Saint Nicholas and the Mouse of Myra
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This graphic novel illustrates the life of St. Nicholas from his beginnings as a young priest in Asia Minor in the late 3rd Century until just before his death in the mid 4th Century. The wisdom and Christian teachings of Nicholas are revealed through conversations with a Greek-attired mouse named Cicero who is dressed to look like a little philosopher. Cicero questions many of Nicholas's decisions until the mouse himself converts to Christianity late in the story. An excellent introduction to one of the most important, least understood, real characters in Christian history.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 128
Vendor: Paraclete Press
Dimensions: 7.75 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1612614701
ISBN-13: 9781612614700
Ages: 6-12

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Publisher's Description

This playful book illustrates—in vivid color and 
storytelling—the life of St. Nicholas of Myra from 
his beginnings as a young priest in Asia Minor in 
the late 3rd century until just before his death. 
Kids will watch as he learns and practices the 
generosity that led to him becoming the father of 
Christmas giving (“St. Nick”). As with Saint Francis 
and Brother Duck, Jay Stoeckl’s first foray into this 
genre, one fictional character is added to the mix 
through whom the wisdom and Christian teachings 
of Nicholas’s life can be revealed through dialogue: 
a Greek-attired philosopher-mouse by the name of 
Cicero. He questions many of Nicholas’s actions, 
often hilariously, until the mouse himself converts to 
Christianity late in the story. The result is an excellent 
introduction to the life of one of the least-understood 
and appreciated real characters in Christian history

Author Bio

From an early age, Jay Stoeckl was an aspiring 
cartoonist. After traveling to Assisi, he was inspired 
by the life of Saint Francis and professed as a 
Secular Franciscan. His first graphic novel of a saint, 
Saint Francis and Brother Duck, was published to 
wide acclaim last year. He has a master’s degree 
in teaching and has taught elementary and middle 
school for eleven years. Jay lives in southwestern 
Colorado with his family.
 

Editorial Reviews

Was there a real Saint Nicholas? Is he more than the character seen in malls during the Christmas season? Children in elementary and middle school will delight in discovering that the beloved figure was a real person who lived in the late third and early fourth centuries. He was a man of faith who learned that a spirit of generosity and caring is part of being a faithful Christian. Jay Stoeckl has skillfully written and illustrated his graphic novel in chapter-book form. He even gives Nicholas a friendly companion—Cicero, the philosopher-mouse. Cicero, dressed in a tiny Greek toga, helps his friend through his journey from young lad to priest and defender of the faith.
A scripture verse for each chapter focuses on the main lessons Nicholas learns along the way. Saint Nicholas and the Mouse of Myra is an excellent graphic novel for Christian youth.

—Mary Lou Henneman, Congregational Libraries Today

A while back, my son and I thoroughly enjoyed the book Saint Francis and Brother Duck by Jay Stoeckl, OFS.  This year, together we’re reading his new book Saint Nicholas and the Mouse of Myra.  Like its predecessor, Saint Nicholas and the Mouse of Myra is a graphic novel about the spiritual journey of a saint.  Like its predecessor, it also features an adorably-drawn animal sidekick to help convey the story of the saint in question.  The mouse in this book is full of personality, cheeky and smart and frequently challenging Nicholas to explain his life choices in a way that allows for the saint’s beliefs to unfold easily throughout the story.

The book moves along at a nice pace and is a very engaging and colorful introduction to the saint upon whom Santa Claus is based; I particularly like its message about generous giving to the poor.  It’s a great read for kids eight and up (and for their parents, too — I’m learning a lot about Saint Nicholas that I didn’t know before).

Both The Christmas Stick and Saint Nicholas and the Mouse of Myra were review copies courtesy of Paraclete Press, which publishes all sorts of great spiritual books for kids and adults.  Check them out — I promise you’ll find something you like.

Ginny Kubitz Moyer, Random Acts of Momness

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