Thursday, December 31, 2015

Knights before Christmas by: Joan Holub

Title: The Knights Before Christmas
Author: Joan Holub 
Illustrator: Scott Magoon 
Publication Date: September 8, 2015  
Publisher: Macmillan / Henry Holt
Pages: 32  
Recommended Ages: 4 to 8

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!

I loved Holub's Knights before Christmas a humorous take on Twas the Night Before Christmas.  In the classroom it could be used along side of the Traditional version to do a compare / contrast lesson.  Yes, I'd recommend this book.  It is a fun version that any medieval lover will quickly fall in love with. The illustrations are bright and bold and very eye catching. 

The Knights Before Christmas Joan Holub SIBA 2015 imageJoan Holub is the author of 140+ books for children including the acclaimed picture books Little Red Writing, The Knights Before Christmas, and Mighty Dads, a New York Times bestseller. Joan co-authors (with Suzanne Williams) three series: Goddess Girls (ages 8-12, Greek mythology with a middle school twist), Grimmtastic Girls (for ages 8-12, fairy tale adventure with a middle school twist), and Heroes in Training (ages 6-11, Greek mythology adventure chapter books). Watch for her upcoming chapter book, What Was Woodstock?, and her board book, This Little President, both available in early 2016!

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