This Is the House That Was Tidy and Neat

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This is the house

At the end of the street

That was tidy and neat

When Mom left . . .

A delicious romp that starts with a mouse, and ends with a . . . mess!

This is the house that was tidy and neat. But not for long! After a wacky chain of events involving a mouse, a cat, a dog, a boy, and a girl-not to ...

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Overview

This is the house

At the end of the street

That was tidy and neat

When Mom left . . .

A delicious romp that starts with a mouse, and ends with a . . . mess!

This is the house that was tidy and neat. But not for long! After a wacky chain of events involving a mouse, a cat, a dog, a boy, and a girl-not to mention crumbs, drips, splatters, and spills-the neat and tidy house is in chaos. What will happen when Mom comes home?

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A mother's departure occasions a tale of a home's demise in a House-that-Jack-Built structure, This Is the House that Was Tidy and Neat by Teri Sloat, illus. by R.W. Alley. Alley's pen-and-ink and watercolor wash illustrations are well-suited to chronicle the chaos as a neighborhood dog gets into the house "and barks at the cat/ who chases the mouse." When Dad gets home, he grabs a mop and drafts the kids into the cause, to tidy up before Mom's return. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-A tidy Edwardian house becomes a disaster as a mouse, dog, cat, and two children create an ever-escalating mess throughout the day while Nanny snoozes. The awakening of the nanny and arrival of the father precipitate a frenetic clean-up just in time for mother's return for a spaghetti supper cooked by her husband. The watercolor-and-ink illustrations feature plump characters and display Alley's trademark stop-action mayhem. The rhythm of the overly wordy and slow-moving text in the vein of "This Is the House That Jack Built" is occasionally forced, and the Edwardian sensibility sometimes clashes with modern touches like Dad preparing dinner. Kids may find the illustrated chaos the biggest attraction in this house.-Marge Loch-Wouters, Menasha's Public Library, WI Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
To the rhythm of "This is the House that Jack Built," a boy, a girl, a cat, dog and mouse make a mess of the tidy Edwardian house of the title. Mom's gone, the Nanny's asleep and one disaster leads to another until dad gets home. He spearheads the clean-up effort to insure the house is once again tidy and neat when Mom gets back. Sloat's rhymed text fits nicely into Jack's template, and Alley's pen, ink and watercolor visuals are full of fun and mischief. Spot and full-page illustrations flesh out the chaos described in the text. Alley's wide-eyed, pudgy cartoons propel this new twist on an old favorite. As Alley points out in his note, it's unlikely an Edwardian-era father would clean and make a spaghetti dinner, but readers won't mind. It's a sure thing that listeners in laps will enjoy pointing out the messy details. (Picture book. 3-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780805069211
  • Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.16 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Teri Sloat is the author of There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Trout! and both author and illustrator of Pieces of Christmas, as well as many other books for children. Ms. Sloat lives with her husband in a tidy house north of San Francisco.

R. W. Alley has illustrated nearly a hundred books for children, including Cat Skidoo, by Bethany Roberts, and the bestselling series about that beloved bear Paddington. The Alley family (the mom, the dad, the girl, and the boy) lives in a neat (except for the studio) house in Barrington, Rhode Island.

Visit Teri Sloat and R.W.Alley at their websites: www.terisloat.com and www.rwalley.com

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