REVIEW: The Lobsters’ Night Before Christmas by Christina Laurie Illustrated by Elizabeth Moisan
Creatures of the ocean celebrate Christmas Eve in an undersea retelling of “A Visit by St. Nicholas” by Rev. Clement C. Moore. Under the waves and surrounded by swaying ocean eel grass, Sea Santa makes his yearly Christmas journey. Pulled in his clamshell sleigh by his eight faithful minnows, beautiful watercolor paintings illustrate his visit to a family of lobsters. Told in sweet and clever rhyme, The Lobsters’ Night Before Christmas combines a holiday classic with delightful newness. After the poem, children can learn fun facts about lobsters, such as what they look like, what they eat, and how they molt. See if you can find the lobster hiding in the eel grass throughout the book!
“Twas the night before Christmas and all through the ocean
Not a creature was stirring, there was simply no motion.
Well the lobster author and his wife might be settling down to a quiet night but soon they realize that something is afloat. Who could it be but Sea Santa in his sleigh being pulled by paddling minnows.
Down in the the ocean the mini-fish swam
While Sea Nick brought toys for each lobster and clam.
But Sea Santa has no time to dawdle and soon is calling out “Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight.”
I had fun reading about Sea Nick and his minnows dashing across the sand to deliver prezzies to all the lobsters and clams. The illustrations are cute (look for the blue lobster hidden in the swaying eel grass) and there are lobster facts at the end. B