Santa Mouse and the Ratdeer

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9780060276942: Santa Mouse and the Ratdeer

"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!

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About the Author:

The author and illustrator of several books for children, including Mystery on the Docks, Mama Don't Allow (both Reading Rainbow Featured Selections), and Art Dog, Thacher Hurd makes his home in Berkeley, California.

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In a clever departure from typical holiday fare, Hurd (Zoom City, p. 197, etc.) puts a new twist on an old favorite. Santa Mouse is having a terrible Christmas Eve and his ratdeer, with names such as Blunder, Basher, Lousy, Bugsy, and Twizzlebum, have an attitude. Stomping around in a fashion not unlike an enraged toddler, Santa tries to find his underwear, socks, hat, and map. A crash landing in the woods is all the impetus the irritable ratdeer need to abandon Santa for the beach. Only the generous nature of a mouse, little Rosie, saves Christmas; her offer of hot chocolate and cookies thaws the cranky ratdeer's frozen hearts and revives everyone's holiday spirit. Hurd's full-color illustrations contain many humorous details, especially in the inserted comments of the disgruntled ratdeer. In the cozy drawings of Santa and friends enjoying Rosie's hospitality, Hurd does for Santa what Seuss did for the Grinchcreates a holiday tale with as much wit as it has heart. (Picture book. 3-6) -- Copyright 1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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