Santa Mouse and the Ratdeer
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-K?Santa Mouse and his ratdeer are having a rough night. Santa loses his map, the ratdeer are grumbling, and the sleigh hasn't been properly repaired. They crash into the woods, and things don't look good. Luckily, the rodent team finds its way to the home of a mouse family, where young Rosie greets them and feeds them warm cookies and hot cocoa (her parents are asleep). Santa Mouse joins them, and after warming up, is able to repair the vehicle and continue on. Like a gorgeously wrapped package that contains white socks, this disappoints. The snazzy red cover, gold-foil title, and Hurd's appealing and humorous illustrations far surpass the flat text. Although the story unites every child's desire to meet Santa with an interest in his logistical problems, it fails to create a compelling tale. When it comes to Santa-having-a-bad-night stories, Steven Kroll's Santa's Crash-Bang Christmas (Holiday, 1977) is still the best.?LF
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Santa Mouse is having a bad day. Too bad it's Christmas. His clothes are missing, the ratdeer are grumpy, and then the sleigh crashes in the North Woods. Happily, Rosie Mouse, who's been waiting for Santa anyway, is on the scene. Some hot chocolate, a toasty fire, and warm cookies make all the difference in Santa's day. Soon Santa is on his way, and Rosie has a miniature sleigh as a gift. The story is slight but funny, especially when the ratdeer are expressing their own frustrations in balloons ("Too many presents" and "Can I take off my antlers?"). Hurd's delightful cartoon-style pictures are executed with sureness and wit. Where the story seems thin, the illustrations make up for it with a robustness that should provoke giggles from individual lapsitters or groups. Ilene Cooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description