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Santa Mouse and the ratdeer
Hurd, Thacher.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : HarperCollins, [1998]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
When Santa Mouse's sleigh breaks down and his ratdeer desert him in the middle of the forest, a little mouse named Rosie knows just what to do to restore the spirit of Christmas.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.5 0.5 42611.

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PIC. BK. Juvenile Current Holiday Item Holiday

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"On Blunder! On Basher! On Lousy and Loopy and Bugsy and Twizzlebum!"It's a stormy night before Christmas at the Mouse North Pole, and Santa Mouse isn't having an easy time--his socks are missing, his boots won't fit right, and Santa hasn't had a chance to repair his sleigh. But worst of all, his ratdeer are in a grouchy mood.When Santa's sleigh crashed into a snowbank in the middle o the woods--and his ratdeer march of--everyone seems about ready to give up.Everyone, that is, except for a little mouse named Rosie, who, with a few cookies, hot chocolate, and a lot of Christmas cheer, gets Santa and his ratdeer back on course!

Author Notes

Children's book author and illustrator Thacher Hurd was born in Vermont on March 6, 1949 to children's book creators Clement and Edith Thacher Hurd. He attended the California College of Arts and Crafts. He has written and illustrated over twenty-five children's books, including Mystery on the Docks and Mama Don't Allow, which were both Reading Rainbow feature selections. He currently lives in Berkeley, California with his wife.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 3^-6. 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

School Library Journal Review

PreS-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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.