I had this book for Christmas at about the age of three - my mother and I still read it together every Christmas, thirty years on! A wonderful, and very funny story of Christmas among the church mice of Wortlethorpe, as they try to raise money for a Christmas party, first by raffling Samson the cat (the brave boy runs away and back to the vestry), then by carol singing which leads to a few disasters - finally the mice succeed (after an incident in which Arthur and Humphrey pretend to be Father Christmas, with Samson as their reindeer!) by accidentally capturing a burglar, and winning a vast reward. As always, Samson, the mice, and the people and town of Wortlethorpe are wonderfully drawn, and there's lots of witty details in the pictures and beautifully-written text. A wonderful read for Christmas for the young and the not-so-young that will have you laughing and also rather moved.