Some time ago, I was approached by the folks at Thunder Bay Press and Judy O Productions. They were putting together a Nightmare Before Christmas Paper Models kit, and they wanted me to write the keepsake book that came with it. (Together, the kit and the book are called The Nightmare Before Christmas Paper ModelsBook.) Why am I mentioning this? Specifically, why am I mentioning this now? Because The Nightmare Before Christmas Paper Models Book came out TODAY from Thunder Bay Press!
The keepsake book is filled with behind-the-scenes information about the making of the classic 1993 movie The Nightmare Before Christmas. * When I was writing this book, I went through every scene in the movie and pointed out obscure background details, Easter eggs, and trivia facts.
I think fans of the movie will really like this book. And I also wrote all of the trivia facts which appear on the trading cards that accompany the kit and book.
Here’s the official publisher’s description of The Nightmare Before Christmas Paper Models Book:
Build 29 detailed replica models of favorite locations and characters from Disney Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. Also includes a keepsake book with background information about the movie.
Build a magnificent diorama of Halloween Town and other iconic locations from Disney Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas. This two-in-one kit includes a 56-page model book with punch-out pieces and step-by-step instructions to make 29 detailed paper models such as Spiral Hill, the Mayor’s car, Jack’s house, Oogie Boogie’s lair—and more! Along with these fun paper models is a collection of punch-out trading cards with fascinating film facts, plus a 32-page keepsake book featuring iconic frames from the movie and detailed information about the dual-holiday movie that has captured the hearts of millions of fans around the world.
One more thing: If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know that this isn’t the first Nightmare Before Christmas book I’ve written. I also wrote The Nightmare Before Christmas Sticker Art Puzzles Book, which was published in 2021 by Thunder Bay Press. The entire book is one huge rhyming poem recounting the plot of The Nightmare Before Christmas. I talked about that book in this blog post, but you can also find out more about it HERE, HERE, and HERE.
* Yup, The Nightmare Before Christmas originally came out in 1993. And if you’re good at math, you know that 2023 is the 30th anniversary of the film. Which is why The Nightmare Before Christmas Paper Models Book was published in the first place!
And aside from these three books, I’ve never written any poetry.
But here’s my question: Can I call myself a poet now?
I mean, I am (technically speaking) a published poet, in that I’ve written three published books that are either partially or wholly comprised of poetry. And in all three cases, it’s silly poetry. In two of those cases, it’s poetry for kids. But that shouldn’t rule it out as poetry, right? There are plenty of authors who write poems for children.
But if I’m ever at a cocktail party (if those make a comeback, post-pandemic), and I tell people I’m a poet and they ask where my poems have been published, I have no choice but to give a rather ridiculous answer to that question. One of my “books of poetry” is a retelling of the plot of a stop-motion Tim Burton movie, and the other two are batches of poems about the characters in the Star Wars franchise.
So…I think that calling myself a poet at this point is premature.
I will say this, though: I worked really hard on all three of those books, and I’m quite proud of them. And trying to recount the plot of The Nightmare Before Christmas in a mere 15 pages, each page consisting of 6 rhyming couplets, is quite a challenge. It’s even more of a challenge when you can’t use imperfect rhymes or near rhymes. But I think I rose to the challenge, and I think that the end result is a pretty great book.