The Night Before The Night Before Christmas – Book Giveaway

The Night Before Christmas9780989810821_p0_v1_s260x420The Night Before The Night Before Christmas

Jay Dee, Author

Darren Geers, Illustrators

Kraine Kreative, Fiction, Nov. 3, 2014

Suitable for Ages: 3 and up

Themes: Santa, Elves, Workshop, Christmas

Opening: “At the North Pole — buried deep in glistening, powdery white snow– lies the cabin of Santa Claus. Outside, not a sound could be heard…But inside, on this night –the night before the night before Christmas — Santa’s cabin was anything but quiet.”

Book Synopsis: At Santa’s workshop, the night before the night before Christmas is hardly a time to rest. The elves work tirelessly to get the final toys made before Christmas Eve, but Elfie just can’t keep pace. He spends too much time making his toys perfect, and when Santa comes to check on production, all the elves are surprised by his reaction.


Illustrations Courtesy of Darren Geers

Why I like this book: Children worldwide know about the night before Christmas, but have they ever wondered about the night before that night at the North Pole? Jay Dee has written a heartwarming Christmas story about Elfie who makes sure that his toys are flawless and that gets him in trouble with the head elf, Nathan. Elfie is behind the other elves and shutters when he hears Santa is on his way to inspect the progress in the workshop. I like the book’s theme about doing your best no matter how others feel.  Giving your best is all the counts. The story is very creative reminder about the true meaning of Christmas and the holiday season.  Darren Geers illustrations are eye-popping, expressive and gorgeous — just look at the expression on Elfie’s face on the cover. Geers sketches his illustrations with ink and digitally colors them.  They really make this book a standout for children. Visit Jay Dee at his website.ElfiePage8_9_revision1

Resources/Activities:  After reading the book, provide your kids with paper, crayons, scissors, glitter and glue and encourage them to draw a favorite Christmas scene related to the book or to the true story of Christmas. Make an elf mobile. Have children make a Christmas list, but a list that they would give to a special child in need.  Drop off a toy to “Toys for Tots” or look at programs your church may sponsor to help the less fortunate.

Book Giveaway:  Participants must be U.S. residents. All you need to do is leave a comment and indicate that you are interested in receiving a copy.  A winner will be selected randomly. Comment by 11:59 EST December 4.  I will announce the winner on my blog December 7.  Please make sure I know how to get in touch with you (via Blog, FB, E-mail, Twitter) if you are selected.

Every Friday, authors and KidLit bloggers post a favorite picture book. To see a complete listing of all the Perfect Picture Books (PPB) with resources, please visit author Susanna Leonard Hill’s Perfect Picture Books.

About Patricia Tiltonhttps://childrensbooksheal.wordpress.comI want "Children's Books Heal" to be a resource for parents, grandparents, teachers and school counselors. My goal is to share books on a wide range of topics that have a healing impact on children who are facing challenges in their lives. If you are looking for good books on grief, autism, visual and hearing impairments, special needs, diversity, bullying, military families and social justice issues, you've come to the right place. I also share books that encourage art, imagination and creativity. I am always searching for those special gems to share with you. If you have a suggestion, please let me know.

46 thoughts on “The Night Before The Night Before Christmas – Book Giveaway

  1. What a beautiful book, Pat, with such a quirky fun character. I love the message of doing your best for others. The illustrations are gorgeous and what a great way to remind us about giving to others. I had tonight been looking at another sponsor for children called Operation Christmas Child. Have a happy Thanks Giving, Pat.


    • The book is simply stunning for kids. They will love the illustrations and the story. It is a time to think about others. Yes, I’m very familiar with Operation Christmas Child, as I’ve been packing boxes for 8 years involving kids at church.


  2. I always enjoy your reviews and pass them on to friends who will benefit. I would like to be entered in the book giveaway so I could share this story. Thank you!


  3. Hm-m-m… I never really thought about what went on the night before the night before Christmas. I guess things might get a bit hectic, what with last-minute detailing and checking the lists thrice.


  4. Pat, This sounds like a wonderful book. Love that the author added the theme of perfectionism/taking pride in one’s work. The illustrations are wonderful. Not sure if the title is a bit confusing for kids, though.


    • Yes, the artwork wowed me too. This book has an inspirational message at the end. My favorite station is the Hallmark Station because they are running Christmas movies 24/7 now — Thursdays feature a lot of oldies.


  5. Great idea and fun illustrations! For a look at what people versus elves are doing the night before Christmas Eve, read The Night Before the Night Before Christmas by Natasha Wing. It would make for a funny split screen comparison.


  6. Pingback: The Night Before The Night Before Christmas – Book Giveaway | Natasha Wing

  7. We love to read at our house. Christmas is such a magical time that’s made even more special with children. I would love to be able to share this book with my 2 year old daughter. My husband and I are already trying to show her how proud we are of her hard work. The books seems like it has a great message and the illustrations look fantastic. Fingers crossed we are the lucky winners!


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