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Mortimer's Christmas Manger

4.19 of 5 stars 4.19  ·  rating details  ·  524 ratings  ·  47 reviews
Mortimer Mouse needs a new house -- a house that's not so cold, cramped, and dark. Where can he go?He sees a huge tree covered with twinkling lights. And next to the tree, a mouse-size house. And inside the house, a wee wooden manger just Mortimer's size. But statue people seem to already live there! One by one, Mortimer lugs and tugs the statues out of the house -- only t ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 4th 2005 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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Well, if Mortimer isn't the cutest little mouse ever, I don't know who is (no disrespect, Mickey, but this Mortimer has a sweet little face and cries big, sad tears).

Mortimer's dark hole in the wall is too cramped, too cold, and too creepy. He wants a cozy house. One day he spots a brand new house just his size, on a table next to a green tree covered in twinkling colored lights with a shiny star on top. But this house is full of statues! Mortimer tugs and lugs and clears every last statue out,
Mortimer's a little mouse,
He longs so much for his own house.
He now resides inside a hole
That's dark and damp
Without a soul.

Each day he looks for crumbs and bits
And spots a little house that fits.
The house is high
He starts to climb
He reaches it in record time.

But what he finds there
Baffles him,
Little people are within.
Animals and a baby sleeps ....
No one talks, no not a peep.

The tiny baby's little bed
Is just his size and he is lead
To tug and pull
The statues out
Crawl in the bed
And without a dou
This is my favorite Christmas story. Mortimer is a mouse who lives in a cold, creepy hole under the stairs. One day he discovers a house that is the perfect size for him; one problem there are people living in it! After careful investigation, Mortimer discovers they are only statues and proceeds to take over. One night while hiding near his new home, he hears a story about a man and woman and a baby. There was no room for this baby and he was born in a stable. Mortimer realizes that the baby he ...more
Meg McGregor
How wonderful it is to read a book that explains the true meaning of the Christmas Season.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and was quite pleased to have and the Nativity story explained in a simple but knowing way!

Beautiful pictures and a winning main character make this a Christmas treasure to read for many years to come!
Kristin King
Mortimer is looking for a place to sleep that is a little less bleak than his hole in the wall. He finds it, but it's filled with little statues that have no meaning for him till later when all is revealed with a gift.

