The Tiny Mouse

The Tiny Mouse

by Janis Ian, Ingrid & Dieter Schubert
     
 


A songwriter since she wrote ""Society's Child"" at the age of 14 and a Grammy winner for ""At Seventeen,"" Janis Ian's charming and witty song has now become a picture book illustrated by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert.

Janis wrote The Tiny Mouse for The Boat Project – a collaborative endeavor for which people donated wood, stories and songs that were made

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A songwriter since she wrote ""Society's Child"" at the age of 14 and a Grammy winner for ""At Seventeen,"" Janis Ian's charming and witty song has now become a picture book illustrated by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert.

Janis wrote The Tiny Mouse for The Boat Project – a collaborative endeavor for which people donated wood, stories and songs that were made into a fantastical thirty-foot vessel that was part of the London's Olympics.

The Tiny Mouse follows the adventures of a bored mouse who decides to go to sea and narrowly escapes a grisly death. In his moment of truth, he understands that it's better to be a whole mouse at home than someone's dinner at sea. This book and CD set has not only Janis Ian singing ""The Tiny Mouse"" with a full band but also a version without vocals for singalong fun. A complete transcription for piano and guitar is also included.

Ingrid & Dieter Schubert, creators of The Umbrella and many other picture books, give the tiny mouse his dapper and affable appearance and bring his perilous adventures to life with plenty of sly humor.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/30/2013
A persnickety mouse searches for adventure in a picture book drawn from a 2011 song from singer-songwriter Ian. Set apart from his fellow rodents by his coattails, fancy shoes, and grand house crafted from garbage, the mouse stows away on a ship, only to quickly regret his decision. After a bout of motion sickness, he winds up in the quarters of the feline captain, where the unnerving sight of dead mice plunked tails-up in a serving dish—à la shrimp cocktail—convinces him to jump ship. "He caught a flounder for a sail,/ made rudder of his tail/ and swam as hard as he could swim for land," where he is swiftly greeted by a "mouseketeer" who becomes his wife. The Schuberts (The Umbrella) create an eerie world of turbulent seas, homely mice, and surreal details, while hewing closely to the lyrics' descriptions. The "moral of the tale"—"think before you sail"—may prove puzzling, since the mouse wouldn't have discovered his future wife and children if he'd stayed home. Includes sheet music and a CD recording of Ian performing the song. Ages 4–up. (Sept.)
From the Publisher

Starred review. A little whimsy, a little darkness, a little music for a song turned into a picture book by veteran singer/songwriter Ian...The Schuberts’ illustrations are brightly colored and often surreal...Both words and music are appended, and a CD is included with three versions: vocal with band (that includes quite a wonderful clarinet), a band-only karaoke version and vocal with guitar. It is a rollicking little number...

""Janis Ian easily conquers a new audience with her adorable mouse, both book and music. The story is as full of joy and adventure as any young reader could want. And as an added bonus, your child will sing him/herself to sleep with the tune."" Jane Yolen, noted children's author, often called ""The Hans Christian Andersen of America"" 

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Ian’s jaunty ballad about the adventure of a tiny mouse has been illustrated by the Schuberts across double pages, all filled with the nattily dressed mouse and other deftly drawn characters in detailed and imaginative settings. Bored with his life in his tiny house, the mouse boards a ship. He soon finds that not only is he seasick, but the captain of the ship he is on is a cat that will no doubt make a meal of him. So he goes overboard. Then he “caught a flounder for a sail,/ made rudder of his tail/ and swam as hard as he could swim for land.” There on an island he finds a wife and has children who love to hear of his narrow escape and the lesson he learned. We are introduced to the hero of this bold adventure on the cover, standing firmly on the bow of the ship in his tailcoat, cane in hand, as the ears of a cat rise on the back of the cover. His coattails act as wings as he flies across the end pages, watched in open-mouth amazement by two other mice. The illustrations of his sick lurch to find a “loo” and his horror as he teeters on the edge of the sink realizing that the captain is a cat are priceless. The music for the song is included, as is a CD of three bouncy versions--a vocal, one with full band, and one with no words, just guitar. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz AGERANGE: Ages 4 to 8.
School Library Journal
★ 12/01/2013
PreS-Gr 1—Based on the first children's song written by the Grammy-winning songwriter, this amusing and mildly macabre picture book tells of a bored mouse who decides to go to sea. Unfortunately, he discovers that the ship's captain is a cat and quickly throws himself overboard to avoid becoming his dinner. Making it to dry land, he marries and has dozens of mouslings to whom he tells his adventurous tale, concluding with the moral: "Think before you sail…and always know what's in the bowl before you eat!" The text has a natural cadence that lends itself to either singing or reading aloud. Full-page watercolor illustrations depict the protagonist as a dapper fellow dressed in a white vest, black morning coat, and red shoes. A scene in which he is seasick is particularly amusing as he lists from side to side, and young readers will love the captain's bedside table, which is full of yummy mice tidbits. To maintain the rhyming scheme, the tiny mouse's wife is referred to as a "mouseketeer," which is a tad confusing, both for the nostalgic TV reference and because she's dressed like a musketeer (which makes her gender less obvious), but kids won't mind and it doesn't detract from the enjoyment of the book. In fact, the tiny mouse becomes something of a house husband at the end, adding a charming red-and-white checked apron to his look. A CD of Ian performing "The Tiny Mouse" is included. An appealing and amusing picture-book debut from a noteworthy writer.—Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2013-09-15
A little whimsy, a little darkness, a little music for a song turned into a picture book by veteran singer/songwriter Ian. The tiny--and quite dapper--mouse of the title lives in a house "full of drafts and doubts, and incredible things." Incredible things notwithstanding, he is restless and wants to go to sea. He is ill-prepared, however, and gets seasick at once. In his search for a bathroom, he discovers that the captain of the vessel he has stowed away upon is a cat! He, er, high-tails it out of there with help from a flounder, marries his "mouseketeer" and regales his dozens of children with his adventures. The Schuberts' illustrations are brightly colored and often surreal, from the cat-in-the-box jack-in-the-box to the mer-cat figurehead on the ship's prow, the mouse-snacks in the captain's quarters (all with their tails attached--eewww!) to our hero coughing up "seven oysters and a clam." Both words and music are appended, and a CD is included with three versions: vocal with band (that includes quite a wonderful clarinet), a band-only karaoke version and vocal with guitar. It is a rollicking little number--a little piratical, a little klezmer--and once heard, it is impossible to read the tale without singing it. A thoroughgoing success from these trans-Atlantic collaborators. (Picture book. 4-8)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935954309
Publisher:
Lemniscaat USA
Publication date:
09/17/2013
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
4 - 5 Years

Meet the Author

JANIS IAN (1951) is songwriter, performer, and author with 9 Grammy nominations. Her songs "At Seventeen" and "Society's Child" are in the Grammy Hall Of Fame. Her autobiography, Society's Child, received starred reviews for both the book and the audiobook from Booklist in addition to a Grammy win for Best Spoken Word Audio.

INGRID (1953) and DIETER (1947) SCHUBERT were born in Germany. After the Academy of Design in Münster and the Academy of Art in Düsseldorf they went to the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam. Their many books for children are available in 21 languages. Their work has been exhibited all over the world.This illustrating couple is extremely popular with parents and children alike because of their skill in watercolours and keen eye for witty detail.

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