October 27, 2016

A Night of Great Joy by Mary Engelbreit - Review

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Published: October 4, 2016
Number of pages: 32
Genre: Children's Holiday

Mary Engelbreit presents A Night of Great Joy, a delightful picture book that celebrates the joyful season of Christmas. This book tells the story of the nativity through the performance of a children’s Christmas pageant. With adorable illustrations and simple storytelling, Engelbreit paints a wonderful picture of the night that Jesus was born.

A Night of Great Joy recalls that fateful night with wonder and awe. From the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem to the gathering of many before the baby Jesus, this holiday treasure leads children through the tale of the birth of Jesus, guiding them with the star of Bethlehem.

Mary Engelbreit, New York Times bestselling illustrator of the blockbuster Christmas classic The Night Before Christmas, brings readers a new holiday picture book that’s sure to become a family favorite.

My thoughts:
I have always loved looking at Mary Engelbreit's drawings but have not had a chance to read one of her books until now. I was impressed with the book as a whole. This was the story of Jesus birth. What I liked about the drawings was the bright colors and the details. She made the Christmas play look just as it would if you were at your church watching it. There are kids that are not happy with each other and kids being kids. She did a good job of bringing life to the pages. It is a quick telling of a timeless story.

About the author:
Mary Engelbreit grew up studying the illustrations in the vintage storybooks of her mother’s own childhood, and she developed a unique style that harkens back to those simpler times. Mary’s distinctive images have made her a celebrity to millions, who eagerly snap up gift items, calendars, books, fabrics, and more. Mary’s dearest wish has always been to illustrate for children. Her New York Times bestselling The Night Before Christmas is already part of the holiday tradition for families across the country.

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