I like all things mouse and Christmas like Santa Mouse, so of course I'd recommend this one.
The story of Mortimer, a mouse who doesn't like his cold, dark, and creepy home in the wall. He goes searching for a new home, only to find a nice house that is filled with statues. He pushes them all out, including the baby that was in the bed of straw, and makes it his home. Each evening he returns to find his new house once again full of the statues, and so he removes them. Then one night, he overhears the story of baby Jesus, and he realizes who he has been taking out of his house. He pts al ...more
Lesley Dahlseng
No doubt it's challenging to present the manger scene in a fresh perspective. Karma Wilson is up for the challenge! This story is told through the experiences of Mortimer the mouse, who seeks a warm home in a table-top manger scene. Mortimer pushes the baby Jesus and the other manger statues out in order to make room for himself, presenting a parallel dilemma to the original Christmas story: where will Jesus stay? It is only while overhearing the Christmas story that Mortimer realizes whom these ...more
This is a sweet little story that reminds us that if we have faith in Jesus, there will be room for us.
I started a Christmas picture book collection for my kids, and this was one of my first purchases a few years back. This is such a cute story - Mortimer dislikes his cold, lonely mouse hole and when he finds the manger scene, he thinks it is the perfect replacement- until he hears the story of the first Christmas. Such a great way to talk about the Nativity. The writing is a little more lengthy than Wilson's Bear books, but still just as good. I haven't found a Karma Wilson book yet that we don' ...more
Oct 09, 2007 Krissy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All ages
Shelves: picturebooks
A Christmas story that is actually has to do with the Savior. What a concept! Mortimer crawls out of his "cramped," "creepy" hole in search of a new home, when he comes upon the family manger. Not understanding what it is, he pushes out all the figurines and sleeps in the cozy hay in the manger, but each day, while he searches the house to crumbs to eat, he returns to the manger to find the figurines set up again. And frustrated he drags them back out... until he hears the father read the Christ ...more
A fun Christmas story from the author of Bear Snores On and the like.
A charming tale of a mouse who learns the true meaning of Christmas.
This year, my 5 year old has asked to read this book again and again. It is a really cute story highlighting the real reason for Christmas. It tells the story of Jesus birth in an accessible way and invites children to make room for Jesus in our Christmas celebration. I use a "mouse" voice for Mortimer and my son really likes the squeaky "no, no, no" when Mortimer can't find room in the stable for him.
Kate Hastings
Nov 11, 2007 Kate Hastings rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Grades PreK- 1 nativity
Shelves: christmas-books
Mortimer the mouse is tired of his cold, dark hole and finds a perfect new place to sleep-- a tabletop nativity scene. Every night he removes all of the statues to make room, until he hears the Christmas story of Jesus being born in a stable because there was no room. He puts all the pieces back and prays for a new home... which appears in the form of a gingerbread house. Giggle. CUTE!
Poor Mortimer mouse finds his mouse hole home to be cramped and creepy. As Christmas time approaches he notices a perfect home- the stable of a nativity scene! When Mortimer hears the story of the first Christmas, he realizes the home belongs to baby Jesus. As he turns to go back to his dark, creepy hole, a new home, covered in candies and frosting catches his eye!
Dawn Teresa
I love this little book. The story of a little mouse who is looking for a warm place to sleep around Christmas. He moves into the manger scene and takes Jesus out of the hay. Eventually, he hears the story of Christ's birth, though, and he decides to make room for Jesus. He then is rewarded with an even better place to stay--a gingerbread house!
This was my favorite from this year's pile of Christmas books. I love Wilson and Chapman and their expressive characters (like Bear and Mole and Badger), and maybe it's because we just finally rid our house of its rodent residents and I'm feeling more generous toward mice, but I found this to be a wonderful glimpse of Christmas magic.
This was much cuter than I had anticipated. H had picked out a bunch of "junk" books while we were both browsing at the library. I let her borrow them all. I assumed this would be in that "ok" category, but it was much more charming than I had anticipated. It is now in our permanent collection for December reads.
Mortimer lives in a dark hole until he spies a house just his size near the Christmas tree. He moves all the occupants from the stable...until he overhears the story of Jesus. Warm ending...too much Christian theme to bring out for library storytime...may be perfect for outreach to Christian education preschool.
I love this book. It is darling the pictures are wonderful. It made me laugh and a little teary when mortimer finds out the true meaning of Christmas. I loved the ending, it was so cute. Children love reading this story about Mortimer.
I loved this book! Probably because it deals with a nativity which is one of my favorite things at Christmas-time. But the illustrations are beautiful and the story is sweet about making room for Jesus.
Heather C.
A wonderful preschool Christmas book with the cutest pictures.(This is Karma Wilson, of Bear Wants More, Bear Stays Up, etc. fame)
I challenge you to read it without tearing up at the end!
Entertaining perspective of a mouse's experience with a nativity scene and Christmas. It says ages 2-6, but there's too much text on some pages to hold a toddler's attention, in my opinion.
Very sweet story, but the end worried me. What is going to happen to poor Mortimer when the people find out? Still, one I'll definitely add to our Christmas favorites.
Joy Gerbode
This is a cute story about a mouse in the manger ... and a reminder that there was no room for Jesus that first Christmas, and we need to make room for Him in our lives.
I just loved this story. Mortimer found not one but two places to call home and learned a lesson with each one. The illustrations were a delight.
This is cute, and a nice message.... if you can stop yourself from thinking too much about a mouse wanting to find a cozy place in your house!
What a precious book! I love Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman. This has become one of my favorite Christmas stories-a wonderful gift for little people.
I LOVE. THIS. BOOK!!! It has always been a favorite at Christmas time for Thomas too! What a great realization this little mouse has! A must read!
Cute story but did not appreciate the twist that Jesus gives you what you want. Santa can give you what you want but Jesus is not an ATM.
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