The girl fell asleep to it.

  • Jen
    2019-06-08 13:42

    This was a fun surprise. The book is beautiful with a cute story that runs along the famous classic by Clement C. Moore.

  • Michelle
    2019-06-14 16:42

    My new favorite Christmas story