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The Night Before Christmas Hardcover – Illustrated, 6 Oct 2011

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Palazzo Editions Ltd (6 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956494293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956494290
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.2 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 256,175 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.


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This is a short book compared to others illustrated by Ingpen , but absolutely BEAUTIFUL.Stunning illustrations .gorgeous poem for young and old .
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!
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Although Robert Ingpen is an excellant artist, this version of The Night Before Christmas was disappointing in that I was hoping for more colour, detail, and Christmas magic. There was no variety in the illustrations, and especially missing, was the cosiness of Christmas Eve within the family home. I really loved the first full page colour illustration of the face of the mouse peeping through the holly, but the rest of the paintings were very samey. One of the double page pictures of the outside of the home missed out the out-buildings, etc. that surrounded it in the previous drawings, so that it looked even more cold and isolated. This is a good sized book, but I have since found a more beautiful little book which seems bigger because it does have so much variety, lovely outdoor scenes, cosy indoor ones, all with lots of interesting detail, etc. What I decided to do was research all the different copies of this poem I can, forming a small collection. This works very well, because being a fairly short poem, I can look through all the books, gleaning the best of all of them!
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We got this for our daughters first Christmas as we want to start a little family tradition of reading this on Christmas Eve as her bedtime story! Beautifully illustrated and a really lovely story! Would really recommend it
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A lovely book, with traditional pictures. This is a poem that has been read to all of my grandchildren on Christmas Eve, before bed, and has become a tradition (along with the Christmas pyjamas) in their families. This new purchase is for the latest addition and so the story continues and a new tradition starts
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This is a lovely book - beautifully illustrated and, of course, Moore's poem is a classic. A magical read for children on Christmas Eve.
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The American Classic written by Clement C Moore.
Well illustrated by Robert Ingpen.
The really isn't any thing else to say.
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The font is a little large for my liking, but I'm probably just being picky. Would probably suit people with small children who would like to read along over your shoulder. The illustrations are gorgeous as ever. Love Robert Ingpen's work.
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There are countless versions of this book on offer, and I took a long time selecting this one. It's beautiful hardback with more old fashioned feel and text plus delightful illustrations. I'm hoping the reading of this to our new daughter will become a family Christmas tradition.
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