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Another Night Before Christmas

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  248 ratings  ·  34 reviews
'On the night before Christmas,
A child in a house,
As the whole family slept,
Behaved just like a mouse ... '

It's the night before Christmas and a young girl creeps down the stairs, determined to find out for certain whether Santa is real ... But try as she might, she can't keep awake and is soon fast asleep.

She doesn't stir, even when Santa and his reindeer land on her
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published 2010 by Picador (first published January 1st 2005)
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Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
Well, I figured this would be the best time to post my review of this. It seems somewhat appropriate. Not that I’m overexcited about Christmas tomorrow or anything (let’s out a silent scream). Seriously though, I love Christmas and I make sure I’ve got a few Christmassy things to read over the period to keep me feeling festive.

'On the night before Christmas,
A child in a house,
As the whole family slept,
Behaved just like a mouse ... '


This poem was good, but not remarkable. The best thing about it
Joey Woolfardis
Two things:
I hate Christmas.
I'm not that in to poetry.

This was nice, I suppose. I felt the flow of the line jarred slightly, but I don't know if that's just because Britney Spears was on the radio whilst I read it.

The illustrations were so lovely, though. The black and white with dashes of gold sat alongside the verses very well.

It was simple, tiny, quick. Kind of regurgitating many other books that have a "if you don't believe you won't ever find it" notion about them, which is grand if
Angela Groom
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's the night before Christmas and a young girl creeps down the stairs, determined to find out for certain whether Santa is real, but try as she might, she cant keep awake and is soon fast asleep.
She doesn't stir, even when Santa and his reindeer land on her rooftop - but then, when he bursts out of her fireplace, she wakes up to a room filled with magic. As she watches him fly off into the night, she knows that she will never forget this sight because at christmas the best gift is belief.
Thoughts from first read in 2016:

We're celebrating Christmas a day early this year and so this was the first of my many wonderful Christmas gifts to be read and I adored it. The poem is every bit as lovely as you'd expect from Carol Ann Duffy, and the Rob Ryan illustrations are gorgeous. I highly recommend this festive little book!
Karina Webster
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Then she watched as the room filled with magic and light
As the spirit of Christmas made everything bright..” this was wonderful! The rhymes really worked and just really got me in the mood for Christmas! Highly recommend for some festive cheer :)
Nov 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was reminded that it was another night before Christmas last week, 13 November to be precise, when a neighbour introduced a light-up holly wreath in her window, a very large flashing light Christmas tree in the bay window and a large flashing light-up Santa Claus in the background - talk about too early!

But I decided it was time to read a Christmassy book so I chose Carol Ann Duffy's offering. And what a good choice it was for the story and the complementary illustrations are delightful.

Alexandra Hunter
The copy I have is beautiful and illustrated by Rob Ryan. A fab long poem based on 'The Night Before Christmas' about whether Father Christmas is real. He is. Lovely to read to Year 3+
Sarah Hobbs
Miss Duffy uses her poetic skills and proves why she is THE Poet Laurette of the UK in this engaging and highly entertaining little poenovel.

Another Night Before Christmas takes all the elements that we adore from the original, but twists them in a more modern and unique way.

CLICK HERE to read my full review...
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awwww i loved this, a modern retelling of A Ight Before Christmas. Carol's writing is as charming as ever and I love how modern life is weaved into the story.
Marc Boutavant's illistrations are BRILLIANT, hidden everywhere are things to be found, so reading as a child or adult you may pick up on different things.
Great thing for a present.
Dec 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-childrens, 2017
A delightful modernization of the traditional poem. Festive cheer.
Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is sweet and beautifully illustrated!
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
I've read other Duffy Christmas books.
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, xmas
Another Xmas tradition starts in the Plank household. Marvellous stuff and a new twist on the Moore poem.
Callum McLaughlin
Dec 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, festive
Very charming retelling of the classic. I love Rob Ryan's art too.
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lovely little book to read on Christmas Eve with amazing illustrations.
Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars
Susan Rose
This is a modern reinterpretation of the poem 'Twas the night before Christmas', and reading this is a lot more enjoyable if you have read the original. (You can read the orignial here:

This poem has the same humour and lyrical rhyme scheme as the original, but is modernised and talks about TV and celebrities. The plot is a girl who sets out to find if Santa is real, (anymore would spoil it), and the story is so charming it made me feel very christmasey.
Leone Betts
Jan 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Warm and gentle, this is a lovely Christmas read. It's quite different in tone to Clement Clarke Moore - less obviously humorous and more thoughtful. If you've got little ones around, it's just the right length for a bedtime story and the illustrations are unusual but magical. All in all well worth the money and it also provides a quiet, non-religious moment to consider the psychological value of imagination and belief.
Dec 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
What isn't to love about this? Children waiting for Santa and the magic that is in the air, yet no one knows how, it just is. The illustrations are quirky and cute and match the narrative perfectly. Duffy's verse was a little uncomfortable to read the first time, but flows better the more I read it. This is just lovely.
Carol Ann Duffy is a poet I want to like, but never really do. Sadly, this version of The Night Before Christmas is just another example of the curse of the Laureate - neither magical enough to appeal to children, nor really adequate as a social commentary to please adults. Stick with the original, it has more warmth and humour, and it generally scans better, too.
T P Kennedy
Not a patch on the original. That said, it's a good poem in its own right. The updating to modern sensibilities is very clear. A brave attempt to capture some Christmas magic and anchor it to the 21st century.
Dec 17, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The gorgeous cover art lured me in...and it was a sweet story but I do kind of wish I had bought a Terry Pratchett book instead for the same price. This is something you read once and forget about. Still, I like to own beautiful books with illustrations and this is very pretty.
Dec 10, 2015 rated it liked it
A nice little book for Christmas. The illustrations are beautiful. The story's very mice too.
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it
[3.5 stars]
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
A lovely little updated version of this story. A very pretty book with excellent ink drawings. One to read again next year!
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Not as good as the original but very cute. Worth the read. The art is spectacular and doesn't match the cover in this listing. My favorite part was the art!!!
Jan 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Another lovely little epic (is that an oxymoron) I loved it. Sat and read it as soon as I unwrapped it 27/12/10
Dec 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry, hard-copy
The actual book itself is so perfect, Rob Ryan's illustrations are so lovely and ahh, the prettiest book.
My December 2016 reread of Another Night Before Christmas found the extended poem to be just as lovely as ever. The artwork here is gorgeous; minimalist and lovely. A delightful volume.
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Dame Carol Ann Duffy, DBE, FRSL is a Scottish poet and playwright. She is Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University, and was appointed Britain's Poet Laureate in May 2009.

She is the first woman, the first Scot, and the first openly LGBT person to hold the position.

Her collections include Standing Female Nude (1985), winner of a Scottish Arts Council Award; Selling
“She stood upon a continent of ice, which sparkled between sea and sky, endless and dazzling, as though the world kept all its treasure there; a scale which balanced poetry and prayer.” 13 likes
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