(We recommend clicking on the arrows in the lower right-hand corner of the slideshow to watch this in full-screen.)

If you’ve ever poked around in the children’s section at the Penrose Public Library downtown then you may have seen a little locked glass cabinet full of lovely, out-of-print children’s books. We had a feeling they might have a wonderful edition of Clement C. Moore’s The Night Before Christmas. And indeed they had several: one illustrated by the inimitable Arthur Rackham (which, sadly, was missing most of the color plates) and the other illustrated in 1954 by Roger Duvoisin, author and illustrator of books like Petunia and Donkey-Donkey. Perhaps most famously, Duvoisin illustrated The Happy Lion, which was written by his wife Louise Fatio.

We thought it a rare treat to get to see this book and thought we’d share it with you in a slideshow with a dramatic reading by TBS Producer Noel Black’s son, Ursen. The music is “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” by Tchaikovsky from the Nutcracker. Many thanks to the Pikes Peak Library District.

Happy Holidays to you from The Big Something and we’ll see you next year!


5 Responses to An Out-Of-Print Night Before Christmas

  1. Liz Arnold says:

    What a treat! Thank you Ursen, for the wonderful reading of this favorite story! It is obvious that you really practiced – it is not an easy book to read! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

  2. Sandra says:

    Loved it!!! Thanks Ursen!

  3. Gloria says:

    Wow, that brings back wonderful memories. Good Job, Ursen! Happy New Year to you and your extended family.

  4. Karen says:

    Ursen I haven’t read this story in many years. What a great job you did reading this wonderful holiday tale.

  5. […] by Tchaikovsky from the Nutcracker. Many thanks to the Pikes Peak Library District.Click HERE to read the original post and learn more about the book in this slide show.Happy Holidays to you […]


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