“An innovative and heartwarming take on a classic that evokes the Christmas spirit and a feeling of universal belonging—a must own!”
Clement C. Moore’s classic poem is given an infusion of modern warmth in this new, spectacularly-illustrated edition. Featuring four families and one miniature Santa Claus, Long cyclically transports the reader and familiar text to display each family’s Christmas Eve preparations with illustrations that are a beautiful blend of nostalgia and modernism. The diversity of the four families picture extends beyond racial diversity to also showcase religious diversity, socio-economic diversity and— most prevalently—home and location diversity in a masterstroke that provides children around the world an opportunity to see an aspect of their own holiday celebrations as they read rather than requiring them to compare their own traditions to the traditional ideal. From a country home to a city apartment to a trailer park to the tropics, there are a host of details to delight and inspire investigation—different treats (key lime pie), decorations (a drawn paper fireplace), ornaments, creches (and a dog menorah!), tree sizes, and colors, etc.
Clement C. Moore’s classic The Night Before Christmas has been illustrated countless times, but this is definitely my new favorite—Long’s take is both fresh and utterly timeless and I just love it! By featuring four families and featuring economic and location diversity (farm living, city living, trailer park living and Carribean? living) I felt like this was a really poignant and heart-touching reminder of the universality and joy of the season.
Loren Long grew up in Lexington, Kentucky. He pursued graduate-level studies at the American Academy of Art in Chicago after graduating with a BA in Graphic Design/Art Studio from the University of Kentucky. After graduation Long worked as an illustrator for a greeting card company in Cincinnati before beginning his career as a freelance illustrator.Since then, Long has received numerous accolades for his fluid WPA painting style. He has been awarded two gold medals from the Society of Illustrators in New York, and has been frequently selected for their annual exhibition and book. His work has also appeared in many other major annual exhibitions such as American Illustration, Communication Arts, Step By Step Graphics and Print.