Book Review: The Nightmare Before Christmas


Title: The Nightmare Before Christmas (B&N Exclusive Edition)

Author: Tim Burton

Publisher: Disney Press

Release Date: October 5, 2015

Genre: Young Reader, Poetry


In this beloved picture book that could only come from the visionary mind of author and illustrator TIM BURTON, we meet Jack Skellington— a well-intentioned inhabitant of Halloweenland. Jack is bored of “the scaring, the terror, the fright….tired of being something that goes bump in the night”. And so, in an effort to bring to joy to his town, Jack kidnaps Santa and takes his place as the jolly old elf. But instead of bringing joy to the world Jack, who is a little more than a grinning skeleton, brings fear by delivering creepy toys and riding a sleigh carried by skeletal reindeer. Only through a number of things going horribly wrong does Jack learn the true meaning of Christmas.



This book is absolutely fantastic! I have seen the movie every year around Christmas and I  am ashamed that it has taken me this long to find and read the poem it was based on! Yes, folks, the movie is based on the poem, not the other way around. The poem was originally written by Tim Burton when he was an art student, making up the sketches of most of his characters like Edward Scissor Hands.

Anyways, this book is fantastic. The poem was beautifully written, it spoke to the poet inside of me and made me smile. As oppose to some, I love the simplicity of the story and find it equal to the movie. The artwork that went with it was lovely and unique, expected nothing less from Tim Burton.

As an added bonus to this edition, which I highly recommend, is a DVD of Christopher Lee reading this poem alongside some added illustrations. His reading made me cry; it sent chills down my spine and made me wonder why this wasn’t a thing sooner. The DVD has very simple animation, with an art style similar to the book. Also, characters that were created for the movie (i.e. Sally and Oogie Boogie) do appear on the DVD version of the poem, so people upset that they didn’t appear in the poem can be appeased.

All in all, a wonderful read and officially on my favorites list! You should add it to your list, especially if you’re a big Nightmare Before Christmas fan or a Christopher Lee fan.

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