‘Twas the Nightcap Before Christmas by Katie Blackburn'Twas the Nightcap Before Christmas by Katie Blackburn
Illustrator: Sholto Walker
Published by Faber & Faber on November 2, 2017
Source: Gift
Genres: Christmas, Humor
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover
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Dad suggests a sherry 'To keep us both going', in the cosy front room with the firelight glowing ...

Then out comes the Baileys. And mum hits the rum. Hours of merriment and a stocking-clad tango later, they drift off to sleep - the living room in disarray, the presents unwrapped and their careful Christmas preparations in ruins. But come morning it seems a mysterious visitor has saved the day .

This tipsy twist on the nation's favourite festive poem is the perfect gift for harassed parents everywhere.

“‘Twas the nightcap before Christmas
That caused mischief and mayhem
and Mom wearing stockings
when she should have been filling them…”

Cute, little alcohol-soaked adult take on ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Mom and dad drink way too much and have a lot of fun on Christmas eve, but get very little actually done. Happily Santa shows up after they’re out for the night and saves the day.

Definitely for adults, but fun. It would be a nice Christmas gift for parents with a sense of humor. I received it in a Secret Santa gift and had to read it almost immediately. The bright colors, the fact that it’s a take on a familiar poem, make it pretty irresistible.

About Katie Blackburn

Katie Blackburn lives in London with her husband and young son. Her first book Where the Wild Moms Are was written in tribute to Maurice Sendak’s: Where the Wild Things Are, Katie’s favorite children’s book. It was partly inspired by too many sleepless nights and wild days spent with a young baby.


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