Here is the classic Night Before Christmas tale with new Christmas magic and a Rocky Mountain twist. With unforgettable names like Old Jed and Big Jim, this is the story of Old Saint Nick’s wild Western ride as he journeys across the night sky with a hoot and a holler and his eight flying cattle.
When one Scrooge of a rancher mistakes Santa Claus for a cattle thief and refuses to let him go free, Santa’s Christmas Eve ride is delayed. It’s up to this cowboy of a Kris Kringle to show his captor the spirit of the season and save Christmas once again.
About the Author
Joe Gribnau is a proud fifth generation Montanan and currently works as an elementary school teacher. He received the inspiration for this book after asking his fifth grade class to write a new version of Night Before Christmas. Gribnau graduated from the University of Montana with a B.A. in elementary education and lives in Walla Walla, Washington, with his wife and two children.
About the Illustrator
Salima Alikhan began writing and illustrating her own stories as a child, encouraged by the works of Hans Christian Anderson and the Brothers Grimm. A member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, she has published an award-winning picture book and designed cover and interior illustrations for several magazines.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS
By Joe Gribnau
Illustrated by Salima Alikhan
JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Festivals / Christmas
32 pp. 8½ x 11
31 color illus. All ages