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Christopher Mouse: The Tale of a Small Traveler
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Christopher Mouse: The Tale of a Small Traveler

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by William Wise, Patrick Benson (Illustrator)
 

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Recognition
• A Texas Bluebonnet 2005-2006 Master List Selection • A Bank Street Children's Book Committee Outstanding Children's Book of the Year • A Book Links Lasting Connection Book
Hardcover edition available:
Christopher Mouse 1582348782 - $15.95
Reviews
"The writing is nicely mannered but very accessible, making

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Recognition
• A Texas Bluebonnet 2005-2006 Master List Selection • A Bank Street Children's Book Committee Outstanding Children's Book of the Year • A Book Links Lasting Connection Book
Hardcover edition available:
Christopher Mouse 1582348782 - $15.95
Reviews
"The writing is nicely mannered but very accessible, making the book not only a winner for reading aloud but also a delightful offering for children moving past beginning readers." -Booklist, starred review
"Christopher Mouse may be small, but he has big adventures . . . his conversational account of his life will delight young readers." -School Library Journal
"Benson's highly textured, hatching-dense drawings enhance the slightly period flavor . . . Christopher and his brethren are engagingly and authentically portrayed." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582347080
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
05/30/2006
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
645,965
Product dimensions:
5.48(w) x 7.79(h) x 0.46(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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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Christopher Mouse : The Tale of a Small Traveler 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very nice book about a mouse who has many great adventures. Anyone will want to read this book for adventures, poetry and laughs.
peaceofsoul More than 1 year ago
I would recommend this book to pretty much anyone full of adventures and laughs.