It’s December 23, and Christmas is just around the corner. But one family is having trouble getting its act together. Once again, Natasha Wing follows the rhythms and meter of Clement Moore’s classic Christmas poem, yet gives it her own entirely original twist.
Far from the picturesque Christmas season we all love to imagine, The Night Before the Night Before Christmas paints a holiday season in turmoil that we all readily recognize from personal experience. Mike Lester’s ink and watercolor illustrations give the story a comic-like feel consistent with the hectic tone of the story. Wing skillfully handles the rhyming while Wing and Lester both tie in a few nice nods to classic Christmas traditions and stories (the family’s Christmas tree is reminiscent of another sad looking tree selected by the ever hopeful Charlie Brown.) While the family is plagued with more than enough chaos two days before Christmas, things finally resolve and a peaceful Christmas spirit is achieved by the night before Christmas. A solid and original addition to children’s holiday literature.
Natasha is best known for her “The Night Before” series that’s based on the Christmas classic, The Night Before Christmas. She writes mostly fiction for young children, but has also published narrative non-fiction. “I like finding little known facts about well-known people and sharing them with kids.” Three of her books have been translated into foreign languages. Natasha has been publishing since 1994 and has more stories in the works. She lives with her husband and cat, Purrsia, in Colorado. She collects squished pennies. Her happy place is being at the beach.
Put a kid in a room alone with nothing but pencils, paper, his own imagination and you get me.
By normal standards I should be an anti-social home pest exterminator by day and WWF fan by night. But I’m not. I’m a cartoonist and for two reasons: I could not hit the curve but I could hit a nerve.
I am classically trained to be able to find the classical station when I need to. Beyond that, I’ve been making it up since I was in that room alone.
Truth is, God was in there with me just like he is today and we’ve managed to knock out some pretty decent work in a number of different areas working with some incredibly talented people and for some great clients.
There are more wooden plaques on the wall than I ever imagined. All of them spelled my name right and frankly, I deserve them. But my beautiful wife, my two children, Mom, cat and completely untrainable dog I do not deserve. They are simply a blessing for which I am thankful everyday. (Bio via mikelester.com)