The Barking Mouse [NOOK Book]


Mam?, Pap?, Sister, and Brother Rat?n go for a picnic on a beautiful day. After a delicious lunch of medianoches and lemonade, Mam? and Pap? smooch?eeewww!?and Brother and Sister must find something to do. And what could be more fun than teasing the cat behind the fence? But the fence isn?t as high as they think! Faster than they can say, ?Adios, Gato!? Brother and Sister are racing back to Mam? and Pap? with ...
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Mamá, Papá, Sister, and Brother Ratón go for a picnic on a beautiful day. After a delicious lunch of medianoches and lemonade, Mamá and Papá smooch—eeewww!—and Brother and Sister must find something to do. And what could be more fun than teasing the cat behind the fence? But the fence isn’t as high as they think! Faster than they can say, “Adios, Gato!” Brother and Sister are racing back to Mamá and Papá with the cat in pursuit. The brave Ratón family knows what to do—hide behind Mamá! But what will Mamá do?

A Spanish mouse family enjoys their picnic, until a cat threatens them, and mother mouse must save the day by demonstrating her ability to speak another language. Story is interspersed with various Spanish words.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-This retelling of a Cuban folktale moves slowly as a mouse family on a picnic has an encounter with an orange tabby cat. Also, the title reveals the twist at the end, wherein Mam proves herself the more useful parent when she frightens the cat away. The story is preceded by a glossary of 14 Spanish words and phrases. Simple sentences and amusing characterizations may engage some children, but many will be put off by the mouse parents' obsession with "smooching." Aguirre's freshly hued acrylic pictures feature flat cartoon profiles and a variety of composition styles.-Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
From the Publisher

"A welcome choice for kids who speak English, Spanish, or both."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781497680227
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 9/23/2014
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: NOOK Kids
  • Edition description: Digital Original
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • File size: 20 MB
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Meet the Author

Antonio Sacre, born in Boston to a Cuban father and Irish-American mother, is an internationally touring writer, storyteller, and solo performance artist based in Los Angeles. He earned a BA in English from Boston College and an MA in Theater Arts from Northwestern University. He has performed at the National Book Festival at the Library of Congress, the Kennedy Center, the National Storytelling Festival, and museums, schools, libraries, and festivals internationally.
Alfredo Aguirre is a Mexican illustrator and graphic designer.

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The Barking Mouse

By Antonio Sacre, Alfredo Aguirre


Copyright © 2003 Antonio Sacre
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-8075-0571-7


Once upon a time there was a family of mice. There was Mamá Ratón, Papá Ratón, and Brother and Sister Ratón. They all went on a picnic on a beautiful day.

Mamá had a beautiful voice and sang as she walked.

Papá had big muscles (or so he thought). He carried a huge picnic basket.

Sister was older than Brother and was very brave.

Brother had big muscles like his dad (or so he thought) and was almost as brave as his sister.

"Boo!" said Sister. "Yikes!" said Brother.

As they searched for a place to eat, they passed a tall fence.

"Psst! Hermana! I hear a cat lives behind this fence!" said Brother.

"I'm not scared of any cat," said Sister.

"Me, neither," said Brother

Mamá sang a pretty song while Brother and Sister helped Papá unload the food.

Papá said, "Here are the medianoches, and the pollo frito, and the congrí, and the bread, and the lemonade. What are you all going to eat?"

"Papá, you are so bad!" said Mamá.

"I have to eat a lot to keep these muscles so huge!" said Pamá.

When they were done eating, Brother and Sister said, "Mamá, Papá! Vamos a jugar. We want to go play."

"Children, you go play by yourselves," said Mamá. "Me and Papá, we're going to stay here and smooch."

Papá said, "Yippee!" And they started smooching. Smmooocch!

Brother and Sister said, "Eeewwww!" So they went to play by themselves.

They played hide-and-go-seek. Sister was always It.

They played fútbol. Sister scored again!

The played "close your eyes and spin till you fall down."

They both won!

They had a great time.

They went to check on Mamá and Papá.

Mamá and Papá were still smooching. Smmooocch!


So Brother and Sister went and played some more.


Excerpted from The Barking Mouse by Antonio Sacre, Alfredo Aguirre. Copyright © 2003 Antonio Sacre. Excerpted by permission of ALBERT WHITMAN & Company.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2005


    Great bi-lingual story, students love everything about this book, including the 'smooching' part! They loved all the characters and want it read again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2005

    My Son the author

    My son's first childrens book and he did a excellent job !!! I read it to children at a day care that I worked in and they all giggled over the parent's smooching and they liked the whole story .

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2003

    My Boys' Favorite Book

    This book is a big hit at my house. It's probably not the best for bedtime because it has my boys rolling with giggles, especially the smooching part. What can I say--they are 4 and 7! Good story intersperesed with Spanish words, and includes a glossary. A very funny way of driving home the need to know more than one language.

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