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Library Mouse

Library Mouse

4.9 9
by Daniel Kirk

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A small creature offers his big voice for aspiring authors everywhere

Every child can be a writer-and Library Mouse shows them how!

Beloved children's books author and illustrator Daniel Kirk wonderfully brings to life the story of Sam, a library mouse. Sam's home was in a little hole in the wall in the children's reference books section, and he thought


A small creature offers his big voice for aspiring authors everywhere

Every child can be a writer-and Library Mouse shows them how!

Beloved children's books author and illustrator Daniel Kirk wonderfully brings to life the story of Sam, a library mouse. Sam's home was in a little hole in the wall in the children's reference books section, and he thought that life was very good indeed. For Sam loved to read. He read picture books and chapter books, biographies and poetry, and ghost stories and mysteries. Sam read so much that finally one day he decided to write books himself!

Sam shared his books with other library visitors by placing them on a bookshelf at night. Until there came the time that people wanted to meet this talented author. Whatever was Sam to do?

The joy of reading, writing, and sharing is brought to life in this warmhearted tale.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
Sam, a library mouse, lives in a hole behind the children's reference books. This charming fellow, who dresses in shirt and pants and sleeps in pajamas, really enjoys his life there, sleeping during the busy days and relishing every kind of book at night. After filling his mind with both facts and imaginary wonders, he decides to write his own book. He works hard to finish Squeak! A Mouse's Life; then he places it on the shelf, in the Biography section of course. His next opus, The Lonely Cheese, goes with the picture books. The children and librarians notice his books and begin to read them. They wonder who the mysterious author is and decide to invite him for Author Day. Instead, too shy to appear himself, Sam inspires his fans to write a book of their own. Our hero is introduced on the front cover, sword in hand, standing atop a cat's face on a book, his foot on a pencil. The back and title page have him kneeling between books, hushing finger to mouth. Naturalistic vignettes and full-page scenes show Sam at work or imagining, as well as an active library. The titles of the books around him add to the fun.
Kirkus Reviews
Mouse becomes muse. Late at night when the library is closed, Sam the mouse, an enthusiastic reader and writer, sneaks out of his comfy hole to take advantage of the library's resources, leaving the books he writes behind. One morning, Sam works all night and falls asleep at a table, waking up just in time to avoid an elementary-school writing club. In his haste to escape, however, he leaves behind his notebook. Young Tom discovers it and takes it to the librarian, who suggests he leave it for Sam to find later. Tom has another idea, deciding to find Sam. He leaves cheese and a story he's written called "The Shy One" by Sam's mousehole. In no time flat, the duo is collaborating, with Sam doing the illustrations. And Tom's text gives Sam an idea for another book. Kirk's substantial text suits early grades. While his illustrations hold little artistic nuance, they do incorporate well-known titles by other author-illustrator duos, and children will enjoy spotting such favorites as Goodnight Moon and Miss Nelson Is Back. In all, a solid nudge to budding writers. (Picture book. 6-9)

Product Details

Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
Library Mouse Series , #1
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
8.87(w) x 10.75(h) x 0.37(d)
NC830L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Daniel Kirk has illustrated a number of books for children. Library Mouse was given a starred review by Booklist magazine, which called it “a show-stopper.” Daniel lives in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, with his wife and three children. For more information about him, visit his Web site: www.danielkirk.com.

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Library Mouse 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
The_Queen_of_all_PARPdom More than 1 year ago
I read this book to the children at my son's elementary school (K-3) during our Parents As Reading Partners programs. It has a wonderful message and the children loved it. The great part about it is that it not only encourages the children to read all types of books but it encourages them to write and illustrate all differernt types of stories themselves as well and can be a great class project.
wattfarms More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for 4+ aged children. It centers on the concept of getting even very young children to create their own book. Very novel and fun creation.
ForTheArtOfIt More than 1 year ago
I always browse the shelves at my local library, waiting for a title to whisper read me.  I have read some terrific books with this method.  Library Mouse is one of those books!  This adorable book celebrates writing and the author in all of us.  When my son was four, his preschool teacher taught them how to make a book and encouraged them to make books all day, every day.  This was continued by his kindergarten teacher;  He flourished in an environment where he was treated like an author.  This book tells the story of Sam who does not doubt his abilities but instead writes mouse-sized books and places them around the library he lives in.  He believes that anyone can be an author and created an environment that encouraged writing.  This book would be a wonderful introduction to bookmaking for young students (preschool - kindergarten) as well as encouraging older students (first - fourth) to write. The illustrations are vibrant and so very detailed.  For a lover of books, the idea of living in a library is certainly appealing!  Library Mouse is the first in a series of books by Kirk and I am looking forward to reading them!
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Sam was very happy living in the library. He had all kinds of books to read every night when the library was quiet. Sam decided that he should write a book of his own and he wrote “Squeak! A Mouse’s Life” and put it on the shelf in the autobiography section of the library. His book was a huge hit with the kids at the library. In fact, Sam decided to write more books. Soon after, all the kids at the library want to meet the author of the great books mysteriously showing up at the library! Sam couldn’t let them know it was a mouse doing the writing and he hatches a plan to show every kid that they can be the author! Why I liked this book – This is a very cute book about how anyone can be an author. I love that kind of positive message! Sam is a very clever mouse. He has a lot of common sense and a great imagination (and he loves books). I like that in the illustrations we see Sam as dressed up like the characters of the book he just wrote. Like in his delivery of his mystery, he is dressed like a detective. It is a great book that encourages kids to use their imaginations and write their own stories! **NOTE I bought my own copy of this book at a festival
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book brings tears to my eyes when reading it to my students!
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vivness More than 1 year ago
This book has a great storyline, lovable characters and encourages children to be authors. I read it in our school library and the kids really love it!
beenose More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book. I can read it to my son over and over again and neither of us will be bored. It is educational and fun at the same time. Just because of this book, my son discovered that he could tell great stories even at age 4. As for the cover art and illustrations; I have all great stuff to say, too. We own the hardcover version and it is beautiful. The pictures are so realistic, looks like the mouse is going to jump right out of the book:-)