In this reworking of the classic The Night Before Christmas
, a twist of country flair is added, making Santa’s appearance as grand as any Nashville show. Plastic wreaths and aluminum trees, along with a backdrop of neighborhood houses ablaze with lights, electric angels, and snowmen, set the stage for an entrance unlike any other.
Nestled behind the wheel of a red ’56 Cadillac, Santa is joined by a lively group of elves who provide him with the music and melody to give one astounding performance that is pure country. From his white jean outfit and gold-studded red leather boots to his distribution of presents to the beat of his bass, Santa shows that a dash of country-western flair that makes the holiday season just right.
About the Author
Thomas N. Turner is an assistant professor of education at the University of Tennessee, functioning as program area leader of holistic teaching/learning, which prepares elementary-school, special-education, and reading teachers. Turner has had over 2,000 articles published in professional journals and textbooks and served as editor of the Tennessee Association of Middle School Journals from 1995 to 2002. Turner is also the author of Hillbilly Night Afore Christmas, also published by Pelican.
About the Illustrator
James Rice (1934-2004), in his long, distinguished career as an author and illustrator, produced fifty-plus children’s books, among them an addition to the Night Before Christmas series, Gullah Night Before Christmas. With more than a million and a half copies of his books in print, he ranks among the nation’s best-selling creators of children’s books. Mr. Rice died at his home in Hico, Texas in May 2004.
COUNTRY MUSIC NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
By Thomas N. Turner
Illustrated by James Rice
JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Celebrations / Christmas & Advent
32 pp. 8½ x 11
31 color illustrations