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Welcome Home, Mouse

Welcome Home, Mouse

by Elisa Kleven
     
 

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Stanley loves to help, but sometimes he gets so excited he makes mistakes. While running errands for his mom—CRASH—Stanley bounces his ball right on top of Mouse’s house, smashing it to smithereens. Stanley wants to make up for what he’s done, but how? In Elisa Kleven’s expressive, detailed pictures, Stanley finds his inspiration all

Overview

Stanley loves to help, but sometimes he gets so excited he makes mistakes. While running errands for his mom—CRASH—Stanley bounces his ball right on top of Mouse’s house, smashing it to smithereens. Stanley wants to make up for what he’s done, but how? In Elisa Kleven’s expressive, detailed pictures, Stanley finds his inspiration all around him, from here and there, and this and that. Soon he is ready to surprise his friend with a new house, and what a wonderful place it is!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Kleven's (A Carousel Tale) gentle story offers a feel-good spin on the tried-and-true theme of unlikely animal friends. Mixed-media collages playfully underscore the difference in size between Stanley, a young and often clumsy elephant, and Mouse, whose pumpkin house Stanley inadvertently demolishes with his ball while playing in the yard. "My cozy house. Smashed to bits and pieces," laments the distraught mouse. Equally dismayed, Stanley offers to make her a "surprise house." On a trip to town with Mouse, the elephant surreptitiously collects an array of items, including a cardboard box, napkins, flowers, and twigs. The recycling bin on his front porch supplies additional building materials for the charming house he assembles for Mouse, complete with a table fashioned from a jar lid, a leaf pillow, a bottle cap plate, and decorative stamps as wall hangings. Sunny, outdoor scenarios and busy indoor scenes provide abundant details to keep readers' interest. And given how many times Stanley is made to feel guilty or embarrassed about his bumbling nature, his triumph feels all the sweeter. Ages 2–5. (Sept.)
From the Publisher
Starred Review, Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2010:
"Every word and brush stroke is spot-on in this luminous celebration of creativity, conservation and compassion. ... Kleven’s inspiring words and her paint, ink and cut-paper art burst with the same kind of joyous creativity displayed by Stanley."

Review, Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast, October 12, 2010:
"As is always the case with Elisa’s titles, this exudes joy."

Review, Time Out New York, September 28, 2010:
"The new picture book from prolific writer and illustrator Elisa Kleven seems inspired in part by her approach to her artwork. ...Just as Mouse will while away many a pleasant hour in her new home, kids will want to spend time poring over Kleven’s intricate images."

Review, School Library Journal, September, 2010:
"[A] charming story."

Review, Booklist, January 1, 2011:
"This has all the hallmarks of a good picture book for preschoolers: a straightforward story line, an acknowledgment of feelings, and delightful artwork, here done in Kleven’s signature style. Mixed-media collage combines with watercolors, ink, pastels, and colored pencils to make cozy pictures with plenty of patterns and lots of texture that enhance an already solid story."

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Stanley, an anthropomorphic elephant, wants to help in the kitchen but keeps messing up. So his mother sends him to the grocery store. On the way, he drops his ball and smashes Mouse's small house to pieces. He promises to make him a new one as he takes him along to the grocery. There he buys tomatoes in a box. At the bakery he purchases a muffin to share with Mouse, who is still missing his things. Stanley takes along the doily from the muffin, a paper napkin, and the cap from his juice. On the way home, he picks up other items for his surprise house. When they get home, Stanley creates a beautiful home for Mouse in the tomato box from what he has collected. Clumsy Stanley is not so clumsy after all. The characters are simply drawn, almost cut out. But each full page is rampant with small details created with mixed media collage, watercolors, ink, pastels, and colored pencils. The grocery shelves are stocked with bottles and jars; the bakery displays tasty treats, autumn leaves drift over the path home. Mouse's home is a delight, perhaps an inspiration for creative readers. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Kirkus Reviews

Every word and brush stroke is spot-on in this luminous celebration of creativity, conservation and compassion. Stanley, a clumsy elephant child, wants to help his mother but succeeds only in making messes. Sent to buy tomatoes, he accidentally smashes Mouse's house, which he promises to rebuild. Taking the distraught and skeptical Mouse along in the pocket of his shopping bag, Stanley blushes (beautifully pink) when the baker suggests he wait outside because he had toppled a wedding cake on a previous visit. Generously sharing his muffin with Mouse, Stanley cleverly stashes napkin, bottle cap and doily, and he skips home while "new ideas fluttered and swirled through his head bright as leaves." By day's end, Mouse has a beautiful new house, created from items Stanley has collected and others found in the recycle box on the porch. All ends happily, with Clumsy, Clever and, most importantly, Kind Stanley embraced by Mom and Mouse. Kleven's inspiring words and her paint, ink and cut-paper art burst with the same kind of joyous creativity displayed by Stanley. (Picture book. 4-8)

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1—A sweet story of an eager-to-please but clumsy young elephant. Stanley wants to assist his mother in the kitchen but is more of a hindrance than a help, so she sends him to the store for tomatoes. On the way, he accidentally smashes a mouse's pumpkin home. The poor mouse has lost everything and Stanley pledges to fix his mistake. Employing his imagination, he picks up a variety of items including walnut shells, acorn caps, a lace doily, a bottle cap, and an assortment of items from the recycle bin on his porch. Beginning with the tomato box, he creatively uses his found objects to construct a cozy home for his grateful new friend. The fascinating illustrations made from watercolors, ink, pastels, and colored pencils feature two simply drawn plump gray elephants and a small tan mouse placed on intricately assembled collage backgrounds. The collages appear to include postage stamps, a braided rug, wallpaper, pieces of quilts and pottery as well as hand-cut leaves. Using one's imagination, repairing a mistake, and making a new friend are some of the themes contained in this charming story.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781582462776
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/28/2010
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.20(w) x 10.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
AD530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
2 - 5 Years

Read an Excerpt

Stanley was trying to help Mom make pizza, but SLOSH he spilled the oil, SPLOOF he sprayed the flour, SPLAT he tipped over the bowl of tomato sauce.
 
“Stanley,” said Mom, “why don’t you go out and play with your ball?”
“But I want to help,” Stanley said.
 
“Okay, then,” said Mom. “Run to the grocery store for more tomatoes.” She handed Stanley her shopping bag, some silver coins tucked safely in the pocket. “Buy yourself a treat at the bakery with the change.”
 
Stanley bounded off, tossing his ball. Up it soared . . .
 
down it crashed.
 
“My house!” cried a mouse. “My cozy house. Smashed to bits and pieces.”
“Oh, Mouse!” said Stanley. “I’m sorry!”
“Where will I eat my meals?” asked Mouse. “Where will I sleep tonight?”

Meet the Author

ELISA KLEVEN is an illustrator and/or author of nearly thirty picture books. Her joyful collage artwork and gentle stories celebrate friendship, creativity, and a love for nature and the imagination. Elisa’s picture books grow out of her childhood desire to find and create magical worlds, and include The Paper Princess, The Lion and the Little Red Bird, Ernst, The Puddle Pail, A Carousel Tale, Sun Bread, The Apple Doll, De Colores by José-Luis Orozco, and Abuela by Arthur Dorros. Elisa’s books have been named ALA Notable Books, School Library Journal Best Books of the Year, New York Times Best Illustrated Book of the Year, and Junior Library Guild Selections. Elisa lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Paul, daughter, Mia, and son, Ben.

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