Mommy’s Night Before Christmas (Katie L. Carroll)

Hello, friends! Our book today is Mommy’s Night Before Christmas, written by Katie L. Carroll and illustrated by Phoebe Cho, a parental twist on the classic Christmas Eve rhyme.

‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, plenty of creatures are stirring! From the teething baby to the hyperactive toddler to the mom and dad rushing through prep for the next morning, no one seems to be getting a peaceful or silent eve on this particular night before Christmas. Once the kiddos have finally hit the hay and the gifts under the tree, Mom and Dad are set to relax for a bit… that is, until they hear a thump on their roof. What – or who – could it be?
Good for a giggle, but only for parents. While this title is billed as being for kids and adults, much of the humor is predicated on understanding all the work that goes into the holidays, which most kids simply don’t have a concept of (and honestly, do they need to?). What’s more, there are several jokes and choices of words that are simply not appropriate for younger readers, such as when the mother “jokingly” threatens Santa that if he wakes up her sleeping kids, he “won’t see next year.” Combined with an inconsistent meter, these elements make for a book that may make adults chuckle, but will confuse young kids. Cho’s illustrations are the strongest element of the title, featuring solid character design, excellent color composition, and unique angles and framing. The length is fine for a quick read, but JJ was definitely puzzled, especially as to why the book’s mommy was being so rude to Santa. Overall, not a bad gag for adult readers, but younger audiences should steer clear.

(Note: A copy of this book was provided to the Baby Bookworm by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.)

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