Title: The Mouse that Cancelled Christmas
Author: Madeleine Cook
Illustrator: Samara Hardy
Publisher: Oxford University Press (2016)
Ever since Mouse got hit on the head by a falling Christmas bauble he sees the danger in all things Christmassy. While the other forest animals prepare for the best Christmas ever, Mouse checks his health and safety check list. He worries about sharp pine needles, lights being too bright and open fires. Much to all the animals disappointment Mouse cancels Christmas. Upset, the animals wonder if they should still give Mouse his present but decide it is the right thing to do.
Mouse opens the gift to find a large megaphone, perfect for someone so bossy. “His friends had thought about what would make him really happy. It was time for Mouse to do the same.” He realises that Christmas is not about looking for dangers and helps the other animals plan a fun Christmas celebration.