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The Knights Before Christmas

The Knights Before Christmas

Joan Holub; illustrations by Scott Magoon

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


A humorous retelling of the classic poem Twas the Night Before Christmas--with a medieval twist!

'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.

A Christy Ottaviano Book

Praise for The Knights Before Christmas

“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

This medieval “Night Before Christmas” parody jingles with castle- and holiday wordplay. Cheeky digital illustrations brim with good cheer."-The Horn Book

“This story does for numbers what Laurie Keller did for states.” —Booklist on Zero the Hero by Joan Holub

“Read this aloud to whet the new reader's appetite, but there is just so much to see that only a slow reading, with a magnifying glass in hand, will do.” —The Horn Book Magazine on Zero the Hero by Joan Holub

“* Richly composed and sweetly appealing.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review on Breathe by Scott Magoon

“Entertaining and clever--and that's no lie.” —Kirkus Reviews on The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot by Scott Magoon


Reviews from Goodreads

Joan Holub; illustrations by Scott Magoon

Joan Holub is the author and illustrator of more that 130 children's books, including Zero the Hero, Little Red Writing, and the Goddess Girls series. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Scott Magoon is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including Spoon and Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal, and the author and illustrator of The Boy Who Cried Bigfoot and Breathe. The art director at Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, he lives in the Boston area with his wife and two sons.

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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