Mouse Went Out to Get a Snack

Mouse Went Out to Get a Snack

by Lyn Rossiter McFarland, Jim McFarland
     
 

A mouse counting on a snack

A peckish mouse on the hunt for a light snack - something like a piece of cheese - climbs up the table and finds a feast fit for a king. He prepares an enormous platter filled with everything from chicken legs to tacos to cupcakes - and of course there's cheese, too. However, the cat is onto him, and a chase ensues as the mouse

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A mouse counting on a snack

A peckish mouse on the hunt for a light snack - something like a piece of cheese - climbs up the table and finds a feast fit for a king. He prepares an enormous platter filled with everything from chicken legs to tacos to cupcakes - and of course there's cheese, too. However, the cat is onto him, and a chase ensues as the mouse desperately shoulders his smorgasbord back to his hole - but it's too small! All the food flies up, up, up, landing on the unfortunate feline. All except the cheese, that is, which bounces safely into the mousehole.

In addition to being a happy adventure with the simplest of texts and hilarious pictures, there is the bonus of counting the items of food the mouse piles on - and later loses - from the single cheese portion up to the ten slices of chocolate cake.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Preschoolers will enjoy the sneaky-mouse pacing, food-hurling, and near-misses. The almost frame-by-frame, perspective-switching illustrations...are comical and endearing."

Kirkus Reviews

"The story is funny and clever, with plenty of action in the lively watercolor drawings. It should satisfy even the youngest listeners, while appealing to older preschoolers as well."

School Library Journal

Children's Literature
Mouse wants a snack. A piece of cheese would be perfect. So he ventures out of his little mouse doorway and makes his way through the house while keeping a lookout for the big orange cat. He tiptoes past the dozing feline, makes his way into the kitchen and then scampers up the table leg. There, spread before him is a magnificent feast. Mouse licks his lips and gets to work. He does find one piece of cheese but he also finds two plump plums, three baby carrots and four chicken legs. The reader can count along with Mouse all the way to ten slices of chocolate cake. Mouse pushes all the food off the table onto a plate and then makes his way back to his doorway. The big plate full of food does not make it through the little mouse entry and food flies through the air only to land on the cat. Mouse does succeed however. He manages to hold onto that one piece of cheese. The illustrations show a little creature loaded with personality whose eyes are definitely bigger than his stomach, as well as his doorway. Kids will find this book fun to read. 2005, Farrar Straus Giroux, Ages 3 to 6.
—Carolyn Mott Ford
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-A small mouse almost gets away with stealing a large platter of delicacies laid out for a party, but at the last moment a watchful cat springs into action. The whole tray overturns on top of the feline, flattening him, while the mouse scampers safely back to his hole with a big slice of Swiss cheese. Interwoven into the text is a countdown of the morsels from the table, e.g., 1 piece of cheese, 2 plump plums, etc. Told in a minimum of words, the story is funny and clever, with plenty of action in the lively watercolor drawings. It should satisfy even the youngest listeners, while appealing to older preschoolers as well.-Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Mouse, seeking a small snack, stumbles onto a feast-a seemingly abandoned banquet table piled high with everything from colorful cupcakes to tasty tacos. He flexes his tiny muscles, cracks his knuckles and commences to hurl a plate, and then some food, off the table: "1 piece of cheese / 2 plump plums, 3 baby carrots"... all the way to "10 slices of chocolate cake." Of course, as can happen in mouse books, a cat appears on the scene. Mouse hoists his heaping plate above his head and skedaddles, only to realize his mouse hole will not accommodate the large snack. Oh, well. One piece of cheese-and a flat cat smashed by a flying plate-are good enough for one small mouse anyway. While the simple story isn't groundbreaking, preschoolers will enjoy the sneaky-mouse pacing, food-hurling and near-misses. The almost frame-by-frame, perspective-switching illustrations of the rather ratty, spindly Mouse are comical and endearing, making this a light but tasty morsel. (Picture book. 3-6)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374376727
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
03/15/2005
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.06(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.44(d)
Lexile:
90L (what's this?)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Lyn Rossiter McFarland and Jim McFarland have also collaborated on Widget, an IRA-CBC Children's Choice, and its companion, Widget & the Puppy. They live in Livingston,

New York.

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