Mr. Boddington’s Studio: ’Twas the Night Before Christmas

Clement Clarke Moore, illus. by Mr. Boddington. Penguin Workshop, $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-593-38407-7

Readers familiar with Brooklyn, N.Y.–based design and stationery store Mr. Boddington’s Studio will appreciate its recognizable aesthetic in this illustrated volume of Moore’s vintage verses. Bright pink and spearmint–washed spreads, complete with myriad patterns and humorous speech bubbles, pair with scrawled, fine-lined art, opening with a brown-skinned family as Moore’s poem begins. Elves of varying skin tones riding on the backs of the reindeer accompany pale-skinned Santa as he grips a list featuring destinations such as Bangkok, Dubai, Shanghai, and Tokyo (though his Nice List includes solely Western names). Busy spreads offer additional fun for eagle-eyed readers, including a sword repair shop and a magazine labeled Vanity Elf; several details seem aimed at those acquainted with luxe interests, such as a Rolex Tudor and a key labeled “Ski Chalet” tucked into a stocking. A stylized update for the contemporary Christmas free spirit. Ages 3–5. (Nov.)