‘Twas the Fright Before Christmas
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30.‘Twas the Fright Before Christmas (Harcourt, 2002)
Judy Sierra & Will Hillenbrand
(Kindergarten-Grade 3)

When a little mouse accidentally tickles a dragon’s snout during a winter night in a haunted house, it sets off a series of cumulative actions which throw all of the creatures into a frenzy.

“'Twas the night before Christmas and not only is a mouse stirring, he is delivering gifts to a haunted house and driving a sleigh powered by eight tiny bats in Sierra and Hillenbrand's… gigglishly ghoulish, Halloween-inspired rendition of Moore's Christmas classic.”

Publishers Weekly

“Although the story is entertaining for its unique juxtaposing of Halloween and Christmas elements, it also contains some subtle logic lessons in sequential thinking. Legions of little monster fans will find this innovation more fun than the original.”

Kirkus Reviews

“… the real fun lies in the charming illustrations. Kids will grin at the dragon's gaping nostrils, the manticore’s one sock, and the fact that almost all of the creatures have a small object to cuddle. [A] tiny mouse appears on almost every spread but must be hunted for, adding to the entertainment…”

School Library Journal