Book Review The Nightmare Before Christmas: 13 Days of Christmas

It’s halfway through the year and Disney Books is starting to release their new Christmas products! Read on for a full review of The Nightmare Before Christmas: 13 Days of Christmas.

13 Days of Christmas review

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ABOUT The Nightmare Before Christmas 13 Days of Christmas

What happens when two holidays collide? Thirteen days of frighteningly festive fun! Count down the days to see Jack, Sally, and their Halloween Town friends put a spooky spin on Christmas traditions!

From the minds of Tim Burton, Disney Imagineers, and acclaimed artist Jerrod Maruyama comes a picture book celebrating the classic animated film and the Disneyland ride it inspired.

13 Days of Christmas review

Coinciding with their #HalfwaytotheHolidays promotion, Disney Books released The Nightmare Before Christmas: 13 Days of Christmas this month! Tim Burton’s classic movies is a favorite of lots of Disney fans and this book is an interesting addition to the lore.

Based on the 12 Days of Christmas song, this picture book learns more about a spooky Halloween theme than a Christmas one. Jack Skellington is Sally’s “ghoul love” gifting her items like true-love potions and mystic mirrors before the start of their scary Christmas. The book is easy to read with each gift described in a different color, however, we did spend time explaining to my 8-year-old what fortune cards and potions were.

Where the prose falters, the artwork shines. Illustrated by Jerrod Maruyama, the take on Jack and his friends is in his signature cute icon style. I love the crisp bold colors and the details like Zero holding a candy cane and Sally sewing Jack’s Sandy Claus outfit.

Overall this picture book is colorful enough to keep children’s attention, I just wish more of the gifts had been pulled from the movie.

Rating: 3/5

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