Reviews for Visit from Saint Nicholas : And Santa Mouse, Too!


Booklist Monthly Selections - #1 September 1998
Ages 3^-5. Adapting Moore's Christmas classic to focus on another species, Krupinski takes a tiny liberty with the text ("not a creature was stirring, except for a mouse") and uses the illustrations to show how the famous Christmas Eve visit happened from a mouse's point of view. Papa Mouse narrates the poem, which reads as smoothly as ever. Santa Claus brings along a Santa-suited mouse helper, who provides treats for the mice and seems to bewitch the house cat. The softly shaded artwork is traditional in depicting the scenes, which include just enough detail to intrigue young children without overwhelming the pages. Little twists of meaning in the pictures will entertain children who have seen the verses illustrated before, and younger kids will find the mouse tale an endearing introduction to the poem. A cozy yet original interpretation of an old favorite. ((Reviewed September 1, 1998)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

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Booklist Monthly Selections - #2 September 1998
Ages 3^-5. Adapting Moore's Christmas classic to focus on another species, Krupinski takes a tiny liberty with the text ("not a creature was stirring, except for a mouse") and uses the illustrations to show how the famous Christmas Eve visit happened from a mouse's point of view. Papa Mouse narrates the poem, which reads as smoothly as ever. Santa Claus brings along a Santa-suited mouse helper, who provides treats for the mice and seems to bewitch the house cat. The softly shaded artwork is traditional in depicting the scenes, which include just enough detail to intrigue young children without overwhelming the pages. Little twists of meaning in the pictures will entertain children who have seen the verses illustrated before, and younger kids will find the mouse tale an endearing introduction to the poem. A cozy yet original interpretation of an old favorite. ((Reviewed September 15, 1998)) Copyright 2000 Booklist Reviews

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 1999
With a few small changes Clement C. Moore's Christmas classic becomes a rodent's-eye view of St. Nick's immortal visit. A sleepless mouse witnesses St. Nick's arrival and his dispersal of gifts; nestled in the jolly man's cap is his tiny counterpart, a mouse Santa who busily distributes his own bag of gifts. Many of the precisely rendered and vividly hued illustrations appear stiff, but they depict an appealingly cozy and diminutive Borrower-esque world behind the baseboards. Copyright 1999 Horn BookGuide Reviews

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School Library Journal Reviews 1998 October
PreS-K With only a minimal change of wording, the classic poem is told from a mouse's perspective. Krupinski's charming gouache, watercolor, and colored-pencil illustrations show a cozy mouse couple settling in for the night when "there arose such a clatter...." Father mouse spies Santa, his reindeer, and a tiny Santa Mouse who rides in his hat. Santa comes down the chimney and starts to unload presents for the humans while Santa Mouse heads off for the mouse family quarters with his tiny pack. Full of quaint detail and endearing little mice (and even a wide-eyed cat), the illustrations carry the story. Unfortunately, Santa himself is bland and stiff, more a 19th-century characterization than a "right jolly old elf." Children who know and love the poem will enjoy this variant especially as they discover the Borrowers-like uses that the mice find for unusual items in their home. Librarians with other standard versions of the poem may not need this mouse-eye view but it suffices as additional fare. AC Copyright 1998 School Library Journal Reviews

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