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'Twas the fright before Christmas
Sierra, Judy.
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First edition.
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San Diego : Harcourt Brace, 2002.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 x 28 cm
When a little mouse accidentally tickles a dragon's snout during a winter night in a haunted house, it sets off a series of cumulative actions which throw all of the creatures into a frenzy.
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.1 0.5 64420.
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On the night before Christmas at the old haunted house, not a creature is stirring, until . . . "Aroo-roo!" Someone steps on the werewolf and wakes him, but who ? He's blaming the manticore, who's blaming the cat, who's blaming the zombie, who points to the bat. Help! Luckily, dear Santa Mouse knows the perfect solution to calming and quieting all this Christmas confusion.
Judy Sierra and Will Hillenbrand, the ingeniously wicked team behind The House That Drac Built , have turned a holiday classic into howling, rollicking fun!

Author Notes

Judy Sierra holds a Ph.D. in folklore from UCLA. She is the author of many esteemed children's books, including Nursery Tales Around the World, winner of the Aesop Prize from the American Folklore Society, and Good Night, Dinosaurs. She is also the reteller/compiler of several books of folklore for teachers and storytellers. Ms. Sierra lives in Northern California. WILL HILLENBRAND has written and illustrated many award-winning picture books, including The House That Drac Built by Judy Sierra and his own Down by the Station. He lives in Terrace Park, Ohio.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

'Twas the night before Christmas and not only is a mouse stirring, he is delivering gifts to a haunted house and driving a sleigh powered by eight tiny bats in Sierra and Hillenbrand's (collaborators for The House that Drac Built) gigglishly ghoulish, Halloween-inspired rendition of Moore's Christmas classic. After initially blaming one another for interrupting their long winter's naps, the werewolf, zombie, mummy and pals soon make nice, encouraged by the tiny rodent with a red cap. Readers will enjoy tracking the mostly unnarrated progress of the mouse amid the funny and dynamic mixed-media paintings. Ages 3-7. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-A host of gruesome inhabitants of a haunted house is dozing by the fireplace on Christmas Eve when suddenly the werewolf is rudely awakened. It seems that his tail has been bitten by the manticore, who was scratched by the cat, who was squeezed by the zombie, and so on in a cumulative chain reaction. The trouble is finally traced to a tiny Santa mouse who came down the chimney with presents. The story is told in adequate rhyming couplets, but the real fun lies in the charming illustrations. Kids will grin at the dragon's gaping nostrils, the manticore's one sock, and the fact that almost all of the creatures have a small object to cuddle. The tiny mouse appears on almost every spread but must be hunted for, adding to the entertainment, and the sled-pulling bats are an amusing touch. Not a necessary addition, but a frightfully pleasing one.-E. M. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.