Snow Day for Mouse

Snow Day for Mouse

by Jeffrey Ebbeler
     
 

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Snow! Cookies! Candy! Mouse loves snow days. When he's accidentally swept out the door and into the snow, Mouse has a blast ice skating, sledding, and building snow animals—always just one step ahead of sly Cat. But above Mouse on a wire sit three cold birds who warn Mouse of Cat's approach. Now it is Mouse's turn to do something nice for his new friends.

Overview

Snow! Cookies! Candy! Mouse loves snow days. When he's accidentally swept out the door and into the snow, Mouse has a blast ice skating, sledding, and building snow animals—always just one step ahead of sly Cat. But above Mouse on a wire sit three cold birds who warn Mouse of Cat's approach. Now it is Mouse's turn to do something nice for his new friends.
Mouse's fourth adventure is full of warm-hearted, snowy fun.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
While pursuing a stray gumdrop, bespectacled Mouse (star of Haunted House, Haunted Mouse and other stories) gets swept out into the snow, where he skates, sleds, and narrowly escapes the claws of a stalking cat. Once safely back indoors, Mouse gathers cookie crumbs to give to the “quivery, shivery birds” outside on the telephone wire and helps them with their migration. Ebbeler’s generously detailed acrylics brim with comedic details (the expressive birds are forlornly dressed for the tropics, and the two human boys in Mouse’s house turn gingerbread cookies into grotesque aliens and robots) and offer surprises on every page. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Mary Quattlebaum
The endearing rodent is back in his fourth adventure, an excursion into the "icy, lacy, snow-flaky" world where he befriends three "quivery, shivery birds" and barely escapes the claws of the family tabby. Cox's rhythmic text, rife with wordplay and onomatopoeia, pairs wonderfully with Ebbeler's detail-rich artwork. Kids will get a kick out of funny particulars such as Mouse's leaf toboggan, a parakeet's sombrero and Mom's pink, fuzzy scuffs as well as the "cinnamon-spicy" monster cookies the boys bake and decorate with all manner of pretzel-stick antennae and marshmallow teeth. As for all the leftover crumbs, Mouse shares them with his feathered buddies. Reviewer: Mary Quattlebaum
Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
On an "icy, lacy, snow-flaky day," Mouse, appealing hero of two previous stories, is warm and dry inside. The family is delighted to learn it is a snow day with no school. After baking cookies, they let a juicy gumdrop fall. As Mouse goes toward it and Cat prepares to pounce, Mom grabs a broom to sweep out the snow Dad has tracked in, sweeping out Mouse and Cat as well. Mouse joyfully waltzes across a frozen puddle; then toboggans down a hill. The friendly birds warn him of the watching cat, who is fortunately hit by a dollop of falling snow. Mouse begins to feel both cold and hungry. He is able to run inside with the kids. But he remembers his cold bird friends outside, and is happy to be able to scatter some crumbs for them. Mouse wears a sweater, slacks, and glasses with heavy frames, while his bird friends are more fancily attired. Acrylic paints are used to depict the naturalistic, active double-page scenes with a myriad of details of the snowy adventures. Despite the traditional cat-mouse antagonism, this is a humorous, happy tale with a theme of generosity. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-K—It's a snowy, blowy day outside, but Mouse is safe and sound in the house. Unfortunately, a pesky cat keeps stalking him, and pretty soon he is swept outside along with the feline. Outside are three hilarious birds who are trying to go south. Their bags are packed and they have festive, warm-weather clothes on. They watch Mouse explore the snow and cheer him on in his quest to avoid the cat, like a flying peanut gallery. And when Mouse finally makes it back inside, he remembers his shivering friends and does something kind. This fourth story about Mouse perfectly sums up the euphoria of fresh-fallen snow. Cox's text rhymes throughout, and reads aloud well: "Mouse scampered between their feet, undetected, unsuspected." The author also combines descriptive words in a new and fresh way, such as snow being likened to "mounds of mashed potatoes." Ebbeler's illustrations expand on the text, with details everywhere to pore over, including a superhero snowman and a puffy, fluffy bedroom slipper. Mouse himself is a delight, with his thick glasses and striped pullover. While this book will be enjoyed in more northern states, it will be just as much fun to pull it out in the desert heat.—Susan E. Murray, formerly at Glendale Public Library, AZ
Kirkus Reviews
In his fourth outing (Haunted House, Haunted Mouse, 2011, etc.), Mouse has a snowy adventure that could easily make the jump to being a wordless Pixar short. Cox's hapless Mouse doesn't let anything get him down, making him a character sure to enjoy a wide fan base. Ebbeler's comical acrylic illustrations are the stars here, depicting the undertakings of the accidentally swept-out Mouse as he explores and makes the most of the snowy landscape out of doors. Making the acquaintance of three southbound, camera-wearing, suitcase-toting, sombrero-wearing birds who watch and influence his activities, Mouse ice skates in a puddle, toboggans on a leaf and makes some rad snow sculptures of his new friends. Throughout, the cat just misses pouncing on the Stuart Little–esque Mouse, but not for lack of (repeated) trying. And when Mouse makes it back to the warmth of the house, he remembers "the quivery, shivery, hungry birds," ending the tale with a gentle, feel-good message perfectly delivered. Ebbeler brings readers into the setting with everyday details--the ugly, crisscrossing power lines, boot treads and wonderfully textured fur and feathers, but it's the humorous details that will stand out to readers--don't miss the rooftop snow sculpture. Readers will look forward to taking this snow-day romp again and again. (Picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823424085
Publisher:
Holiday House, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2012
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
1,382,828
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
AD510L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Judy Cox is also the author of One Is a Feast for Mouse, Cinco de Mouse-O!, and Haunted House, Haunted Mouse, Mouse's previous adventures. In a starred review, Kirkus Reviews said of Cinco de Mouse-O!, "Children, parents, teachers and librarians will want to follow [Mouse] from one celebration to the next." Judy Cox lives in Oregon.

Jeffrey Ebbeler has been illustrating books and magazines for ten years. His art for One Is a Feast for Mouse was called "colorful" and "dramatic" by Booklist. He lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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