Eek! There's a Mouse in the House

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Eek! There's a mouse in the house! Cat, Dog, Sheep, Hog, and more join a merry chase to catch the pesky rodent in a rhyming text with lighthearted illustrations. "An entertaining first book, filled with the things that children love -- silly rhymes, and funny, likable characters." -- School Library Journal

After discovery of a mouse in the house, larger and larger animals are sent in after one another, with increasingly chaotic ...

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Overview

Eek! There's a mouse in the house! Cat, Dog, Sheep, Hog, and more join a merry chase to catch the pesky rodent in a rhyming text with lighthearted illustrations. "An entertaining first book, filled with the things that children love -- silly rhymes, and funny, likable characters." -- School Library Journal

After discovery of a mouse in the house, larger and larger animals are sent in after one another, with increasingly chaotic results.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In this pandemonious, prepossessing debut, a girl allows a succession of antic animals into the house to chase a lively mouse which is itself dashing after an elusive hunk of Swiss cheese. But the striped cat gets sidetracked by a goldfish, the pig would rather eat cake, and so on, until the house fills with a number of animals embroiled in as many pursuits. The bedeviled narrator calls for reinforcements--from the cow, the horse and finally, the elephant. The rhyming text (``Send in the Hog / to shoo the Dog!'') is whimsical and appropriate; the meter, however, is often slightly off (``The Horse kicked a hole in the wall. / Send in the Elephant to get rid of them ALL!''). Readers can predict which animal will visit next by visual clues skillfully integrated into Lee's deliberately flattened gouaches, which have a two-dimensional quality akin to children's own art. Riotous colors and patterns--yellow-and-purple checkboard tiles, aquamarine living room walls, a flowery red-orange sofa--provide bright backdrops for Lee's rambunctious menagerie. Ages 2-3. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
A little mouse gives a fright. The cat is called to chase the rat, and thus ensues a humorous tale of one animal after another trying to chase the one preceding. A close look at each picture reveals the next animal to join the fray. Silly fun for little ones.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
A little mouse gives a fright. The cat is called to chase the rat, and, thus, ensues a humorous tale of one animal after another trying to chase the preceding one. The cat knocks over a lamp and the dog breaks a dish while the cat s sidetracked by a fish. The hog pigs out on cake and the cow and sheep enter the melee, but the poor sheep gets all tangled in yarn. The hen and horse join in, but something bigger is needed to make them all behave and that means "call in the elephant." Now there is no room for anyone else so they all must leave the house. Who would believe that a huge elephant could be frightened by a little mouse? A close look at each picture reveals a clue to the next animal to join the fray. Silly fun for little ones. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
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"An entertaining first book, filled with the things that children love—silly rhymes, and funny, likable characters." School Library Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780395720295
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 335,812
  • Age range: 3 - 4 Years
  • Lexile: 220L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Wong Herbert Yee lives in Michigan, where he writes and illustrates books for children including the Mouse and Mole series and the Fireman Small series. For a complete list of books by Wong Herbert Yee, visit www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com. For more information about Wong, visit his Web site at http://hometown.aol.com/wongherbertyee/

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