The Night the Lights Went Out on Christmas

Based on acclaimed singer-songwriter Ellis Paul’s Christmas song, this hilarious tale focuses on an inevitable part of the holiday season—lights! Year after year, the neighbors on one suburban street try to outdo one another with their holiday decorations, until one night their efforts take out the world’s power grid. Once the neighborhood is dark, though, they’re finally able to clearly see the stars above—a simple, perfect Christmas show.

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  • 32 Pages
  • 10.75" x 8.5"
  • 9780807545430
  • October 2015

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  • Illustrations in deep jewel tones with glowing Christmas lights use a double-page-spread format that gives Christmas Block a solid visual presence with the excitement of the holiday in the air.

    - Kirkus Reviews

  • The detailed, digital illustrations of glowing electric lights and lawn tchotchkes pop off the page, and the message of remembering what’s important about the season is presented without falling into sentimentality. New and old fans alike will pore over this one.

    - School Library Journal


Scott Brundage

The Night the Lights Went Out On Christmas

Common Core

RF.3.3,3a,3b,3c,3d,4,4a,4b,4c W.3.4,5,8,10 SL.3.1,1a,1b,1c,1d,2,4,5,6 RL.3.1,2,3,4,5,6,7 L.3.1,2,2e,2f,3,3a,4,5,5a,5b


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.5
  • ATOS Level: 4.3