Mouse’s Night Before Christmas by Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Sarah Massini

Mouse’s Night Before Christmas by Tracey Corderoy, illustrated by Sarah Massini. Nosy Crow, (9781536214406), 2020

Format:  Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?   It’s the night before Christmas and one little mouse is stirring.  The book begins with the classic text, but quickly changes the story: “On that night before Christmas, dear reader, you see, there was one little mouse as awake as could be.” Little Mouse is longing for a friend and makes a wish on the treetop star.  A lost Santa lands outside with a clatter and Mouse agrees to guide him and the reindeer to all the boys and girls.  It is such fun and Mouse is “…quite the best little helper that Santa could meet!”  Before heading off, Santa surprises Mouse with a present containing two pairs of skates and a map.  The map leads Mouse to the park where he finds a little bird who had also wished for a friend.  The final wordless double page spread show Mouse and Bird skating together on a bright Christmas morning.  The mixed media illustrations are filled with charm and expression.  

Anything you didn’t like about it? No, although there were several places where the rhyming text stumbles.

To whom would you recommend this book?  This is one to share with readers who love the classic tale.  A sweet tale of friendship.  

Who should buy this book?  Public Libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:          11/30/2020         

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