The Night the Lights Went Out on Christmas (Picture Book Review)

Book Review, Children's Books, Picture Books
The Night the Lights Went Out on Christmas

The Night the Lights Went Out on ChristmasThe Night the Lights Went Out on Christmas by Ellis Paul, illustrated by Scott Brundage

Age Range: 4 – 7 years

Grade Level: Preschool – 2

Hardcover: 32 pages

Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company (October 1, 2015)

Genre: picture book

Source: Media Masters Publicity

Our rating: 4 of 5 stars


About The Night the Lights Went Out on Christmas:

Based on acclaimed singer-songwriter Ellis Paul’s Christmas song, this hilarious tale focuses on an inevitable part of the holiday season–lights! Year after year, the neighbors on one suburban street try to outdo one another with their holiday decorations, until one night their efforts take out the world’s power grid. Once the neighborhood is dark, though, they’re finally able to clearly see the stars above–a simple, perfect Christmas show. Includes free downloadable mp3.


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About the Author:

Ellis Paul is a singer and songwriter whose style bridges pop and modern folk. In a career spanning more than twenty years, he has released 18 albums, including The Day After Everything Changed. The first of his two children’s albums, The Dragonfly Races, was one of NPR’s top ten picks for 2008. He grew up in northern Maine and is now based in Boston. He spends much of the year on the road, playing nearly 200 tour dates around the country. The Hero in You is his first picture book.



Our Thoughts on The Night the Lights Went Out on Christmas:

I love the message in this book! A few neighbors get to competing over who has the most elaborate Christmas decorations — until a fuse blows and plunges the entire world into darkness. Without all the lights on, people can see the stars and appreciate the beauty of the night sky.

A gentle reminder that Christmas is more meaningful than all the twinkling, blinking decorations, The Night the Lights Went Out on Christmas encourages us to keep things in perspective and remember the true meaning of Christmas. It’s written in rhyme and is a lot of fun to read. It doesn’t flow perfectly, but it’s a fun picture book with a great message. It’s perfect for the Christmas season.


Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Media Masters Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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