A Kiwi Night Before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas
and all round the bach,
Not a possum was stirring;
not one could we catch.

Take one Santa dressed in singlet and shorts, and put him on a miniature tractor pulled by eight flying sheep, and you have a Kiwi version of the well-loved Clement C. Moore poem.

Children will delight in Yvonne Morrison’s humorous test and revel in Deborah Hinde’s vibrant illustrations, which reflect a Kiwi Christmas at the beach.

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A humorous take on T’was the Night before Christmas, but with a real kiwi twist.

This is the ultimate read-aloud for Christmas in New Zealand. The rhyming text flows off the page and Deborah Hinde captures the colours of a truly New Zealand festive season. It features bright and energetic illustrations and is jJam-packed with iconic and humorous local lingo. It makes an excellent gift for relatives in the northern hemisphere who are missing home at Christmas time 🙂


NZ Herald ~ “Yvonne Morrison’s witty text, full of Kiwi colloquialisms, is complemented by Deborah Hinde’s illustrations which wonderfully capture a traditional Kiwi Christmas at the beach. This delightful picture book is sure to become a classic and is the ideal gift to send New Zealanders overseas, to remind them and their children of what they are missing out on.”

Magpies ~ “This book is a colourful and entertaining stocking filler, and is likely to become a Christmas favourite for young New Zealanders.”

Canvas ~ “Given we are out of synch with the traditional white Christmas, it’s refreshing to see a local take on Christmas eve with Mum in her nightie and Dad in his shorts and jandals watching sport on the telly at the bach while the kids snuggle down in bed. They leave a pie and a beer out for Santa, who rocks up on his tractor wearing stubbies, a singlet and gumboots. Choice.”

Meet the Kiwi author

Yvonne Morrison is a zookeeper, swing dance instructor, former school teacher, and children’s book author of such bestsellers as A Kiwi Night Before Christmas, A Kiwi Jingle Bells, Down in the Forest and The Three Bears (Sort of). Yvonne is passionate about animal welfare and loves to travel the world seeking out strange and unusual species.

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Scholastic NZ

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