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The Mouse Before Christmas

Written by Tracey Turner

Illustrated by Jenny Lovlie

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The Mouse Before Christmas Review

Featured Books for 3+ readers Humorous Stories about Animals

A magical twist on a Christmas favourite

‘‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring … except for one mouse.’ Tracey Turner takes the opening lines of Clement C Moore’s Christmas classic and reimagines it with a cheerful, red-suited mouse taking Santa’s part. As the other little mice doze, dreaming of cheesecake, he takes to the skies in a sleigh pulled by beetles. Squeezing through a crack in the wall of the mouse hole he distributes presents, filling the little mice stockings with toys and crackers and plenty of cheese before flying off into the night with the traditional ‘Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!’ Jenny Løvlie’s illustrations are thoroughly charming, from the opening image of the little mice asleep in their cosy matchbox beds, to the friendly little beetles (‘On Stiggy! On, Twiggy! On, Scatter and Skitter!’) and the final image of the sleigh silhouetted against the moon. A magical twist on an old favourite, delightful to read aloud and full of Christmas spirit.

Andrea Reece

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The Mouse Before Christmas Synopsis

With Santa as a mouse, a sleigh pulled by beetles, and gifts of toys, crackers, and cheese, this adorable picture book puts a silly – and savoury – twist on Clement C. Moore’s classic “Twas’ Night Before Christmas” poem!

An adorable Christmas picture book by award-winning artist Jenny Løvlie, who won the 2019 Waterstones Children’s Book Prize in the UK for Best Illustrated Book.


The Mouse Before Christmas Press Reviews

“… a cosy and festive Christmas Eve read.” — Publisher’s Weekly

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ISBN: 9781503762732
Publication date: 07/10/2021
Publisher: Phoenix International Publications, Incorporated
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781503762732
Publication date: 7th October 2021
Author: Tracey Turner
Illustrator: Jenny Lovlie
Publisher: Phoenix International Publications, Incorporated
Format: Paperback
Suitable for: 3+ readers
Genres: Festive Fiction, Humorous, Animals
Collections: Our Top Children's Christmas Book Recommendations for 2021,

About Tracey Turner

Tracey Turner has written more than 50 books for children. As well as the Hard Nuts series, she has written the Comic Strip History of the World and other Comic Strip titles, and the Lost series of choose-your-own adventure books. Tracey lives in Bath.

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