Library Mouse: A World to Explore


One night in the library, Sam meets fellow mouse Sarah. Sam learns that Sarah is quite the explorer. She loves to scurry to the tops of shelves and explore the darkest corners of the building. Sam never climbs far up?he?s too afraid! He prefers to research subjects?such as exploration?and write about them. Sarah doesn?t know much about writing or research, but could reading and research help her learn more about the places she wishes to visit? Together this duo shows that, with ...

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One night in the library, Sam meets fellow mouse Sarah. Sam learns that Sarah is quite the explorer. She loves to scurry to the tops of shelves and explore the darkest corners of the building. Sam never climbs far up—he’s too afraid! He prefers to research subjects—such as exploration—and write about them. Sarah doesn’t know much about writing or research, but could reading and research help her learn more about the places she wishes to visit? Together this duo shows that, with teamwork, anything is possible.

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In some ways, Sam is the perfect library mouse. This quiet homebody loves to read and research and write about his favorite subjects. But when he meets fellow mouse Sarah, he realizes that he's missing something. Sarah doesn't like to read, but she loves to sniff around, exploring the highest shelves and the darkest corners of the library building. Obviously, both these new rodent friends lack something. When they join forces, whole new worlds open. Editor's recommendation.
Publishers Weekly
Sam the library mouse is content reading and writing about far-off places and events. When he meets Sarah, a daring mouse from the other side of the stacks, Sam is happy to pass on his book knowledge. But when Sarah tries to share her love of exploring the highest shelves, Sam struggles between his fears, Sarah's encouragement, and his own desire to be brave. Sam's realization that "readers and writers are explorers, too" is refreshing, but it's Sarah's response--"just think of the books you could write if you really got to see the world!"--that gives this story depth. Ages 6-9. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Sam the Library Mouse, hero of two other library tales, continues to find his adventures in books. One day he meets Sarah, a fearless explorer mouse. She has been on the high library shelves where Sam has been afraid to go. Up there are student projects describing places like Egypt that she knows nothing about. Sam shows her how to "research" those places in books. Sarah encourages Sam to climb up to the top shelf, then over to a suspended airplane," see the world." Unfortunately, the string holding the plane breaks, and the friends have a wild ride out into the hallway. Sam runs back to his home hole. After recovering from the shock, however, he writes a new book: "Sam and Sarah See the World." Sam notes that they didn't even have to leave the library. But Sarah's adventurous spirit promises more to come. Kirk exploits the esthetic potential of gouache paints to create anthropomorphic mice loaded with personality. The books on the library shelves are properly labeled to help our explorers find proper resources. Posters and toys add to the library atmosphere. Excitement is generated as we watch the mice take advantage of what the library has to offer. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—Sam the Library Mouse is back in this gentle story about facing fears and learning new things. He meets Sarah, a library mouse from across the stacks with a taste for adventure. She introduces him to the wonder of exploration while he shows her the joys of traveling through books and research. Students will relate to Sam's reluctance to try dangerous things and delight in Sarah's winsome enthusiasm for daring escapades. The gorgeous, bright gouache illustrations are meticulously detailed and expressive. The story is an excellent way to introduce research to the youngest patrons, which, according to Sam, is "how you find out about things." This visually appealing offering fits beautifully into the library curriculum.—Nicole Waskie-Laura, Chenango Forks Elementary, Binghamton, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810989689
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Series: Library Mouse Series , #3
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 233,331
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 10.60 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Kirk

Daniel Kirk has written and illustrated a number of popular and bestselling books for children, including Library Mouse, which Booklist praised as a “show-stopper.” He is also the author and illustrator of Library Mouse: A Friend’s Tale and the novels Elf Realm: The Low Road and Elf Realm: The High Road. He lives in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, with his family. Find out more at

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  • Posted August 13, 2010

    great book to encourage reading AND doing

    Do you like to read about things or do them? Or perhaps both? Sam is a mouse who lives in the library and loves to read. One evening, while going on a stroll, he meets a fellow mouse who lives on the other side of the library. Her name is Sarah, and she is an explorer who loves adventure. Sarah would rather climb to the tops of the tallest library shelves and investigate the darkest corners of the buildings rather than to read. Sam is too afraid to climb up high, preferring to research subjects and write about them. Is it possible that the two might be able to help each other? And if so, how?
    Author and illustrator Daniel Kirk's previous books in this series were Library Mouse, which Booklist praised in a starred review as a "show-stopper," and Library Mouse: A Friend's Tale, which have collectively sold more than 125,000 copies. He has also written the "Elf Realm" trilogy for older readers. In Library Mouse: A World to Explore, children will be introduced to "the best of both worlds." They will not only see the importance of reading, researching, and writing, but also be encouraged to get out and experience some of the things which they might read about. Kirk's appealing illustrations, which were made with Windsor and Newton gouache on Arches watercolor paper, help to reinforce the basic message of the book that with teamwork and determination, anything is possible. I give the book two thumbs up!

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