The Knights Before Christmas
by Joan Holub
Illustrator: Scott Magoon
Recommended Ages: 4 to 8
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‘Twas December 24th, and three brave knights were just settling in for the night when out on the drawbridge, there arose such a clatter! The knights try everything to get rid of this unknown invader (Santa Claus!), a red and white knight with a fleet of dragons . . .
But nothing would stop
their white-whiskered foe.
No matter their efforts,
he just would not go!
This parody of Clement Clarke Moore’s well-known poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas is kid-friendly, clever, and just plain silly. Sure to become a holiday classic of a different kind!
The Knights Before Christmas is another great book by author Joan Holub with adorable and colorful illustrations by Scott Magoon. I thought that the knight themed take on ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas was adorable. What kid doesn’t like knights? The fact that the knights are trying to keep Santa out of the castle is very funny! The little added text in the illustrations definitely bring out the humor in the story. I know that parents will enjoy reading this story to their children as there are things only grown-ups will get in the little added bits of humor. The coat of arms and drawing the bridge are so cute and just cracked me up.
You need to share this book with your children this Christmas. They will laugh as you read this to them, and they’ll love the bright and fun illustrations. I definitely recommend adding The Knights Before Christmas to your Christmas tradition this year.
The Buzz About the Book
“There’s an excellent interplay between the amusing illustrations and the polished text, with lots of clever jokes for readers to discover in the art. These knights know how to keep the castle safe and the readers entertained”~ Kirkus Reviews
“A royal romp of holiday pratfalls and punnery. Yule love it!” ~ Tom Lichtenheld, bestselling illustrator of Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site
“A royal delight of a book! Sure to become a favorite holiday read-aloud in every household throughout the land!” ~ Judy Schachner, creator of the bestselling Skippyjon Jones
“A great premise…Magoon’s illustrations are vibrant and fun…!” ~ Publishers Weekly
“This rousing, ridiculous medieval “Night Before Christmas” parody jingles with castle- and holiday wordplay. Cheeky digital illustrations brim with good cheer.” ~ Horn Book
About the Author: Joan Holub
Joan Holub is the author of 140+ books for children including the acclaimed picture books Little Red Writing, The Knights Before Christmas, and Mighty Dads, a New York Times bestseller. Joan co-authors (with Suzanne Williams) three series: Goddess Girls (ages 8-12, Greek mythology with a middle school twist), Grimmtastic Girls (for ages 8-12, fairy tale adventure with a middle school twist), and Heroes in Training (ages 6-11, Greek mythology adventure chapter books). Watch for her upcoming chapter book, What Was Woodstock?, and her board book, This Little President, both available in early 2016!
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