Blabber Mouse

Blabber Mouse

by True Kelley
     
 

What do you do when you have a friend you like a whole lot who just can't keep his big mouth shut-and sometimes even tells other people's secrets? Blabber Mouse's friends have that dilemma. They don't want to be mean, but when at last he can't keep from telling their teacher that she forgot to give the class homework, they know they have to do something. They think…  See more details below

Overview

What do you do when you have a friend you like a whole lot who just can't keep his big mouth shut-and sometimes even tells other people's secrets? Blabber Mouse's friends have that dilemma. They don't want to be mean, but when at last he can't keep from telling their teacher that she forgot to give the class homework, they know they have to do something. They think they've found the perfect answer when they throw Blabber a party and give him a diary for writing down his secrets.

In this warm, good-natured school story, clever dialogue and adorable mice characters bring real childhood issues and tensions humorously to the surface. And in a delightful conclusion, Blabber shows he can actually keep something to himself!

Author Biography: True Kelley is the author and illustrator of many children's books.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A loquacious mouse stars in Kelley's (Buggly Bear's Hiccup Cure; Look, Baby! Listen, Baby! Do, Baby!) entertaining story with an unexpected ending. Unable to bridle his big mouth, Blabber divulges everything, from the secret location of a friend's cheesy-chip cookie stash to schoolyard crushes and movie endings. He also has a hard time keeping his gossip straight ("Last night my mom was a nervous wreck running around the house!" becomes "Charlotte's mom wrecked their house last night"). Rather than ostracizing him for these indiscretions, Blabber's friends and teacher surprise him with a party and gifts, including a diary into which he now can spill his secrets. This antidote, perhaps unrealistically, solves Blabber's problem in short order. Kelley's thoroughly modern mice sport pierced tails, snowboard and wear environmentally conscious "Save the Fields" T-shirts. Her exuberant pen and watercolor illustrations provide humor worth revisiting and keep this tale on an upbeat track. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Blabber Mouse loves to talk. He means well, but sometimes his big mouth gets him into trouble. Especially when he blabs secrets, like telling LuLu that JoJo has a secret crush on her. Blabber's friends decide they have to do something, and with the help of their teacher, come up with a creative and positive way to help Blabber control his urge to tell all. Anyone who has blurted out a secret and alienated friends in the process will relate to this story. Told with humor and delightfully illustrated, the text is surrounded by captions and balloons that are fun to read. The author has illustrated over seventy-five books for children, several about mice. She also likes to talk, but tries never to blab other people's secrets. 2001, Dutton Children's Books, $15.99. Ages 5 to 8. Reviewer:Cheryl Peterson
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Kelley has created a charming cast of characters and an effective narrative to teach children about gossip. Blabber Mouse likes to talk about anything and everything, including friends' secrets that shouldn't be revealed. At school, he is something of a disruption until, after a particularly bad day, his teacher and mice classmates come up with an elaborate plan to cure Blabber of his compulsive chatter. Their compassion is a fine example for children, who most certainly have at least one Blabber in their classes. The author shows the negative effects of talking about other people, while keeping the tone light with bright cartoon pages and humorous idiosyncrasies, such as the teacher's tattoo. The text is lively, though it goes a bit overboard with examples of Blabber's excessive talking. Still, the book addresses a common problem directly, and with levity.-Holly T. Sneeringer, St. Mark School, Baltimore, MD Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Jokes, poetry, secrets, rumors-Blabber Mouse just can't stop talking. The little guy has a hard time keeping his mouth shut about anything, and hurts his friends and family by telling their secrets and spreading rumors about them. Blabber's friends decide to help him by throwing him a surprise party. When Blabber arrives, he can't believe his eyes and is even more surprised to find that no one said anything at all. As he tears off the wrapping of his present, Blabber realizes that it is a little book with a key and a lock. He now has a place to write down all his secrets instead of blabbing them to everyone. The cartoon-like watercolor illustrations simply portraying mice wearing sunglasses, attending movies, sitting at their desks in school, and dancing might draw some giggles from young readers, but they aren't enough to overcome some major issues with the story. The message is clear: talking too much can be harmful, but the answer to Blabber Mouse's problem seems too simplistic. And why are they giving him a party, anyway? While the intent is good, this lesson misses its mark. (Picture book. 2-5)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525467427
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.66(w) x 11.12(h) x 0.42(d)
Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

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