A Mouse Called Wolf

A Mouse Called Wolf

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by Dick King-Smith, Jon Goodell
     
 

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mouse ("Wolf," for short) has a big name for such a little mouse. But the name fits. His favorite pastime is listening to Mrs. Honeybee, the lady of the house, play the piano. If only he could sing along to the music! One day, Wolf decides to try — and to his surprise, out of his mouth comes a perfect melody.

It's not long before

Overview

Wolfgang Amadeus Mouse ("Wolf," for short) has a big name for such a little mouse. But the name fits. His favorite pastime is listening to Mrs. Honeybee, the lady of the house, play the piano. If only he could sing along to the music! One day, Wolf decides to try — and to his surprise, out of his mouth comes a perfect melody.

It's not long before Wolf is singing everything from "Three Blind Mice" to Chopin to the Beatles, all to Mrs. Honeybee's accompaniment. Then an accident leaves Mrs. Honeybee in danger, and it's up to Wolf to save her... the only way he knows how.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A sunny story... which succeeds because of its determined main character, its gentle wit, and its positive message." — Booklist  

"An appealing beginning-chapter book for young readers... and a surefire read-aloud." — School Library Journal
        

Children's Literature - Dr. Judy Rowen
Wolfgang Amadeus Mouse is the runt of the litter; that is why his mother felt obliged to choose such an imposing name for him. "Wolf" is secretly pleased when his siblings tease him with the shortened version of his name. The moniker turns out to be prophetic, as Wolf discovers that he is able to sing and recall tunes played by the woman who owns the piano near his mousehole. Lured by chocolate and new songs, Wolf befriends the woman, proving that music is indeed the universal language. A sweet tale from the author of Babe, this story makes a good nighttime read-aloud (in installments) or early chapter book.
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3--Another King-Smith critter to love. Wolf is such a minuscule mouse that his mother decides to give him a big name. A slightly chewed piece of sheet music yields "Wolfgang Amadeus Mo"--hence W. A. Mouse or Wolf for short. The family mouse hole is just behind the leg of a grand piano played twice a day by an elderly woman. Wolf loves the music and, to the delight of Mrs. Honeybee and the bemusement of his mother, he becomes the first singing mouse. His special talent even enables him to summon help when Mrs. Honeybee falls and can't get up. The three central characters are nicely crafted in this sweet story. Budding young musicians will relate to Wolf's struggles to develop his talent and share it with his not-so-musical mother. Those who haven't discovered their talents will enjoy this small mouse as they have the other creatures King-Smith so lovingly creates. Goodell's black-and-white illustrations, done in an engaging style similar to the work of Garth Williams, have all the warmth of the text. An appealing beginning-chapter book for young readers ready for a bit of substance, and a surefire read-aloud.--Jody McCoy, Lakehill Preparatory School, Dallas, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375800665
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
03/28/1999
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
112
Sales rank:
121,170
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.55(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
6 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Dick King-Smith was born and raised in Gloucestershire, England. After twenty years as a farmer, he turned to teaching and then to writing children’s books that have received critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. Among his well-loved novels are Babe: The Gallant Pig, Harry’s Mad, Martin’s Mice, Ace: The Very Important Pig, The Robber Boy, The Invisible Dog, Three Terrible Trins, Harriet’s Hare, The Stray, A Mouse Called Wolf, and Mr. Ape. Mr. King-Smith passed in away in 2011, but his stories live on.

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A Mouse Called Wolf 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
CozyLittleBookJournal More than 1 year ago
We read this book aloud to Magda (she’s two-and-a-half), finishing around June 2, 2012. I asked Magda questions about it on June 5, 2012. Here’s what she had to say: What book is this? A Mouse Called Wolf Who wrote it? Wolfgang Amadeus! Haha. No, that’s the character in the book. Who’s the author of the book? Dick King-Smith Was it a good book? Yeah, we read it all! What is the book about? It’s about Wolf. Who’s Wolf? A animal. Is it a wolf? No, something else. What? A boy! A mouse who’s a boy. What is so special about the mouse called Wolf? I don’t know. What is he doing on the cover? He’s singing! Can all mice sing? Uh, I don’t know. Can they? I don’t think so. What kinds of songs does Wolf sing? Wolfgang Amadeus. Yes, Wolfgang Amadeus. Do you remember any of the songs? Uh, Three Blind Mice and another one, I can’t remember. Where does Wolf live? In his house. Who else lives there? Her mom and...who else? Is there a person? Oh, yes, Mrs. Honeybee! Wolf is sort of her pet mouse. Would you like a pet mouse? Uh...do pet mouse...? Uh, yes! I’m going to carry the pet mouse and then I can handle a dog!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Wolf herd a groan so he went upstairs. He saw Miss Honeybee was blinded and had fell over a stool. Miss Honeybee told Wolf to call 911, but somehow Wolf knew that she was in troble. Wolf decided to go to the window so he could sing so people could help her. He sang as loud as he could a police man stoped.The piloce man knocked on the door and asked Miss Honeybee if she was ok. She said she was hurt. So the police man called the amblieons. If you want to hear the rest of the story buy it or look at it at Barnes & Noble. This book rocks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
My favorite character in this book was wolf, because he kept on believing he could do anything and my favorite animal is a wolf. I liked the part of the book when Wolf one a piano race for the first time.I also liked the part when Wolf found a peace of cheese and it was the cat¿s food.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a really good book because the mouse 'Wolf' started to sing and Mrs.Honeybee played the piano while Wolf was singing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My child was quite taken with this book because she enjoys animals. Music Teachers would appreciate this book also. The story involves a music teacher who likes to sing and play the piano, and visit with a mouse.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was a great short funny book filled with adventure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wolf is a singing mouse.He is the littest mouse in his family and his mother is Mary. It is a sweet story.He makes friends with a lady.