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Mouse Around

Mouse Around

by Schories, Pat Schories
     
 

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Drops of water fall from the pipe over the mouse nest. A small mouse nestled inside tries to catch a drop, but as he reaches out for it--just a little farther--he tumbles from the nest into the back pocket of the plumber who is fixing the leak. The mouse is off on a wonderful chance journey which takes him all around town.
In this wordless picture book, children

Overview

Drops of water fall from the pipe over the mouse nest. A small mouse nestled inside tries to catch a drop, but as he reaches out for it--just a little farther--he tumbles from the nest into the back pocket of the plumber who is fixing the leak. The mouse is off on a wonderful chance journey which takes him all around town.
In this wordless picture book, children will delight in following the mouse from hiding place to hiding place, guessing where he'll turn up next, as he piggybacks his way from bakery box to garbage can, moving sneakily from street to store to shopping bag.
With rich watercolors, Pat Schories captures the bustling life of the town and its people--all of whom are oblivious to the mouse and his big adventure as he makes his way home.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This engaging, wordless picture book traces the odyssey of an inquisitive mouse who travels up from the basement, unobserved, in a plumber's pocket. By hiding in rolled newspapers, shopping bags and even a donut hole, the sly fellow takes a tour of the outside world before coming back to the basement at day's end. Simple in concept and design, Schories's pictures tell a story with several diverting subplots effectively and with great charm, while offering the fun and challenge of hunting for the mouse on each page. Each spread typically contains several boxed illustrations, including small close-ups that link the action of the larger frames, spotlight dramatic or humorous moments and help readers to pick out the mouse, often visible as only a tail. Ages 3-6. (May)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-- Illustrations of varying sizes depict the wordless, inadvertent travels of a young mouse who falls from his safe nest in the cellar into a plumber's pocket. From there he journeys via doughnut, slipper, and toy truck (among other unorthodox methods) throughout a busy town. The trip is a circular one and he eventually returns home, although there is no indication that this is intentional. The many detours and adventures seem entirely random, which weakens the story's impact considerably. Schories injects some mild suspense as the mouse narrowly escapes various tragedies, but these do little to add depth. Because of their arbitrary nature, they indicate neither the mouse's bravery or intelligence, nor are they sufficiently exaggerated to create an atmosphere of slapstick humor. The illustrations are adequate, although the world they portray is decidedly bland. Those searching for a compelling plot or intriguing characterization will be disappointed by this slim adventure, but less demanding onlookers may find it diverting. --Lisa Dennis, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374454142
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
04/28/1993
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.92(w) x 10.02(h) x 0.16(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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