Children’s Corner: A Night of Great Joy

21 Nov

61s1hbyrvcl-_sy439_bo1204203200_Mary Engelbreit presents A Night of Great Joy, a delightful picture book that celebrates the joyful season of Christmas. This book tells the story of the nativity through the performance of a children’s Christmas pageant. With adorable illustrations and simple storytelling, Engelbreit paints a wonderful picture of the night that Jesus was born.

A Night of Great Joy recalls that fateful night with wonder and awe. From the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem to the gathering of many before the baby Jesus, this holiday treasure leads children through the tale of the birth of Jesus, guiding them with the star of Bethlehem.


pink_shirt_largeMary Engelbreit is a graphic artist and children’s book illustrator who launched her own magazine, Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion in 1996. Mary Engelbreit was born in St. Louis, Missouri.


My Impressions:

The story of the birth of Jesus is told through the eyes of children in Mary Englebreit’s newest book for Christmas, A Night of Great Joy. The familiar story will engage your child as he or she sees it performed in a children’s play. I loved the beautifully detailed illustrations Englebreit is known for as the children endeavor to share the story with their audience. Be on the lookout for kids acting like kids — shepherds fighting over a lamb and kids giggling. This book is homey and cute as it tells the story that changed the world. A Night of Great Joy is a wonderful addition to your family reading this season.

Highly Recommended.

Audience: children ages 4+.

To purchase this book, click HERE.

(Thanks to Zonderkidz for a complimentary copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

4 Responses to “Children’s Corner: A Night of Great Joy”

  1. danielle hammelef November 22, 2016 at 4:35 pm #

    This looks beautiful and so much much fun to read.

    • rbclibrary November 22, 2016 at 8:03 pm #

      I loved it! Super cute!

  2. Tarissa December 10, 2016 at 3:49 pm #

    I’ve enjoyed reading through some of your book reviews this afternoon. I wanted to mention that I’m hosting a Christmas read-along called “A Literary Christmas” on my blog this year. If you sign-up, you can link to all your holiday book posts on the linky!

    • rbclibrary December 11, 2016 at 2:35 pm #

      Thanks so much, Tarissa. I’ll check it out!

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