Review by C.J. Bunce

Two big storybooks for kids from Abrams fuse classic Christmas tales with traditional music boxes built into the books’ bindings.  Previously released is a retelling of The Nutcracker in rhyming verse illustrated by Bodil Jane, and new for this holiday season is Clement C. Moore’s Twas the Night Before Christmas {originally published as A Visit from St. Nicholas), illustrated by Raquel Martin.  Each includes a classic music box mechanism readers can crank to listen to music cheer for all to hear while reading.  Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker plays on the first book and Deck the Halls plays with Moore’s poem.

Take a look inside each book below.

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