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If I Were a Mouse Hardcover – March 26, 2011

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A little boy narrates this rhyming story as he imagines what it would be like to be different animals. He imagines himself as a mouse, owl, squirrel, bird and cat, with the cat leading the narrative back to the boy in his bedroom, getting ready for bed. The concluding lines, the only religious content in the book, refer to God as “father, creator and friend,” thanking him for making the child who he is. The verse---just mundane rhymes about the way the animals move or where they live---has an old-fashioned, sing-song quality and isn’t particularly interesting or creative. Soft-focus illustrations show traditional scenes of homes and a farm; there's some added interest for sharp-eyed young readers with a repeating device of a knitted scarf on each animal and blue-striped shirts on the boy and several animals. (The rusty-red squirrel in a striped shirt with 17 seeds hidden in his cheeks seems ready to run right off the page and find a more exciting story to star in.) The final illustration in the little boy’s room includes toys, a lamp and curtains echoing the other characters and their homes. The religious content in the last spread seems tacked on to fit this story into a particular slot rather than any meaningful effort to connect children with God. (Kirkus Reviews)

About the Author

Karma Wilson's first poem was published at the tender age of six. The poem was ironically titled, "I Don't Wanna Write a Poem!" Growing up, she had no desire to write. But Providence had different plans, and now Karma writes poems for a living when she's not busy being a wife and raising three kids. Karma is the bestselling author of Bear Snores On and Bear Wants More, as well as If I Were a Mouse, Give Thanks to the Lord, and I Will Rejoice.



Marsela Hajdinjak-Krec illustrates children’s books and regularly contributes to several children’s agazines. She has also created characters and scenography for animated films. Marsela received the “Grigor Vitez” Award in 2005 for the book Water Sprite and Old Pear Tree. She lives and works in Zagreb, Croatia.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Zonderkidz (March 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310716039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310716037
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 0.4 x 12.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,204,409 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Whipple on March 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
If I Were a Mouse is the perfect example of a lighthearted book. This book is not about mice. It's about a child's imagination! A child's adventure unfolds as he pretends. He considers what would happen if he were a mouse, owl, squirrel, chickadee, and cat. In the end he is thankful and knows that God made him, and nothing could be better than being "me." Written by Karma Wilson and illustrated by Marsela Hajdinjak-Krec, it is a very cute book with a good message. I think children with vivid imaginations would appreciate a book like this that they could relate to, while others would be encouraged to imagine just a bit more. We do enjoy this book, but I don't think it's quite outstanding enough for five stars.

I thank Zonderkidz for sending this ARC for review purposes.
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Format: Hardcover
Every child can relate to the idea of wondering what it would be like to be something else.

If I Were a Mouse, written by Karma Wilson, starts out with a child wondering what it would be like to be a mouse. The text begins: "If I were a mouse, just as small as could be, I would make my house in a hole in a tree." Then the child imagines they might hear an owl, so they wonder what it would be like to be an owl.

The book progresses in this manner until the end when the child says, "I am a child, and God made me so. And nothing is better....I thank the Father for making me Me!"

The illustrations by Marsela Hajdinjak-Krec are imaginative and expressive, befitting a story like this.

What I Like: Usually I don't like children's text that is written in rhyme. But, I must say, the author does an excellent job with rhyme and rhythm for the text in this book.

What I Dislike: Although, for the most part, I really like the illustrations, my only complaint is the ones of the squirrel, particularly the page with a close-up of the animal. Not only is the squirrel very red, in that particular illustration the squirrel reminds me of a devil with horns. I'm sure that's not what was intended, but that's what it looks like.

Overall Rating: Very good.

Christine M. Irvin - Christian Children's Book Review
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Format: Hardcover
This book opens with a picture of a family having a picnic. The little boy is lying on the mat dreaming. What if he was a mouse or maybe an owl? How about a squirrel or a chickadee? Maybe a cat would be better? The end picture shows the boy standing on his bed, with his arms out wide, being thankful that God created him a child.

Delightful, colorful illustrations help to bring this well-written story to life. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my 2 year old and he LOVES it. Honestly, so do I! It is a cute story line and the illustrations are amazing - they really bring the animals alive. My 2 year old talks to them. I highly recommend this book!!
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Format: Kindle Edition
My 4 and 6 year old girls and I enjoyed this book. We do enjoy books that rhyme, but also we liked the idea of seeing things from a different point of view.
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