(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 KRCC.

 

2 Responses to An Out-of-Print Night Before Xmas

  1. Thanks for this unexpected seasonal goodie, and good job, Ursen!

  2. Jim Jackson says:

    Beautiful! Good job Ursen!

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