“’Twas the night before Christmas . . .” and Texas is ready and waiting for old Santy to appear. You may know the story, but you’ve never heard it like this before. Based on Clement C. Moore’s poem, Texas Night Before Christmas
is filled with images of the Lone Star State, whimsical illustrations, and playful text.
It’s an icy Christmas Eve as this Texas family prepares for Santy’s visit. A great ruckus arouses Pa, and he spies Santy himself in full Western garb: rawhide suit, Stetson, and cowboy boots. He fills the young’uns’ waiting boots, then warms himself a while before leaving for his next stop. As Ma and Pa lose sight of him in the fog, Santy calls out, “Merry Christmas, y’heah? And y’all have a good night!”
About the Author/Illustrator
Author/illustrator James Rice (1934-2004) produced sixty books, including the illustrations for Pelican’s treasured The Night Before Christmas Series. Mr. Rice’s first book, the well-loved classic Cajun Night Before Christmas, has more than 750,000 copies in print. Young readers also enjoy Cowboy Night Before Christmas, Redneck Night Before Christmas, and Texas Jack at the Alamo. With almost two million copies of his books in print, Mr. Rice ranks among the nation’s best-selling creators of children’s books, receiving awards from Printer Industries of America and the Children’s Book Council.
TEXAS NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
Written and Illustrated by James Rice
JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent
32 pp. 8 1/2 x 11
Color and b/w illus. 10th ptg.