Dogs, Cats and Mice shouldn’t be forgotten at this time of year! These books will fill your heart with Christmas joy and laughter.

Mouse’s Night Before Christmas
Written by Tracey Corderoy, Illustrated by Sarah Massini
Published by Nosy Crow

I am a humongous Tracey Corderoy fan. I love the easy rhyming, the imaginative stories and provide the perfect opportunities to share and read aloud. Since seeing her a few times, I can hear her lyrical Welsh voice reading and it is magical. Mouse, though he shouldn’t be stirring, is wide awake and making Christmas wishes. Interspersed with elements of the traditional poem from Clement C Moore, is the story of Mouse and how he guides Santa through the town. Handing Mouse a map and a gift, Santa says he hasn’t forgotten Mouse’s wish. With tears welling up, I turned the page and my heart was lifted. What a beautiful tale of friendship and hope.

A Cat’s Christmas Carol
Written by Sam Hay, Illustrated by Helen Shoesmith
Published by Simon and Schuster

Clawdia, the security guard’s cat, is stuck in the department store over Christmas. The rules are simple…no mice! However, it’s cold outside and a group of them are sneaking around, and Clawdia is giving chase all over the store. Faced with memories and wishes of her own, she realises that spending Christmas with the mice might not be so bad after all. Believing she is about to be kicked outside, she hides but it turns out the security guard has other plans. Another heart warming, magical Christmas story, with a wonderful message of “Christmas with friends was the best gift of all”. Charming and incredibly detailed illustrations allow the reader to feel part of the story.

The Twelve Dogs of Christmas
Written by Alison Ritchie, Illustrated by Marisa Morea
Published by Simon and Schuster

A simple counting book is given an exciting boost by counting dogs celebrating Christmas. With bright and bold illustrations, the featured dogs are large and small, boisterous and excited. A little pup is watching all the excitement, from dachshunds delivering letters to Scotties sniffling treats and labradors eating a Christmas wreath. It’s all fun and games but Pup is tired out. Time for a sleep and surprise for Christmas morning. This makes a fun read with children as they love the dog breeds, the simple counting and watching the trouble caused.

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