Christopher Mouse: The Tale of a Small Traveler

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Though his life begins "in a commonplace way," Christopher Mouse is not the least bit common. From his birth in an ordinary wire cage, to his close encounter with a large cat in the Egyptian room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Christopher proves an adventurer of the most intrepid sort -- and a budding poet as well. Before they leave the nest, Christopher tells his beloved sister, Anna, "We just need a little luck, and there's no reason why we shouldn't have it." He doesn't know how wrong he is ... and yet how...
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Overview

Though his life begins "in a commonplace way," Christopher Mouse is not the least bit common. From his birth in an ordinary wire cage, to his close encounter with a large cat in the Egyptian room at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Christopher proves an adventurer of the most intrepid sort -- and a budding poet as well. Before they leave the nest, Christopher tells his beloved sister, Anna, "We just need a little luck, and there's no reason why we shouldn't have it." He doesn't know how wrong he is ... and yet how right. With the delightful feel of a lost (and found) classic, this is the story of a rather extraordinary mouse who, through the force of will, and indeed, good luck, finds his own small way in a very large world.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Wise's book, in the form of a mouse's diary, is full of simple explanations of Christopher's life and the glorious and often-scary adventures he encounters as he travels from owner to owner. Christopher meets several colorful characters. One such character is a parrot, Retread, who recites poetry. Christopher's adventures take him to school, to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and finally into a loving home. Benson's simple illustrations do little to add excitement or interest to the book because of the simplicity of line and lack of color, but they do give further insight into Christopher Mouse's life. The insertion of poetry into the novel adds flavor and character. This novel offers an adventure that both children and adults will enjoy. 2004, New York/Bloomsbury Children's Books, Ages 8 to 12.
—Brandi Anderson
School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-Christopher Mouse may be small, but he has big adventures, all of which he has carefully documented in his first-person narrative. His conversational account of his life will delight young readers. After learning about poetry from a chatty parrot in a pet store, he creates verses and odes of varying lengths whenever the mood strikes him. The story begins with his early days with his mother and siblings to the time he is sold to a pet store in Greenwich Village. He is then sold to Freddy, but his time with his caring young owner is short-lived. Treachery abounds in the devious realm of Freddy's classmate Aubrey, a greedy child determined to make money to please his overbearing father, and the Youthful Taxidermist, who is looking for a new specimen for his collection. Christopher's escape results in an encounter with the giant shadow of an Egyptian cat at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. But never fear-this charming protagonist makes it through everything safely and leaves children wondering where life will lead him next. The occasional pen-and-ink illustrations offer a perfect little glimpse into his world.-Genevieve Gallagher, Orange County Public Library, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Christopher is a white mouse, born either for the pet shop or the laboratory, so when he's sold to a pet shop, and then to the ideal boy, he feels fortunate. Had he but known, however, he would not have been so smug, as his boy is soon gulled by a kid hustler, and Christopher is propelled into a series of adventures that include a harrowing escape into the Metropolitan Museum of Art (shades of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler). These travails never seem particularly urgent, however, as Christopher narrates his tale in a sort of sighing, dispassionate voice that never truly engages the reader. That his ending is a happy one comes as no great relief, as the mouse's formal, stilted voice keeps the reader at arm's length, despite the little verses the mouse composes to comfort himself. The tepidness of the tale begs comparison to more vigorous mice of yore, and rather than purchasing this offering, libraries will find themselves better served by replacement copies of A Cricket in Times Square. (Fiction. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582347080
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 5/30/2006
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 399,240
  • Age range: 7 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.48 (w) x 7.79 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

William Wise is the author of many books for children, including the picture books Ten Sly Piranhas and Dinosaurs Forever and the novel Nell of Branford Hall. He lives in New York City.

Patrick Benson won the Mother Goose Award for his illustration of William Mayne's Hob Stories. He has illustrated more than twenty books, including Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Mole and the Baby Bird by Marjorie Newman, a Christopher Award winner.

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Table of Contents

1 At Mrs. Crimmins's Place 1
2 "When Mrs. Crimmins Comes to Fetch You" 9
3 Last Days at Home 19
4 Poems and Parting 33
5 Freddy Willis 45
6 The Orphan Boy 57
7 "Oh, Sad is the Mousei" 69
8 Desperate Circumstances 79
9 The Boy with the Stuffed Owl 89
10 Something Overheard 99
11 On My Own 111
12 Life Among the Ladies 117
13 Weary Traveler 129
14 Walter and Abby 135
15 Journey's End 145
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    Very nice book about a mouse who has many great adventures. Anyo

    Very nice book about a mouse who has many great adventures. Anyone will want to read this book for adventures, poetry and laughs.

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  • Posted April 18, 2009

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    An amazing book

    I would recommend this book to pretty much anyone full of adventures and laughs.

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