Itsy-Bitsy Baby Mouse


A lost little mouse must navigate a huge house to find his way home in this sweet picture book from Michelle Meadows and Matthew Cordell.

Itsy-bitsy baby mouse
Tap and tumble ’round the house
Chase a busy buzzy fly
Creap and leap and reach up high...

Baby Mouse’s curiosity lets him discover all sorts of things—but it has also led him away ...

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A lost little mouse must navigate a huge house to find his way home in this sweet picture book from Michelle Meadows and Matthew Cordell.

Itsy-bitsy baby mouse
Tap and tumble ’round the house
Chase a busy buzzy fly
Creap and leap and reach up high...

Baby Mouse’s curiosity lets him discover all sorts of things—but it has also led him away from his parents. Lost in a large house, this itsy-bitsy baby mouse seeks to find something familiar that could lead him home. How will he find his way? Michelle Meadows and Matthew Cordell pair up to make a path for Itsy-Bitsy Baby Mouse—and young readers—to joyfully follow.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
The protagonist of the title is a tiny house mouse with a free spirit. Opening scenes show him “Whirling, twirling/ round the house,” chasing a fly, and climbing a dinner table to enjoy some pie. But when he loses track of where he is, he panics—“WHERE AM I?” Cordell’s (Leap Back Home to Me) watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations take in the action from a variety of intriguing perspectives that ground readers by showing bits of rug, tile, or floor for context. Meadows’s (Traffic Pups) simple, rhyming text shifts a bit awkwardly between third- and first-person as the mouse meets a ladybug, climbs up a cat thinking it’s a pillow, and eventually finds his way home by remembering visual clues (tree, key, red door). The ending is fuzzy—the cat appears to grab the mouse’s tail, leading to another freakout (“Have mercy, cat./ Please let me go!”), but then the mouse is roused by his parents, the second encounter with the cat apparently entirely in the small mouse’s head. Nonetheless, it’s an energetic domestic adventure. Ages 3–7. Agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio. (Mar.)
School Library Journal
PreS-K—A tiny mouse explores a house, chasing a fly and nibbling pie until it realizes that it is lost. After a close encounter with a cat, the mouse finds a friendly stranger who helps it identify landmarks to find its way home. The little creature is almost there when something grabs its tail. Baby throws a kicking, screaming fit, thinking it's the cat, but when it opens its eyes, it sees its parents, and the book ends with a family hug. Though slight, the story reads aloud well. The rhyme scheme is similar to Anna Dewdney's "Llama Llama" books (Viking) but is less dense since there are never more than four lines per spread. Cordell's normally delightful cartoon art is a bit uneven here. Some spreads shine, especially those that play with perspective and show how truly "itsy bitsy" Baby is in a human-size world, but the spread showing the path home is static and two-dimensional. The text calls for Baby to "Climb up on a wooden ledge./Cross and hop down off the edge," but the flat perspective makes it seem unnecessary to climb at all—it appears to be a straight line home. Additional.—Anna Haase Krueger, Antigo Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
"Itsy bitsy baby mouse" gets very lost and must find his way in this home-away-home mouse adventure for the wee set. "Itsy bitsy baby mouse" euphorically whirls and twirls around the house, chasing a fly up a table leg and sampling apple-pie crumbs until he suddenly realizes he's lost. Panic grips baby mouse as he frantically darts about looking for his parents and weeping, "Mama, Papa!" When he spies "teensy-weensy ladybug," he follows her up a "fuzzy mound" that's "soft and round"--and turns out to be a sleeping cat. Beating a hasty retreat, baby mouse and ladybug bump into a friendly mouse, who directs them to baby mouse's front door, but not before he imagines the cat's got his tail. Simple, rhyming text relates baby mouse's almost-tragic foray into the wide world inside the house, while charming pen, ink and watercolor illustrations track his frantic little journey across the pages, often marking his route with a dashed line. Comic close-ups expressively emphasize baby mouse's changing moods, while distance shots highlight his diminutive stature in relation to furniture--and cats. Another appealing mouse hero likely to tickle toddlers embarking on their own adventures. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416937869
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 3/6/2012
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 1,461,522
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michelle Meadows is the author of Traffic Pups, Pilot Pups, Piggies in the Kitchen, Hibernation Station, and The Way the Storm Stops. She lives in Silver Springs, Maryland.

Matthew Cordell illustrated Leap Back Home to Me by Lauren Thompson. His work has also appeared in The Moon Is La Luna; Righty and Lefty: A Tale of Two Feet; and Trouble Gum, and Another Brother, which he wrote and illustrated. He lives with his wife and daughter near Chicago.

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