“Forget Dancer, Prancer, Comet, and Vixen. . . . Good Clement, wherever he is, will not be gnashing his teeth.”
—New York Times Book Review
“Set in a Louisiana bayou and told in Cajun dialect—‘e chirren been nezzle/Good snug on de flo’—the poem has lively illustrations that perfectly suit the unique text.”
More than twenty-five years after its first appearance, Cajun Night Before Christmas® has become a modern classic that has sold more than 490,000 copies and has served as the model for Pelican's ongoing, best-selling Night Before Christmas series.
The formula that started this success story is surprisingly simple: take the classic story of jolly old St. Nicholas, place it in a Louisiana bayou, dress Santa Claus in muskrat “from his head to his toes,” pile his skiff high with toys, and hitch it to eight friendly alligators. The result is a delightful twist on an old and familiar tale. It is Christmas on the bayou.