What Our Readers Say

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“The birth of Jesus is one of the greatest miracles of the Bible. It’s a beautiful story that families celebrate every year at Christmas. Mouse in the Manger by Robert Z Hicks – “Mr. Bob” offers a creative and exciting way for children to experience the birth of Jesus from the viewpoint of a mouse.

Children will love the rhythm and rhyme narrative of Micah the Mouse who saw the whole story unfold before his eyes. Micah’s story begins with the weary donkey bringing the travelers to the stable, and ends with the camels who brought the wise men to offer their gifts to Jesus.

What I like is that Micah only communicates with the animals; there is no animal-human conversation. Can you imagine what it would have been like to be one of the animals in the stable when Jesus was born? Mr. Bob can–and he uses his imagination to tell the Christmas story through the eyes of Micah the Mouse.”
Crystal Bowman, best-selling Christian children’s author


Mouse In The Manger is a wonderful new children’s book that both adults and children will enjoy.

Being a former art teacher, I can’t say enough about the wonderful illustrations that so beautifully accompany the equally beautiful and well written text.

The drawings are at once charming and yet bold, with characters that children will easily relate to. Illustrations and text comfortably complement each other.

A “user friendly” size for little hands, this book is a great addition to any children’s library.”
Nancy R. SkwireX


Comments from judges when Mouse In The Manger was a Finalist in the Florida Writers Association Royal Palm Literary Awards competition:

“The author presents a fresh approach with Micah, the cute little mouse, telling us the Christmas story. I felt Micah was talking to me, and I heard him talk to the camels. I could feel his fear and then lack of fear at the miracle occurring in front of his eyes and right there in the stable, his house. Great job!”

“Young children will find the details of the story easy to relate to, while older elementary children will find the questions/answers (Study Guide) a fun activity.”

“The pictures are gorgeous and do a very good job of illustrating the story.
The artist did some fantastic art work.”


“This is an awesome book for children as well as adults to read to the young ones. The colorful pages keeps kids captive while the beautiful story about the birth of Christ is taught in a way they can really understand.

Mouse in the Manger should be in everyone’s home and become a new tradition at Christmas time. What child doesn’t like to curl up with a loving adult and have a story read to them?”
Linda GagnonX


“We had the privilege of receiving a copy of Mouse In The Manger a while ago from Mr. Hicks. The other night, our boys, ages 9 and 10, picked Mouse in the Manger off the shelf for their bedtime story. As we were reading, Joshua commented, “Wow! Mr. Bob is really good at rhyming words. He is really talented. I love this story.”
Daniel & Shana GowerX


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“I believe that Tommie Turtle will take your children into a wonderful new world of freedom to be who God has created them to be, and that Mr. Bob has the gift of words that will serve as the vehicle to carry them there.”
Ruthi Rolseth – artist


“I would like to congratulate you on winning Best Children’s Book as well as Book of the Year grand prize winner in FWA’s annual 2008 Royal Palm Literary Awards Competition with Tommie Turtle’s Secret.

You are an exemplary citizen and you should be very proud of all you have accomplished. I know you will be an example of initiative and perseverance to everyone around you.”
Senator Mike Fasano, Florida State Senate, District 11X


Tommie Turtle’s Secret appeals to all ages. Diversity, bullying, bragging, and other current issues are addressed as Tommie deals with Hoppy Bunny.  Teachers love the follow-up activities.”
Berta J. Ulm, Ed.S. – Sylvester, GAX


“Tommie Turtle’s Secret is indeed a delightful book!  The rhyming is fun for all.  The illustrations are wonderful!  But the best part of the book is Mr. Hicks’ ability to get across life lessons to children that are so needed in our society today.  Kindness, forgiveness, being a friend to others, and finding the special qualities you have and can use in life are priceless.

The questions for discussion in the back of the book make it especially attractive to parents, grandparents, teachers, and media specialists.  You and the children will love Tommie!”
Sue Oxendorf – retired teacher, Spring Hill, FLX


Thank you for reading me Tommy Turtle’s Secret.  The story really inspired me to believe and if I win do not brag.  I was a little bit like the bunny but now I am different.”
4th Grade Student


“I would certainly recommend this book to not only families, but to teachers in the classroom.  It could be used in a creative writing activity in which the students “rewrite” an Aesop’s Fable, and try to solve the problem in the fable in a new way.  The author’s clever title, Tommie Turtle’s Secret, could be used as a springboard to a classroom activity in which the students think of alternate titles for well known stories.”
Judge‘s Comments – 2008 Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards