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The Night Before Christmas: A Magical Cut-Paper Edition
From the Classic Rhyme by Clement C. Moore, and Illustrated by Niroot Puttapipat
I discovered this book through the artist, Niroot Puttapipat - someone I personally consider a friend,and have watched in delight since I discovered their artwork on DeviantART. I am an enormous fan of their work, which also prompted me to start trying to seriously draw traditionally again. This very classic Christmas poem has been recreated in a highly original way through Niroot's cut-paper silhouettes and astonishingly fine detail. The dramatic highlight has to be the amazing pop-up at the end of the book, of Father Christmas and his reindeer, arcing across the rooftops.
The original story was published in 1825, as "Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas". Written by Clement C. Moore, it recreated the merry Yuletide Santa Claus and has been republished with various illustrations through the years since then. A classic Christmas story, this is the perfect gift for a child. And with the artwork in this edition, it is is transformed into a highly respectable coffee table book, or cherished gift for an art lover.
You can see various of the illustrations throughout this page, as well as a sample of Niroot's other works. Many of Niroot's illustrations - most of my favourites, actually - are commissions for the Folio Society - for example, Edward FitzGerald's translation of the Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám, published this year in a limited edition of 1,000 copies. (This has now sold out - and each copy went for AUS$ 995.00!). I consider this a tragedy, as most of the books end up in private collections, and I'll probably never even see one! (I did recently discover, entirely by chance, that the cover of the book I was reading - Dragonfire, by Charles Ashton - was also illustrated by Niroot. So I have something, at least!
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The Night Before Christmas: A Magical Cut-Paper Edition - illustrated by Niroot Puttapipat
And here's the book itself. The Amazon reviews from customers are also quite enchanted with the book - do read them!
Delicate cut-paper illustrations let readers peek ahead to the next scene in this elegant edition of a classic poem evoking the anticipation of Christmas Eve.Clement C. Moore’s "Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas," first published in 1825, spurred a revision of Yuletide traditions with its image of a merry Santa Claus beloved by children around the world. Now a cut-paper edition of the poem, with exquisite illustrations by Niroot Puttapipat, elicits the magic of the season through moonlit silhouettes. With scenes that transform with the turn of each page, revealing the fine details and decorations of a festive family home, this keepsake edition features a final pop-up spread that captures all the excitement of a special night.
Front Jacket of The Night Before Christmas - And about the author and artist
Clement C. Moore was born in 1779 in New York City and went on to become a philanthropist and professor of theology and ancient languages. He was the father of nine children, for whom he often wrote poetry.
Niroot Puttapipat grew up in Thailand, and now lives in London. Niroot has had a lifelong interest in literature and art - and is very well read - and is the grandchild of a Lanna* Princess. The other generally available book the illustrated was the Muscians of Bremen - in watercolours, rather than silhouettes.
(*The Kingdom of Lanna is now a part of Northern Thailand - more in the Wikipedia article)
The First Spread: 'Twas the night before Christmas - 'Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
And mamma in her ’kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter’s nap,
From the toy soldiers under the rocking horse, to the mice in the attic, the teapot in the study, and the delicate curlicues of the wrought iron stair rail, this first page has plenty to look at and admire.
Scanned from actual book spread. The original silhouettes were drawn in black ink and gouache.
When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash,
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash.
The moon on the breast of the new-fallen snow
Gave the lustre of mid-day to objects below,
When, what to my wondering eyes should appear,
But a miniature sleigh, and eight tiny reindeer,
With a little old driver, so lively and quick,
I knew in a moment it must be St. Nick.
Stunning artwork - frankly, I want this just for the artist.
Santa's On His Way - More rapid than eagles his coursers they came, And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
More rapid than eagles his coursers they came,And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name;
What did you think? - As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly, When they meet with an obstacle, mount to the sky;
Write a review, add a comment, or debate someone who disagrees with you.
What did you think?
Rate it, if you dare... - So up to the house-top the coursers they flew, With the sleigh full of Toys, and St. Nicholas too.
On a scale of 1-7, what did you REALLY think?
The 6th Spread - And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof The prancing and pawing of each little hoof.
As I drew my head
and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas
came with a bound.
He was dressed all in fur,
from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished
with ashes and soot.
Scanned from actual book spread. The original silhouettes were drawn in black ink and gouache. Pay particular attention to the Christmas tree decorations - from the top down, they illustrate a well known Christmas song and tradition. And can you see Santa Claus in the next room...?
The Final Pop-Up - A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back, And he looked like a pedler just opening his pack.
Santa Claus and his reindeer, flying over the roofs!
The Golden Treasury Bookshop Christmas Window Display - His eyes - how they twinkled! his dimples how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
The Golden Treasury Bookshop in Southwest London reproduced the silhouettes from the book's illustrations for their 2008 Christmas widnow display!
More Christmas Window Displays!
More Art From Himmapaan - His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;
More fantastic cut-paper and watercolour illustrations by Niroot turn up in the books below.
Reviews of The Night Before Christmas - The stump of a pipe he held tight in his teeth, And the smoke it encircled his head like a wreath;
- Himmapaan on deviantART
Niroot Puttapipat's art gallery on DeviantART.
- Keri Recommends: The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore, Illustrations by Niroot Puttapipat,
This is a review I did for Children's Literature for a book that is now selling like hotcakes and garnered a spot in the Top 10 Holiday Books from Publisher's Weekly. It's gratifying to have my judgment affirmed. I hope everyone enjoys the season
- Article: Clement C. Moore: The Night before Christmas: A Magical Paper-Cut Edition.(Brief article)(C
Clement C. Moore The Night before Christmas: A Magical Paper-Cut Edition; illus, by Niroot Puttapipat 24 pp. Candlewick 10/07 ISBN 978-0-7636-3469-8 $16.00 g (Primary) Any new edition of this poem is all about the illustrations, of course, and the n
- A Review of the Best Four Editions of The Night Before Christmas - Associated Content - associatedco
The Night Before Christmas Candlewick Press, 2007 The exquisite cut paper illustrations created by Niroot Puttapipat, the London based grandson of a Thai princess, bring a delicate elegance to this classic poem. The moonlit silhouettes change from
The Final Illustration - He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, And filled all the stockings; then turned with a jerk,
Tailpiece for The Night Before Christmas, by Clement C. Moore, published by Walker Books, 2007 .
Scanned from actual book page. The original silhouettes were drawn in black ink and gouache.
Other Versions of Clement C. Moore's "The Night Before Christmas" - He was chubby and plump, a right jolly old elf, And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of my
Some for children and some for adults...
The Night Before Christmas Recordable Storybook - From Hallmark
Hallmark brought out these recordable storybooks in 2009 - you can record your voice as you turn the pages, and then your grandchild (or whoever you give it to) can listen to your voice as they read (or look at the pictures!).
They sold out incredibly fast, and could only be found for high prices from people who bought early and were selling them on Amazon. Hopefully they'll bring out more for 2010!
Now you can read to little loved ones even when you're not there. Our new Recordable Storybooks will preserve and play your voice—or Grandma's, and aunt's, a sister's or a friend's—reading The Night Before Christmas page-by-page for a family treasure that lasts (even after the battery is replaced).
Postscript of utmost importance
But I heard him exclaim, ere he drove out of sight, "Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night."
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