On the night before Christmas, no living thing stirs in the
house — except a mouse. Excited to sleep, he creeps quietly out of bed, careful
to not get caught. Santa Claus hasn't been to the house yet and he knows it
because the Christmas tree is still empty. But a loud sound startles him, and
lo and behold, a man dressed in silk comes in. Unable to move his paws or to
hide, the mouse, Lyle, is spotted by the man who must be Santa Claus. He leaves
Lyle not only with his smile and kind words but a gift that awaits when he
wakes up on Christmas morn.
Lyle's Christmas by Kimberly Vincent-Hampton is a heartwarming story of a mouse who wants nothing but to sleep on the night before Christmas. But the encounter with Santa Claus becomes the highlight of Christmas for him. The story is beautifully written for Children, with easy-to-read words and dazzling illustrations. Lyle is both anxious and excited, but his fears when he hears the loud sound lead to something magical, an unexpected twist. This lovely tale will, undoubtedly, engage readers in preschool and first grade. The author does a wonderful job of infusing the story with the Christmas atmosphere and writing elements that Children are familiar with — the calm of Christmas Eve that is symbolic of peace, the Christmas tree, and the beauty of giving. Lyle is a character that children will adore.