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The Night Before Christmas Hardcover – Illustrated, 6 Oct 2011
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"Fans will adore sharing this oversized, traditional treatment of the beloved Christmas poem. A delectable holiday treat."--Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Robert Ingpen has written and/or illustrated more than 100 published books. In 1986, Robert became the only Australian to be awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration, recognizing "complete works which have made a lasting contribution to children's literature." Often called the "Little Nobel Prize," the Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international recognition given to an author and an illustrator of children's books. In 1989, Robert was awarded the Dromkeen Medal, for significant contribution to the appreciation and development of children's literature. Robert studied art and illustration at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology from 1955-57. Early in his career Robert specialised in relating design to scientific research. In 1958, he was appointed as the artist at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation). Ten years later, he began work as a freelance designer, illustrator and author. Robert's work for science continued when he worked as a member of a United Nations (FAO/UNDP) team in Mexico and Peru, where he designed pamphlets on fisheries (until 1975). As an illustrator and author of children's books, Robert is known and loved by children Robert's work has focused on environmental and heritage issues and his exploration of fantasy and imagination. Robert Ingpen first rose to prominence with his illustrations for Colin Thiele's Storm Boy, winning the first Visual Arts Board award for children's book illustration. Robert Ingpen has painted murals on public buildings, designed the flag and coat of arms for the Northern Territory, and designed postage stamps, including stamps for the Captain Cook Bicentenary and the 50th anniversary of CSIRO. He has been involved in a number of conservation and environmental projects, including the establishment of the Swan Hill Pioneer Settlement as consultant/designer. Robert was one of the founders of the Australian Conservation Foundation. He lives in the Victorian coastal town of Anglesea. In nearby Geelong, where he grew up, Robert has inspired tens of thousands of children to use their imaginations. The annual Poppykettle Festival, named in honour of his story, The Voyage of the Poppykettle, has been providing entertainment and arts activities to primary students for 21 years. This unique festival has become folklore in Geelong. Each year, more than 4500 school children (in costumes) take over Geelong's cultural precinct to present a parade, performances and artwork to the local community. The growing interest in illustrations as a collectable art form is leading to the emergence of galleries specialising in pictures from books. Exhibitions of Robert Ingpen's illustrated works have been held in Europe and are now being planned for America. Robert Ingpen was invited by the Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital in London to illustrate the centenary edition of the classic story Peter Pan and Wendy. Australian royalties from sales of the book are being donated to the Barwon Health Foundation Gala Appeal, for the redevelopment of the Emergency Department at the Geelong Hospital and, in particular, the development of a new paediatrics area.
Top Customer Reviews
I am buying it for all my friends children and my nieces as it is a classic....to be read with a hot chocolate late on Christmas Eve
which will put everyone in the spirit. the only thing that would have made it better would have been a santa in green( not coca cola red)
which would have lent itself perfectly to this magical poem.
Buy it , its a bit of magic!
Well illustrated by Robert Ingpen.
The really isn't any thing else to say.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Exactly what we were after, would order from supplier againPublished 19 months ago by Mr. D. O'Brien
I bought this for both grand children Their parents read this to them at their 1st Christmas It is a family tradition They are too young to appreciate the story but my daughters... Read morePublished on 29 Aug. 2014 by Hilary O.
A stunning book, good quality with beautiful traditional pictures. We bought it for our friends baby for his first Chistmas and his Mum loved it so much it made her cry. Read morePublished on 10 Feb. 2014 by Elaine Platt
We wanted to buy our young grandson a very special book for his first Christmas, and one which would be treasured. We could not have chosen any better. Read morePublished on 25 Jan. 2014 by Peter James