jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk BLOG Wednesday 1st December 2021
ADVENT DOOR 1 – 24 DAY COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS DAY!
- A CHRISTMAS CARD.
- THOUGHT FOR CHRISTMAS.
Lo and Behold! Mouse and Mole by Joyce Dunbar and James Mayhew
Publisher : Graffeg Limited
Hardcover : 32 pages
Age : 5-7 years
THE PUBLISHER’S BLURB
‘Perfect for a little one’s Christmas stocking.’ Zoe James-Williams, Drawing on Books
‘Much hilarity and warmth in these lovely tales perfect for telling on a chilly winter bedtime.’ It’s All About Stories
‘It is such a perfect story and as always the affection and humour between Mouse and Mole is just storybook perfection’ EdSpire
Celebrate this festive season with three brand new Mouse and Mole short stories by Joyce Dunbar and James Mayhew.
Mole wakes one morning to find the ground is covered in snow! Mouse and Mole decide to build their very own snowy friend – Snowmole – but Mole doesn’t want to leave him alone so decides to keep him company all night long and wakes to find another snowy surprise.
Lo and Behold!
Mole is impatiently waiting for Christmas to come when Mouse presents Mole with a brilliant gift – an advent calendar! Mouse and Mole use the advent calendar to countdown to Christmas and complete all the festive chores that need to be done and before they know it…it’s Christmas Eve!
A Bump in the Night
Late at night on Christmas Eve, Mouse and Mole are getting ready for bed, when they realise they’ve forgotten a few important tasks – putting the stockings by the chimney, leaving the mince pies and cherry brandy out for Father Christmas and sending their Christmas lists – but as they finish these jobs something goes BUMP! in the night…
About the Author
Joyce Dunbar is best known for her lively and quirky picture books stories, with their wide emotional range. The Guardian has named her as ‘one of the best writers for children today’ with praise for her ‘sensitivity, lyrical style and gentle humour’. She revels in the joy of language, the playfulness of words, and in seeing her work fabulously brought to life by world-class illustrators including her daughter Polly Dunbar. Many of her stories have been dramatized for the stage and as puppet shows, with Longnosepuppets and Norwich Puppet Theatre. James Mayhew is an acclaimed illustrator, author, concert presenter and storyteller. His publications with Graffeg include The Knight Who Took All Day (adapted as a work for narrator and orchestra by Bernard Hughes), the Gaspard series with Zeb Soanes, Koshka’s Tales – Stories from Russia and illustrations for the Mouse and Mole series by Joyce Dunbar, animated for television with the voices of Alan Bennett and Richard Briers. He is also the creator of the Katie art books and Ella Bella Ballerina series. He has worked with many orchestras and musicians including the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, painting illustrations live on stage to performances of classical music, including The Firebird, Scheherazade and Pictures at an Exhibition. James was awarded the 1994 New York Times prize for illustration.
We always get over excited at the announcement of a new Mouse and Mole book. We got doubly excited when we knew it was a Mouse and Mole Christmas story.
And not just one, but as usual we are treated to three wonderful, relaxing stories in one book.
Just superb value and a superb addition to any child’s Christmas bookshelf. To be honest the books is so cosy and Christmassy it is a comforting Christmas read for anyone of any age and gets you into the Christmas spirit.
Mouse and Mole are beautiful well rounded and well-crafted characters that everyone immediately falls in love with them. In every story they have simple uncompleted adventures and yet so interesting and different that keeps the reader glued to the story.
The writing is wonderfully creative which is enhanced by multiple quaint full colour sketches on everyone of the tremendous pages. These sketches add so much to the beauty of this very special Christmas book.
There is lots of humour throughout the stories. Humour makes a good story. It is the key to life. But you also need sensitivity and Joyce Dunbar is a truly sensitive writer which is widely evident in the Mouse and Mole stories and particularly in Lo and Behold Mouse and Mole.
As you read the stories the descriptions and pictures of Mole and Mouse are so realistic that you feel you are there having fun with them. And what fun you have.
We so love the Mouse and Mole Christmas stories that we have awarded Lo and Behold! Mouse and Mole, the jeanniejeanniejeannie.co.uk Children’s Christmas Picture Book of 2021.
The book has all the features of an excellent traditional feelgood Christmas story book!
Books in the series:
Mouse & Mole
Mouse & Mole: Have a Party
A Very Special Mouse & Mole
Happy Days for Mouse & Mole
Mouse & Mole: A Fresh Start
Mouse & Mole: The Secret of Happiness
Mouse & Mole: Lo and Behold
- A Christmas Track.
- Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (feat. Frank Sinatra) Kylie Minogue 2:16
- A CHRISTMAS ALBUM.
- AN ANNUAL.
- A CHRISTMAS THEMED GAME.
- CHRISTMAS FILMS.
- A CHRISTMAS CHOCOLATE SELECTION BOX.
- A CHRISTMAS THEMED JIGSAW.
- A CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS BOOK.
- DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS.
- ADULT CHRISTMAS BOOK.
- A CHRISTMAS TREE.
- CHRISTMAS JUMPERS.
- CHRISTMAS TV TIMES.
- CHRISTMAS RADIO TIMES.
- A PANTOMIME.
- ELF ON THE SHELF.
- CHRISTMAS TOP TEN.
TOP 10 CHRISTMAS WEEK No.1s 1952- 1961
Year Artist Song Weeks at
1952 Al Martino “Here in My Heart” 9
1953 Frankie Laine “Answer Me” 8
1954 Winifred Atwell “Let’s Have Another Party” 5
1955 Dickie Valentine “Christmas Alphabet” 3
1956 Johnnie Ray “Just Walkin’ in the Rain” 7
1957 Harry Belafonte “Mary’s Boy Child” 7
1958 Conway Twitty “It’s Only Make Believe” 5
1959 Emile Ford and the Checkmates “What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For?” 6
1960 Cliff Richard and The Shadows “I Love You” 2
1961 Danny Williams “Moon River” 2
- SANTA & RUDOLF.
- TWO CHRISTMAS FACT.
- 1066 – King William I of England was crowned on Christmas Day.
- 1640 – Scotland abolished the observance of Christmas (until 1958 when it became a legal holiday).
- A CHRISTMAS CRACKER JOKE.
WHAT DID SANTA DO WHEN HE WENT SPEED DATING – HE PULLED A CRACKER
- CHRISTMAS GINGERBREAD HOUSE.
©2021 Phil M Robinson