Sunday, November 22, 2015

Book Review of The Knights Before Christmas by Author: Joan Holub; Review by Oh My Bookness

The Knights Before Christmas
Author: Joan Holub

Illustrated by: Scott Magoon
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: September 8, 2015
Book length: 32
ISBN-10: 0805099328
ISBN-13: 978-080509932

Book Description:
'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.

The Knights Before Christmas
By: Joan Holub
Review By: Brittany Perez  ( Oh My Bookness )
November 22, 2015

We all mostly know the classic  poem The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clark Moore who acknowledged authorship in 1837 though often it was often debated. As many would lay claim and debate the rightful authorship and believed like to be, Henry Livingston, Jr. Though years of research and debate have not proven concretely. As many would like to believe it was him , he was not solely proven as the rightful author.

 Thus the title never would never be striped from the one who claimed authorship, Clement Clark Moore. Many believe and still do believe Clement Clark Moore is the writer of the classic poem that it had become today! There are only four hand-written copies of the poem known to exist, and three are in museums, including the New-York Historical Society library. The fourth copy, written out and signed by Clement Clarke Moore as a gift to a friend in 1860, was sold by one private collector to another in December 2006. Since its popularity there has been many parodies of the classic poem. 

The Knights Before Christmases, a Christmas children's tale by Joan Holub is another parody of this classic Christmas poem, that will leave children and parents,adults in general, in complete delight. 

Joan Holub is a successful author  of many children stories such as Mighty Dads, The Goddess Girls Series, Grimmastic Girls, Mini-Myths series books, and more. 

Imagine though rose such a clatter….the Knights, as they prepared as for a  silent knight, and the king prepared to tuck into a bed for a restful knight sleep, that noise such a clatter thatVA rose awoke with a shock. The Knights also heard heard and had them curiouser on red alert.

The three Knights faced with this new intruder,trying to protect their king from this “jolly” intruder dressed in a red suit, flushed cheecks all in while trying to defeat what they believed to be dragons... that they believe...they were so…

Joan Holub took Clement Clark Moore’s, The Night Before Christmas and took her cleverly written own rhymed words with Knights, castle,
and their new and time meet with  old St. Nicholas himself. Unsure bravery they try to act brave against man and what they belive to be dragons or are they? It is Medieval times? Would they do them harm and their King. Cleverly weaved into the original poem, you still get the whimsical with a new twist added that is dearly funny an cute and you still feel Moore’s rhyme with the new added elements. And still whimsically Christmases,Mediaeval-ish,and a new fun parody on Moore's.classic poem.

Joan Holub’s The Knights Before Christmas is a parody of The Night Before Christmas. The Knight Before Christmas is a fun whimsical take on the original tale. Do you remember the whimsical the tale,poem, your parents used to read to you? Now just think of it with knights and not so so so….silent.

About Joan Holub:
Joan Holub has been a graphic designer, book designer, illustrator, and is now a children's book author. She has written and/or illustrated over 140 books:
* THE KNIGHTS BEFORE CHRISTMAS, picture book illus by Scott Magoon
* MIGHTY DADS, a New York Times bestselling picture book illus by James Dean, creator of Pete the Cat (Scholastic)
* LITTLE RED WRITING, a picture book illus by Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet (Chronicle Books). Guess who the wolf is! 3 starred reviews + 4 notable lists
* GODDESS GIRLS series puts a modern, middle school spin on Greek Mythology for ages 8-12, co-written with Suzanne Williams
* HEROES IN TRAINING series, chapter books for ages 7-10, co-written with Suzanne Williams
* GRIMMTASTIC GIRLS series, ages 8-12, co-written with Suzanne Williams
* MINI MYTHS board book series, Greek mythology for preschoolers. Play Nice, Hercules! Brush Your Hair, Medusa! Illus by Leslie Patricelli

* THIS LITTLE PRESIDENT, a board book, 2016
* ZERO THE HERO, a picture book illus by NYTimes bestselling Tom Lichtenheld 
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