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Dec 1st: Library Girl (aka Jo Cummins) chooses The Mouse That Cancelled Christmas

The Story: Following a traumatic incident involving a bauble when he was a baby, Mouse now only sees the danger lurking in Christmas.

Can his friends convince him that Christmas is a time for fun and frolics? Or will Mouse forever fear the festive season?

Why is The Mouse That Cancelled Christmas your favourite Christmas book?

This book is a family favourite and is one of the two Christmas books which wasn’t hidden away come January. My sons love the fact that poor Mouse gets crosser and crosser as his friends enjoy Christmas in increasingly dangerous (in Mouse’s opinion) ways. I love the fact that it makes fun of the health-and-safety obsessed society we seem to live in. The added Christmas sparkle and magic round off a very sweet and funny story.

Can you describe a favourite illustration or give a favourite quote from The Mouse that Cancelled Christmas and tell us why you chose it.

I love a succession of images at the start of the book where Mouse is getting more and more frustrated with his friends and shouting louder and louder at them – he’s practically popping off the page with rage. My favourite part to read is when Mouse tells the rabbit choir off for singing too loudly and they sing their response. At this point, I imagine all the classic Christmas carols and belt out their parting line with panache!

Author: Madeleine Cook / Illustrator: Samara Hardy

About Library Girl

I’m a teacher, parent and avid book-lover who began blogging at Library Book Boy and Girl in the hope of helping every child find the perfect book to start them off on their journey towards becoming a lifelong reader.

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Which book is on your Christmas wishlist this year?

There are several books which I’ve been wishing for this Christmas. I’d really love to receive ‘One Christmas Wish,’ by Katherine Rundell, illustrated by Emily Sutton. I also really wanted ‘Father Christmas and Me,’ by Matt Haig, illustrated by Chris Mould, but couldn’t wait for that one to be delivered by Santa so had to buy it for myself (it’s brilliant)!

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14 responses to “Dec 1st: Library Girl (aka Jo Cummins) chooses The Mouse That Cancelled Christmas”

  1. Acorn Books avatar

    I haven’t heard of this book before, it sounds really funny though. Great start to the Story Snug Advent Calendar! #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It definitely sounds like a book that we would enjoy reading 🙂

  2. Bec @IshMotherBec avatar

    This sounds like an interesting book. With my ‘mother of an anxious child’ hat on I’m wondering if it would be a good way of talking to children about fears and worries. That would be useful at this time of year when there’s lots of excitement which can spill into worry. #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It does sound like a good story to instigate that kind of discussion, there’s so much promotion of Christmas as a wonderful time of the year but for some children the deviation from routine and the festive excitement can also cause stress.

  3. Sarah MumofThree World avatar

    This sounds like a fun book. It’s nice to see another side to Christmas rather than just pretty perfection.

    1. Catherine avatar

      Often Christmas is portrayed as a wonderful time of the year but for a lot of people it can be a really stressful time and the message of Christmas has been lost amongst the tinsel and the presents. I want to read this book to see how Mouse eventually resolves his situation 🙂

  4. BookBairn avatar

    We are delighted to have been part of your book advent! #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      There have been some fabulous favourite books chosen this year, many that are new to me too 🙂

  5. Yet Another Blogging Mummy avatar

    Not heard of this book. Hope mouse enjoys Christmas by the end #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      This story is new to me too but ‘m intrigued to know how / whether Mouse finds a way to enjoy Christmas 🙂

  6. Kate avatar

    This sounds like a great book, we haven’t come across it yet so one to add to our collection next year! #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      I want to add it to my collection too 🙂

  7. chantelle hazelden avatar
    chantelle hazelden

    This sounds like a rather lovely story to read with little ones, thank you for sharing with #readwithme

    1. Catherine avatar

      It does sound fun. I need to get my hands on a copy of this story. I’d like to know what happens at the end…