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

Author: Madeleine Cook / Illustrator: Samara Hardy

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 story 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!

The Mouse that Cancelled Christmas

by Madeleine Cook Samara Hardy [Oxford Children's Books]
£6.99 ·  EUR 8,49 ·  EUR 8,35 ·  EUR 8,24 ·  $5.06

Pas de Noël cette année ?

by Samara Hardy [Casterman]
£11.77 ·  EUR 13,00 ·  EUR 13,95 ·  EUR 13,95 ·  -

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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)!

One Christmas Wish

by RUNDELL KATHERINE [Bloomsbury]
£10.49 ·  EUR 16,99 ·  EUR 12,18 ·  EUR 16,54 ·  $13.79

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

    • 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 🙂

  1. 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

    • 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.

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