Santa Mouse and the Ratdeer

Santa Mouse and the Ratdeer

by Thacher Hurd
     
 

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OL\\\t's a dark and snowy Christmas Eve 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 worst of all, his ratdeer are in a grouchy mood.

When Santa's sleigh crashes into a snowbank in the middle of the woods and his ratdeer march off, all seems lost.  Can Christmas be saved? 

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Overview

OL\\\t's a dark and snowy Christmas Eve 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 worst of all, his ratdeer are in a grouchy mood.

When Santa's sleigh crashes into a snowbank in the middle of the woods and his ratdeer march off, all seems lost.  Can Christmas be saved?  One little mouse named Rosie thinks so, and with a few cookies, some hot chocolate, and a lot of Christmas cheer, she may have just what it takes to get Santa and his ratdeer back on course!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
In this quirky Christmas story, Santa is a mouse and his sleigh team are rats with antlers-ratdeer. Santa is having a bad day. His sleigh, which looks like a souped up racing model with headlights, needs a tune up and once aloft, he loses his map and even his lunch. When the sleigh crashes in the middle of the North Woods, the ratdeer desert- they have decided to head for the beach. It looks like all is lost, but Rosie comes to the rescue and everything gets put to rights.
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
It is Christmas Eve and everything is going wrong! Santa must contend with a fierce storm, grumbling helpmates, and a sleigh accident as he struggles to deliver gifts. Fortunately, Rosie, a bright young mouse, is able to lend a hand (or paw) in this funny story.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
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
Kirkus Reviews
In a clever departure from typical holiday fare, Hurd (Zoom City) 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 Grinch—- creates a holiday tale with as much wit as it has heart.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780064437097
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/2000
Pages:
40
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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