A Mouse in My House

A Mouse in My House

by Nancy Van Laan

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Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The zoo in this house is the little boy who manifests all the characteristics of various animals. On the left page, readers see the animal and repetitive text that describe the animal's behavior. It is again cleverly depicted and retold on the right hand page. There is a lot to see in Priceman's amusing and lively art, and Van Laan's rhyming text is great for reading aloud. 1996 (orig.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-- A small boy compares his own activities to a variety of animals, including an angry bug, a clumsy lion, a greedy pig, and the mouse of the title. The game is a familiar one to most children, and this little boy certainly plays it with gusto. More of an illustrated verse than a story, the text's rollicking rhythm, rhyme, and repetition will encourage young listeners to join in. Busy, slightly offbeat watercolors expand on the lively, childlike humor. Each two-page spread contains two illustrations: a framed picture of the imaginary animal wreaking havoc in the house, and a more open, unframed picture of the boy engaged in the same activity. The artwork has some of the naive perspectives of a child's drawings, a style that perfectly suits the first-person narrative. Large groups will have trouble seeing the smaller details, but the story is well suited for smaller groups and one-on-one read-aloud sessions. There are also preschool story time participation/stretching possibilities. --Danita Nichols, New York Public Library

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