Mrs. Marlowe's Mice

Mrs. Marlowe's Mice

by Frank Asch, Devin Asch
     
 

Meet Mrs. Eleanor Marlowe, a young widow who lives in an apartment by herself —- not counting the extended family of mice who secretly live with her. Harboring mice is a very serious offense in Cat City. Why would a mild-mannered widow run such a risk? The neighbors wonder why Mrs. Marlowe never invites anyone over for catnip tea. Her secret little friends are

Overview

Meet Mrs. Eleanor Marlowe, a young widow who lives in an apartment by herself —- not counting the extended family of mice who secretly live with her. Harboring mice is a very serious offense in Cat City. Why would a mild-mannered widow run such a risk? The neighbors wonder why Mrs. Marlowe never invites anyone over for catnip tea. Her secret little friends are beginning to wonder about their host, too. So fine is the cheese she serves that some of Mrs. Marlowe's mice wonder if she's fattening them up for the kill.

One day, officers from the Department of Catland Security show up at Mrs. Marlowe's door, demanding to search the premises. Can this crafty feline outwit the police and save her mice from certain doom? Is Mrs. Marlowe the mouse-sympathizer she appears to be? Or is she really a mouse-hungry monster stocking her larder with fresh mice?

Editorial Reviews

ForeWord
A sophisticated social satire ... Just scary enough to entice an intrepid young reader, this book operates on several levels at once. Frank Asch is a skilled writer ...
From the Publisher
A sophisticated social satire ... Just scary enough to entice an intrepid young reader, this book operates on several levels at once. Frank Asch is a skilled writer ...
Elizabeth Ward
Evoking a '30s-era city with decidedly Teutonic overtones (accordion-playing cats, cats in Nazi-style uniforms), the brooding pictures convey the terrors of a police state even as the text remains reassuringly jaunty.
—The Washington Post
Children's Literature - Phyllis Kennemer
Mrs. Marlowe, a proper librarian cat with elegant style, never invites anyone into her apartment. Does she harbor a secret? Her neighbor is suspicious and calls the mouse patrol. As two official cats knock on Mrs. Marlowe's door, her well trained mouse friends cleverly hide in their preappointed places. The officers wonder why small chunks of cheese are laid out in the kitchen. Mrs. Marlowe quickly places them on a plate, adds crackers, and invites the cats to have hors d'oeuvres. As she genteelly escorts the officers to the door, a young mouse loses his grip and falls to the floor. It appears that Mrs. Marlowe's crime of befriending mice has been exposed, but she quickly pops the mouse into her mouth, chews and swallows. After the officers leave, the mice emerge aghast. Of course, the quick-thinking Mrs. Marlowe had saved the young mouse's life and her own secret. The large black and white illustrations with accents of sepia convey surreal, sometimes disturbing images. This picture book would be good for older readers to explore independently or with an adult.
Kirkus Reviews
Following on the tail of Mr. Maxwell's Mouse (2004), this father-son team spins another cat-and-mouse gambit set in Edwardian times. When Mrs. Eleanor Marlowe (a quite refined cat) returns home from her job at the Purrington Street Library one day, her busybody neighbor invites her to tea and tuna tarts but complains that her invitation is never returned. Mrs. Marlowe's protest that she's a dreadful housekeeper is just an excuse as her apartment is fastidiously clean and neat-due to the large family of mice that lives with her. When Lieutenant Manx and Sergeant Baxter from the Department of Catland Security show up at her door to investigate a neighbor's complaint that she's a mouse-keeper, Mrs. Marlowe has to think quickly to cover up any telltale tracks and foil the law. The ending, though a bit abrupt with Mrs. Marlowe reading a story to the mice, leaves the door open for more tales. The captivating, vintage-looking artwork, rendered in Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter, assimilates unusual perspectives to add to the intrigue with details that enhance the narrative puns with visual ones. Not quite as charmingly macabre as their first book but entertaining nonetheless. (Picture book. 5-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781554530229
Publisher:
Kids Can Press, Limited
Publication date:
08/28/2007
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD740L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 9 Years

Meet the Author

Frank Asch is the author and illustrator of more than 70 books for children. His picture books with Kids Can Press include Ziggy Piggy and the Three Little Pigs and Mr. Maxwell's Mouse (illustrated by his son, Devin Asch). Frank lives in Middletown Springs, Vermont.

Devin Asch is an illustrator and photojournalist. He divides his time between LA and Hawaii.

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