Thursday, December 10, 2015

Book Review: The Knights Before Christmas by Joan Holub

I received this book for free to review through Mother Daughter Book Reviews.
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About the Book

Title: The Knights Before Christmas |
Author: Joan Holub
Illustrator: Scott Magoon | 
Publication Date: September 8, 2015 | Publisher: Macmillan / Henry Holt |
Pages: 32
Recommended Ages: 4 to 8

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Book Description:

'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!

Sneak Peek

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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

My thoughts:
I have read this book two nights in a row as a bed time story to my three children and they loved every single page. Me too! This book is hilarious and in my opinion the perfect children's bedtime story for Christmas. My boys (2 and 4) loved the illustrations the most I think because they kept pointing to everything on every page. My daughter loved everything and thought it was so funny especially when the knights confuse the reindeer for dragons. My favorite thing was how the Christmas songs were changed a little to go with the knights theme. There isn't anything I could think of that I didn't love about The Knights Before Christmas. I give this book 5 stars!

About the Author: Joan Holub

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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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