In a sweet tribute to the original, Mouse’s Night Before Christmas by Tracey Cordery & illustrated by Sarah Massini is a lovely story about Christmas magic. The book follows Mouse (who was just one creature stirring) on a busy Christmas Eve, as he helps Santa deliver presents — and maybe, just maybe, has his own Christmas wish granted.
The rhyming verses make for a lovely read aloud story, and the loving nods to the original Night Before Christmas are fun to encounter. Cordery’s twist on the classic tale is really quite sweet — and it is beautifully accompanied by Massini’s illustrations.
The story is a little on the long side for my 7-month-old twins, but they love the sing-songy nature of the verses and were captivated by the illustrations. We’ll just read this one in two sittings until they’re a little bit older.
It’s Christmas Eve, and everyone is fast asleep except for a lonely mouse that lives in the grandfather clock. When Santa arrives, lost in a blizzard and called by Mouse’s wish, it’s Mouse who is there to show Santa the way. Together they embark on a magical sleigh ride, delivering presents all around town. But the best present of all is for Mouse: his wish to make a new friend to share Christmas Day with has finally come true.