Little Mouse’s Christmas

Reading material

Finnish pdf
English text

Original title: Pikku Hiiren Joulu

Published: 2017

Publisher: Tammi

Class/genre: Picture Book

Pages: 48

Part of a serie: Little Mouse

Book III in the ’Little Mouse’ series

Little Mouse has a long time to wait until Christmas! Luckily he has lots of things to do to get ready!
It’s almost Christmas and Little Mouse is looking forward to celebrating Christmas with Mummy Mouse and Grandpa and Grandma Mouse. But Christmas feels very far away and Little Mouse is very impatient!
Fortunately there are all kinds of things for Little Mouse to help with, like cooking gingerbread and choosing the right Christmas tree.

Rights sold:
FINLAND, Tammi (Original publisher)
UK & ANZ, Scribble/Scribe
CHINA, Beijing Yuntu Tech
ESTONIA, Rahva Raamat
FRANCE, Carbourakis
RUSSIA: Lenizdat

Praise for Little Mouse:

‘Beautifully illustrated … put together with enormous charm. I rather want to be invited to Little Mouse’s Christmas.’ – Alex O’Connell, The Times

‘English readers will see something of Beatrix Potter’s poetry and precision in the Helsinki-based illustrator and author’s retro ink and watercolour illustrations. Pitched at children aged up to four, Little Mouse will also delight parents, taking them back to when every day was an adventure.’ –William Yeoman, The Weekend West 

‘My little lady loves seeing her daily life and toddler trials and tribulations mirrored on the pages of this delightful read’
– Oh Creative Day

‘This book is a physically beautiful oddity, made more interesting by its unsanctimonious narrative arc and Jantti’s acknowledgement that parents will be inconsistent and and must often choose their battles…[D]rawings are Scandi sublime. My three-year-old adores Little Mouse’s defiance. If only it came with a free tail to yank.’
Alex O’Connell, Times (Children’s Book of the Week)

‘This is a universal story for mamas and their children; you’ll both be nodding in sympathy and laughing at such familiarity!’
– Jackie Small, My Little Bookcase

‘The illustrations inside are fantastic and provide a lot of talking points (I especially love the illustration of his bedroom…so many things to look at and talk about!) I think this is the perfect little story to read at bedtime and will make both parent and child giggle. Lovely!’ – Blabbering About Books

Riikka Jäntti

Riikka Jäntti, a 2003 graduate of Helsinki’s School of Art and Design, now part of Aalto University, is a Helsinki-based illustrator and author who has created art for both nonfiction and fairy tale books for children. Her first children’s book was published in 2005. Jäntti is best known for the adorable Little Mouse series that has been sold to 13 territories, including Australia, Nepal, and China !

In her illustrations she uses pen and ink as well as watercolor and gouache. In 2009 Jäntti won the first ever Tieto-Lauri, an award for children’s and juvenile non-fiction, for her illustrations in Viidakkotanssi (Jungle Dance). The book was written by Markku Löytönen about the explorer Rafael Karsten in Ecuador.

Author photo by Veikko Somerpuro.


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