Just a quick review today – this adorable picture book is the perfect festive read for little ones!
Book: A House for Christmas Mouse by Rebecca Harry
Read before: No
Publication date: 5th November 2020
Ownership: Review copy sent free of charge by Nosy Crow Books. All opinions my own.
Mouse has arrived in Treetop Forest for Christmas, but she has nowhere to call home! As she looks for a place to stay, she meets Fox, Bunny and Bear, who all need some help with their Christmas plans, but her selfless and helpful nature means she spends almost all day with them and by sunset, she still hasn’t found a home – will her new friends be able to help her? This is such a sweet story, full of kindness and friendship, with an ending that will make even the scroogiest of adults feel a glimmer of Christmas warmth.
The art style is one that perfectly suits the winter vibes of the book – the snowdrifts look pillowy, the fires are glowing with warmth, and everyone’s fur looks strokable. The soft colours and fluid style make the the scenes almost tactile, and provide a great contrast between the chill of Mouse’s journey and the cosiness of the animal’s houses. I also loved the touch of silver foil on every page, from snowflakes to cobwebs to tinsel – what a great way to add some magic and sparkle to a story! This really catches the eye and would be great to look out for with a little reader. I wish more books would incorporate foil on the inside – it feels like such a luxury!
If you’re looking for a heartwarming Christmas picture book, I highly recommend this adorable tale. I’m looking forward to reading it year after year – five out of five (thematically inappropriate) cats!