139th out of 391 books — 556 voters
Mortimer's Christmas Manger
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 to...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published October 4th 2005 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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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
Dec 13, 2011 Penelope rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
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.
Dec 03, 2012 Melanie rated it 4 of 5 stars
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!
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.
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.
Dec 21, 2011 Jennybug rated it 5 of 5 stars · review of another edition
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.
Dec 10, 2010 Karen rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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
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!
Nov 11, 2007 Kate Hastings rated it 4 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Grades PreK- 1 nativity
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!
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.
Karma Wilson grew up an only child of a single mother in the wilds of North Idaho. Way back then (just past the stone age and somewhat before the era of computers) there was no cable TV and if there had been Karma could not have recieved it. TV reception was limited to 3 channels, of which one came in with some clarity. Karma did the only sensible thing a lonely little girl could do…she read or pl...moreMore about Karma Wilson...