Mouse in the House

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Eeek! A mouse! I cannot have a mouse in the house!” cries Nana Quimby, sending the family on a frantic adventure as they try to rid themselves of first the mouse, then its troublesome successors. From an owl to an elephant, the Quimby family pets devour shoes, steal lunch, quarrel with skunks, uproot trees, and soon convince Nana that there are worse things to have than a mouse in the house.
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Eeek! A mouse! I cannot have a mouse in the house!” cries Nana Quimby, sending the family on a frantic adventure as they try to rid themselves of first the mouse, then its troublesome successors. From an owl to an elephant, the Quimby family pets devour shoes, steal lunch, quarrel with skunks, uproot trees, and soon convince Nana that there are worse things to have than a mouse in the house.
With a text that’s great for reading aloud and zany illustrations full of hilarious details to discover, this latest book from the Hassetts is lighthearted, fun, wildly imaginative, and sure to delight.

When Nana Quimby is upset by the mouse in the house, Father gets an owl, which also upsets Nana, so Mother gets a dog ... until the family ends up with an elephant in the house.

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""The Hasset's do everything up with style...it's the zany art that's the most delicious part of this, with every page providing lots to see from various perspectives, often focusing on the absurd." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

"A fun choice for sharing aloud." School Library Journal

Publishers Weekly
Shortly after the Quimby family moves into a cobwebby old house, Nana Quimby must leap onto her unsteady pink rocker to avoid a four-footed interloper. " `Eeek-a mouse!' cried Nana Quimby. `I cannot have a mouse in the house!' " To remedy the situation, Father Quimby buys an owl from the pet shop, and "the mouse ran away to a cheese factory. Father gave the owl a bowl of onions for a job well done." Unfortunately, Nana hates owls ("I cannot have an owl in the house!"), so Mother Quimby gets a dog to scare the owl into the woods, and rewards the dog with a jelly donut. Predictably, Nana dislikes the dog, and further disapproves of the series of animals-from an alligator to a tiger to an elephant-that follow. The tale comes full circle when the Quimbys use a certain rodent to get rid of the elephant, and a flustered Nana heads off to Florida, where she relaxes among hummingbirds in a sultry tropical garden. The Hassetts (Three Silly Girls Grubb) favor a folk-art style for their middle-distance paintings. Their cool colors include the lavender of Nana's polka-dot dress, the sage green of the kitchen table, the pale pink of a linoleum floor and the milky blue of the enameled refrigerator. While the palette may not be to every taste, the Hassetts nicely handle the escalating tension. They show the Quimbys rewarding each animal "for a job well done," then follow up with Nana's inevitable howls of protest. In this cyclical sequence, the Hassetts raise the stakes with every spread. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Nana Quimby who lived alone when we first met her in Cat Up a Tree (1999) has moved into a "messy old house" with her family. Her discovery of a mouse causes her to proclaim, "I cannot have a mouse in the house" and causes her father to order an owl to chase the creature away. With the owl firmly entrenched Nana insists, "I cannot live with an owl in the house." So it goes through a succession of animals including a dog, alligator, tiger, and elephant until a little mouse runs off the offending pachyderm. With events coming full circle, it is Nana who runs away to live with her cousin in Florida. There is lots of fun in the rollicking text that is accentuated by the humorous watercolor illustrations. Children will giggle as they watch Nana's frantic reaction to each animal and have fun anticipating each animal's arrival. There is just the right amount of lighthearted comic touches to keep young audiences engaged. 2004, Houghton Mifflin, Ages 4 to 7.
—Beverley Fahey
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PreS-Gr 3-Another story about the zany grandmother who appeared in Cat up a Tree (Houghton, 1998). After Nana Quimby's family moves into a messy old home, a rodent runs across the kitchen floor, and the woman declares, "I cannot have a mouse in the house." She wakes up Father, who calls the pet shop and requests an owl to scare away the rodent. In rapid succession, each family member orders a new animal to get rid of the previous creature that has become problematic. Nana Quimby quickly finds out that a dog, an alligator, a tiger, and an elephant are not suitable pets. At last, she calls the pet store and orders a mouse to frighten the elephant, which runs away to a peanut farm. She gives the mouse some cheese for a job well done and then runs away to live with her cousin in Florida. Featuring characters with perfectly round heads and hair that sticks straight up, the lighthearted illustrations increase the silliness and enjoyment of the story. Packed with amusing details, they show the antics of each creature as well as Nana Quimby's humorous reactions. A fun choice for sharing aloud.-Linda Staskus, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Stylized, attractively odd paintings show a family progress through a sequence of animals. On the day they move in, sister collects flies, brother digs for bones, Mother admires cobwebs, and Father takes a nap on the floor. But Nana Quimby shrieks, "I cannot have a mouse in the house!" Father orders an owl, which scares the mouse away and is rewarded with "a bowl of onions." But Nana hates the owl too, so a dog is ordered-and on from there. The tiger that gets rid of the alligator is rewarded with buttered toast; nobody but Nana minds any of the critters. The final straw is an elephant, by which time Nana has become either fed up or brilliant: she orders a mouse (to frighten away the elephant), and takes herself off to Florida. Spirited, folksy art. (Picture book. 2-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618353170
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/29/2004
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: None
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

John and Ann Hassett have been collaborating on picture books for more than ten years. Their books are known for their quirky humor and lively illustrations. The Hassetts live and work in Maine, where their “commute to work is short (upstairs, and first door on the right).”


John and Ann Hassett have collaborated on many heartwarming picture books for children. They live in Waldoboro, Maine, with two small girls, chickens, and a dog, as well as mice in the walls.

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