Mouse Chase

Mouse Chase

by Vivian Sathre, Ward Schumaker

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
``Mouse creeps. Cat purrs. Cat sleeps.'' Two-word, subject-verb sentences pair with an equally minimalist six-color palette for a dynamic cat-and-mouse chase. Every syllable, every sketchy brush stroke contributes to the action as cat tracks mouse-and as an autumnal wind whirls mouse to safety. The orange, yellow and faded green of fallen leaves punctuate the sky-blue background while gestural lines indicate the hair-trigger motions of cat and mouse. Simple and stylish. Ages 3-8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Meredith E. Kiger
The words are few, but the excitement builds in a story that will become a favorite of youngsters. Does the cat get the mouse? Acting out the text along with the reader extends the possibilities for Mouse Chase and makes it even more fun and interesting. Simple drawings emphasize the action in the text.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Short, declarative sentences ("Cat stirs. Mouse stops.") describe a cat-and-mouse adventure that culminates with the clever rodent floating downstream on a windblown leaf ("Mouse sails. Cat wails."). The rhythm is lively, and the language is fun. The pen-and-ink and watercolor illustrations, drawn in bold strokes, take up most of the layout. They are simple, yet full of motion, and convey expression and humor. A good read-aloud choice.-Christine A. Moesch, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, NY
Ilene Cooper
In a book that can be used either for reading aloud or as a beginning reader, a cat and a mouse play a cat-and-mouse game. The text is simplicity itself: "Mouse creeps. Cat purrs. Cat sleeps," reads the first two-page spread. Later, after a spirited chase around water, "Cat springs. Cat splashes. Cat drips." The aesthetically pleasing six-color ink drawings don't go for laughs, but the humor will be evident to young readers. Its smart use of language and imagery give this compact book plenty of applications for the classroom.

Product Details

Harcourt Children's Books
Publication date:
Edition description:
1st ed
Product dimensions:
8.28(w) x 7.34(h) x 0.39(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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