I always appreciate a new spin on the Christmas story. And by spin I mean viewpoint or way it’s told; NOT changing the actual story. The Midnight Visitors is a cute story of the night of Jesus’s birth as experienced by Miriam, the cow! I sat down to read this with my six year old for her nightly reading. Even though we have some favorites, we always love a new Christmas book to enjoy!
The characters are drawn in an adorable fashion that makes them sweet and endearing. We usually only think of the animals as a small prop in the Christmas story but here they are the main event.
Miriam has a few other visitors before Mary and Joseph who are looking for warmth and shelter as well that parallels the story of Mary and Joseph. I was starting to wonder if they would even show up or if it would just be an analogy of sorts. They do appear towards the end, after Miriam has already taken in a few other friends.
There were a couple things I didn’t like. For example when the shepherds show up one of them calls to Mary and says “hey lady.” I’m not sure why he is made to be so bold and slightly rude but it was kind of a weird unnecessary thing in my opinion.
I also thought it was strange that even though they say Mary is pregnant, she doesn’t appear pregnant at all. It was an interesting choice by the illustrator.
Overall I really enjoyed the book and so did my kids. A couple things seemed out of sorts to me but it will still be added to our Christmas collection of books that we will enjoy year after year. The Midnight Visitors is a cute version of the story from a unique point of view.
About the Book
Miriam was glad to be warm and cozy. There were so many people in the town but it was nice and peaceful inside her cowshed. Little did she know that she would soon be joined by Midnight Visitors . . . and not just any old visitors!
Snuggle up and enjoy the warm, soft feel the art and narrative bring to this delightful Christmas picture book with a difference.
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