Marcello the Movie Mouse

Marcello the Movie Mouse

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by Liz Hockinson, Kathryn Otoshi
     
 

Marcello Moustriani is a little mouse who lives in a movie theater. While other mice gather cheese at the Parmesan factory, Marcello dreams of making his own film someday. But how can he do it? There’s no camera, no crew, and every day is just work, work, work at the factory. To top it all off, Ravioli, the theater cat, lurks around every corner, ready to

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Marcello Moustriani is a little mouse who lives in a movie theater. While other mice gather cheese at the Parmesan factory, Marcello dreams of making his own film someday. But how can he do it? There’s no camera, no crew, and every day is just work, work, work at the factory. To top it all off, Ravioli, the theater cat, lurks around every corner, ready to pounce on his cast and crew. But Marcello just won’t give up! Vibrant illustrations, an unusual setting, a clever storyline make this a fun and uplifting tale.

Editorial Reviews

Long Island Press
The best gifts are the ones that inspire the receiver. Marcello the movie Mouse is a dazzing tale that encourages children to follow their dreams, and will likely inspire grown-ups as well. Author Liz Hockinson and illustrator Kathryn Otoshi, two avid movie goers, tell the tale of Marcello, a mouse who lives in a theater and dreams of seeing his own movies on the big screen. Needless to say, Marcello's dream is met with a less -than-warm reception by his parents, theater manager Sergio, and the treacherous cat Ravioli. Otoshi's illustrations really shine in this book, and while younger children may be fascinated with the illustrations, older readers will keep this book in their collection to remind them to always trust their heart. Aspiring filmmakers will especially enjoy the inclusion of mantras from veteran directors, including Finding Nemo's Andrew Stanton, and George Lucas, creator o Star Wars, whose thoughts on pursuing their dreams follow the conclusion of the story.

Midwest Book Review
Marcello The Movie Mouse is a colorful picturebook about a young mouse who lives in the Grand Palazzo Theatre. Little Marcello dreams of making his own films someday; but he has no camera and no crew, just endless factory work, and to make things worse the dreadful theatre cat Ravioli is always on the prowl! But Marcello just won't give up, and devotes his all to pursuing his dream - a dream that just might have room for Ravioli as well! A glossary of movie terms and inspirational quotes from great moviemakers round out this delightful storybook for budding film buffs.

Writer's Digest Best Children's Book of 2006
Stunning absolutely gorgeous illustrations leap out and make the book wonderfully appealing, especially the cover with its bold reds and mustard, and gilt edging. The entire book provides lots of opportunities for readers to get lost in its fictional world. The text has laugh out loud moments for both kids and adults. The writing style is lovely and lyrical. The book's message to "follow your heart" is wonderful - yet it is simply relayed in a subtle way.

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
If you are familiar with the film Ratatouille then you will not be surprised by Marcello who wants to be a movie director. He is mesmerized by the big screen and watches all the movies he can at the Grand Palazzo Theater. He also knew that he was not like other mice and that he had a calling. He learned how things worked in the projection booth and by watching movies he learned how lighting and music can be used to create moods. Even though others scoffed, his mother told him to follow his heart, so Marcello started filming everything he saw and he wrote a screenplay, and then started assembling his cast and crew. All that was missing was the villain for the film. The way it ends is a delicious treat and even better when the M.I.C.E Awards are presented. As with the story of Ratatouille, Marcello also followed his dreams. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Otoshi's considerable talents are grievously misplaced in this self-serving tribute to the cinema. Tiny Marcello Mousetriani loves movies and dreams of making a film of his own. He overcomes obstacles, including a lack of equipment (everything he needs is conveniently abandoned in an attic), a lack of budget (he forages for food, yet "hires" a swing gang), and, of course, the constant threat of cat attacks. After a lot of hard work, he finally completes his masterpiece-whatever that is, since the creative vision that drives him receives only cursory attention. But nevermind; it's brilliant. Next thing we know, Marcello is at the M.I.C.E. Awards, accepting accolades as Best Director. Hockinson's facile text is loaded with industry jargon and silly wordplay that will hold little meaning for young readers. The book looks great, but high style is no compensation for poor substance; this whole project belongs on the cutting-room floor.-Catherine Threadgill, Charleston County Public Library, SC Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780972394628
Publisher:
KO Kids Books
Publication date:
11/09/2005
Pages:
40
Sales rank:
1,244,276
Product dimensions:
8.92(w) x 10.24(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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