‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house not a creature was stirring…except for one mouse. 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 savory–twist on Clement Clark Moore’s Christmas poem, and is sure to become a family favorite. Features illustrations by award-winning illustrator Jenny Løvlie.
“In Turner’s homage to Clement C. Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” a mouse is indeed stirring—Mouse Santa, who introduces readers to a mouse family via his Christmas Eve visit. As “the other mice dozed/ in their little mouse beds,/ While dreams full of cheesecake/ danced in their heads,” squeaky urgings can be heard when Mouse Santa commands the eight rosy-cheeked beetles pulling his diminutive gift-laden sleigh. After a smooth landing, not on the roof but on the snowy ground, he squeezes through a crack in the wall “and into the mousehole,/ with presents for all”—including, of course, plenty of cheese. Løvlie’s mouse-centric setting features a thimble vase, a thread spool side table, and tiny stockings lined up on one smallish bough, making for a cozy and festive Christmas Eve read. Ages 3–7.” – Publisher’s Weekly