Gingerbread Mouse by Katy Bratun
When Mouse's house is destroyed by a falling tree, she has to find a new place to live! She travels that night to find a new home. Mouse finds a house off in the distance and heads to it to see if she can move in. Inside the house, there's a little house, just her size! She moved into her new gingerbread house and makes all her furniture out of boxes and cardboard.
That night, Santa arrives! He drops gifts off for the two kids at the house and sits down to eat his cookies with Mouse. He tells her that her house is lovely, but she really needs a more permanent house. Santa leaves a gift for Mouse and scurries up the chimney. Mouse opens her box and finds a beautiful doll house that she can call home. At the very end, Mouse finds a little red gift outside her door from one of the humans in the house with a note saying, "Merry Christmas Gingerbread Mouse."
I thought this book was really cute! It starts our sad when Mouse's house is crushed by a tree! I am a little confused about how Mouse heard the crack of the branch while she was asleep and she got outside fast enough that she didn't get crushed by it. It seems a little unrealistic, but so is a mouse that talks, so I guess that's okay.
Katy Bratun. The illustrations are very pretty, full of color and on two page full bleed spreads. The illustrations are often done in dark, warm, homey colors that make the story feel happy and lets you know that even though Mouse had a rough start, she's going to be okay! Katy Bratun has worked as an author and illustrator on many other books. Many of her illustrations in other books are quite similar to Gingerbread Mouse illustrations.
On the last page of the book, the author has included the recipe for Gingerbread Mouse's Cookie Recipe. I'm not a big fan of gingerbread cookies, but it might be a cute thing to make after reading this book!