Mouse house tales

Susan Pearson

Book - 2013

Mouse's friends help her build and decorate a new home, but as soon as she settles in she begins to hear strange noises.

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Genres
Picture books
Published
Maplewood, NJ : Blue Apple Books 2013.
Language
English
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) ; color illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN
9781609050504
1609050509
Main Author
Susan Pearson (-)
Other Authors
Amanda Shepherd (illustrator)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Mouse wants a house, so helpful friends, including a mole, bird, spider, beaver, owl, and goat, set about building her the perfect home, each contributing according to his or her special talent. A second story, "Mouse Mystery," shows Mouse in her completed house. When she is convinced she hears a ghost, her pals once again act to resolve her problems. The resolution may be predictable, but it sets the right tone for a charming story of giving and sharing. The story, told in verse, is gently supported by soft-hued illustrations that become increasingly strong. They show a wide variety of emotions and actions that will allow younger children to "read" the story. Pair this with Welcome to Zanzibar Road, by Niki Daly (2006); Dog and Bear: Three to Get Ready, by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (2009); or Duck in the Truck, by Jez Alborough (2000). Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Mouse is fortunate in her many friends. Although each one sees the world through a very particular lens—Wren thinks all homes are essentially versions of a nest; Goat believes any occasion is made better with cheese, which becomes the book's running joke—they are always ready to work together and help her. In the first of two stories divided into a handful of brief chapters, the animals come together to help Mouse build a home; in the second, they join forces in an attempt to build Mouse a trap to catch what she thinks is a ghost. Even when her friends' efforts don't pan out, Mouse never questions their concern for her well-being. By subtly addressing the ingredients of successful friendships—a tolerance for quirks and peccadilloes, a willingness to believe in the good will of others—Pearson (Slugger) and Shepherd (Such a Silly Baby!) create some genuine food for thought. Although Pearson's writing vacillates unpredictably between rhymes and straightforward prose, Shepherd expertly choreographs her large, eager cast, bringing forth their distinctive effusiveness. Ages 4–8. (Nov.) [Page ]. Copyright 2013 PWxyz LLC

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—Two stories for beginning readers about Mouse and her new home. First, Mouse wants a house, and she wants to build it beneath a certain tree. Mole offers to dig the hole, Beaver chews her a nice wood floor, and Goat brings some cheese. Her friends make her everything from curtains to furniture, and, once again, Goat brings some cheese. When they are finished and the house is looking just right, Goat brings, well, you know. Time to eat! In "Mystery Mouse," Mouse is happy in her new home until she begins to hear strange noises in the night, so her friends present their own special brand of traps to snare the intruder. Spider spins a web, and Bunny scatters peas on the floor, but Goat is skeptical. "It won't work," he says. Later that night, Goat is proven right and proposes his own solution. A menagerie of animals with distinct personalities and snappy wardrobes brings these simple tales of friendship and fun to life. Shepherd's pen, watercolor, and mixed-media art provides exceptional appeal. Attention to detail and the exaggerated features of the characters enhance the merriment. Lots of fun for reading aloud, shared reading, or beginning readers alike. A first purchase.—Carol Connor, Cincinnati Public Schools, OH [Page 77]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Mouse's friends help her build and decorate a new home, but as soon as she settles in she begins to hear strange noises.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Two skill-building stories about an endearing little mouse and her animal friends follows her efforts to build a snug house and collect the things she needs before a scary noise at night reveals a homeless new friend. By the author of Slugs in Love.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

What makes a mouse house a home? With a problem to solve, an unexpected friendship, and a little mystery to unravel, Mouse House Tales offers twice the story of a picture book and all the warmth and charm of a modern classic. The book’s two stories can be read all at once, or one at a time, making it a perfect fit for those who want a longer, ?big kid” book but aren’t yet ready for text-heavy chapter books. Whether read aloud or by an independent reader, kids will relate to the emotions and friendships that help Mouse turn her ?sweet little house” into a warm and inviting home filled with fun, friends?and cheese!

Review by Publisher Summary 4

What makes a mouse house a home? With a problem to solve, an unexpected friendship, and a little mystery to unravel, Mouse House Tales offers twice the story of a picture book and all the warmth and charm of a modern classic. The book’s two stories can be read all at once, or one at a time, making it a perfect fit for those who want a longer, “big kid” book but aren’t yet ready for text-heavy chapter books. Whether read aloud or by an independent reader, kids will relate to the emotions and friendships that help Mouse turn her “sweet little house” into a warm and inviting home filled with fun, friends—and cheese!