Perfect Picture Book Friday: THE NIGHT BAAFORE CHRISTMAS Plus Giveaway

Happy Perfect Picture Book Friday, my friends! For more wonderful book reviews, don’t forget to hop over to Susanna Hill’s blog.

Before we get to our super book, I need to announced some winners of a past giveaway. Earlier this month, we had a double decker prize: a copy of I AM A THIEF by author Abigail Rayner and a pb manuscript critique by the illustrator, Molly Ruttan.

And the winners are:

A copy of I AM A THIEF – Hedy Frazier

A pb ms critique – Lynn Rogalsky

Congratulations! I will be contacting you both shortly!

And the kidlit awesomeness keeps on coming. I’m SOOO excited about our book today…I’ve known the author, Dawn Young, for almost as long as I’ve been in this incredible kidlit world. She and her publisher are providing a copy of the book as a giveaway…so make sure you leave a comment. She was the genius behind “It’s All About the Rhyme” which celebrated Angie Karcher’s RhyPiBoMo (Rhyming Picture Book Month) Challenge that later morphed into the Rhyme Revolution Challenge. I remember being so impressed with her ease in front of the camera and how she had created such an adorable parody of the popular song of that time, All About the Bass. At the end of this post, I’ll embed that YouTube video…you are in for a treat!

But for now, you are in for another treat.

the night baafore christmas


Written by Dawn Young

Illustrated by Pablo Pino

Published by Worthy Kids (October 1, 2019)

Ages: 4-8

Themes: Christmas, bedtime, humor

Synopsis: From Amazon:

Bo just wants to fall asleep before Santa comes, but when the sheep he’s counting rebel and wreak havoc around the house, Christmas Eve starts to go baa-dly wrong.

It’s Christmas Eve and Bo can’t sleep, so he starts counting sheep. But when the sheep get bored, they scatter, wreaking holiday mayhem all over the house. “Sheep 4 gnaws the stockings–leaves holes in the toes; 5 swallows some garland, and tinsel, and bows!” Children can count along with Bo as he finds the 10 mischievous sheep misbehaving throughout the house. With a house full of sheep and a mess to clean, will Bo get to sleep before Santa comes? Find out in this hilarious story of a night before Christmas gone wrong. With exuberant verse and comical illustrations, this book will have children begging for repeat readings.

Why I love this book:

  • Seriously, this book is so much fun! And the rhyme is spot-on! And vibrant pictures will have every reader eager for more.


Paper Plate Sheep

What fun! You will need a paper plate, construction paper, cotton balls, scissors, and glue. For detailed instructions, watch the short video.

And just as I promised, here is the video of ‘All About the Rhyme’…get ready to rock!!!

Were you able to stay in your chair? It always puts a smile on my face. And another thing that puts a smile on my face is when readers celebrate their favorite authors by:

  • Buying their books
  • Reviewing their books
  • Telling friends about their books – can you share this post on social media?
  • Asking libraries to purchase copies for their collections

Please don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway…and let us know if you were able to share the post on your social media channels like Twitter and Facebook because there’s a book to giveaway and you get extra chances every time you share the post.


52 thoughts on “Perfect Picture Book Friday: THE NIGHT BAAFORE CHRISTMAS Plus Giveaway

  1. What a rollicking book! I’m sure my niece would like it very much, and I am thinking it might be a good fit for our community radio station’s “bedtime stories” program. I was happy to share your post on Twitter.

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  2. My copy of The Night Baafore Christmas arrived, and it is truly one of the funniest children’s books I have ever read! The rhythm of the rhymes is irresistible–I had to read it aloud to our dogs just for the pleasure of hearing the words aloud. Thank you so much for this giveaway! My copy of this book will be going to my niece and nephew, but I’ll be buying additional copies to share with other kids in our circle–this excellent book needs to be read by/to many, many of the kids we love.


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