Holly Hobbie's The Night Before Christmas (1976)

Holly Hobbie's The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clark Moore, illustrated by Holly Hobbie.
Platt & Munk, 1976.

I was going to save this book until closer to Christmas, but I just couldn't help myself.  The other night, this entry over at The Marlowe Bookshelf caught my eye.  This is when I truly hate not working in a bookstore.  I miss finding out super-wonderful stuff, such as the fact that Holly Hobbie has a new version of The Night Before Christmas this year!  Now I find out, now, after I have bought the girls their gifts, and after I have blown my book budget.

I mean, look at this cover.  Isn't it gorgeous?  You can see excerpts of it here.
The Night Before Christmas by Holly Hobbie, poem by Clement Clark Moore.
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2013.

As you can see from my lead photo, I do have a Holly Hobbie-illustrated version of The Night Before Christmas.  Mine, however, comes from the 1970s heyday of the blue girl, also known as Holly Hobbie, and her friends.  

Ooooo, endpapers...

I do love me some Holly Hobbie.  See more on the blog here, or check out my Pinterest board "Holly Hobbie Love."

And Santa, if you're reading this, I would love Holly Hobbie's new version of The Night Before Christmas, please.

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  1. too funny!!! i'm doing the night before christmas today too! tasha's version. this is GORGEOUS and so is that new one, I saw that over at marlowe's and was like, WOWZA. I could have a whole shelf of Night Before Christmas books and still want more. more more more.

    1. There are so many wonderful Night Before Christmases out there. Arthur Rackham, Jessie Willcox Smith, Leonard Weisgard, your beloved Gyo, Mary Engelbreit, Jan Brett, Corinne Malvern, W.W. Denslow, some beautiful editions by amazing illustrators with lesser-known names. Google the Denslow version: the illustrations are awesome! The sugar plums!

      I found some cool websites with antique illustrations scanned for all to see!


  2. Adorable!!! I just love this book in all the versions I have seen! This one is very sweet and old!

    1. Not too old, though - check out the links in my response to Melissa. VERY, very old pictures! :)

      I love this one, though, as Holly Hobbie was so much a part of my childhood. Even if I had to live with my Holly Hobbie wallpaper until I was 18...

  3. Your 1970s version is such kitschy fun--love it! xo Jennifer

    1. I wish the children were Holly and Amy and Heather and Carrie and company from the '70s. ;)

  4. I'm feeling extremely envious... I want your book and I want the new book and I've also blown my budget. Really really gorgeous illustrations you've shown here. That is such a sweet and jolly santa! love it all.

    1. I love the smoke fairies, encircling his head like a wreath!

      I really, really want the new one, though.

  5. How gorgeous is this?!? I love it. I want it. I've blown my budget too, needless to say :)


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