Welcome Home, Mouseby Elisa Kleven
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
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!
"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."
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)
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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