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Kindergarten-Grade 3. Another King-Smith critter to love. Wolf is such a minuscule mouse that his mother decides to give him a big name. A slightly chewed piece of sheet music yields "Wolfgang Amadeus Mo"?hence W. A. Mouse or Wolf for short. The family mouse hole is just behind the leg of a grand piano played twice a day by an elderly woman. Wolf loves the music and, to the delight of Mrs. Honeybee and the bemusement of his mother, he becomes the first singing mouse. His special talent even enables him to summon help when Mrs. Honeybee falls and can't get up. The three central characters are nicely crafted in this sweet story. Budding young musicians will relate to Wolf's struggles to develop his talent and share it with his not-so-musical mother. Those who haven't discovered their talents will enjoy this small mouse as they have the other creatures King-Smith so lovingly creates. Goodell's black-and-white illustrations, done in an engaging style similar to the work of Garth Williams, have all the warmth of the text. An appealing beginning-chapter book for young readers ready for a bit of substance, and a surefire read-aloud.?Jody McCoy, Lakehill Preparatory School, Dallas, TX
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A sunny story... which succeeds because of its determined main character, its gentle wit, and its positive message." -- Booklist  

"An appealing beginning-chapter book for young readers... and a surefire read-aloud." -- School Library Journal
        
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 4
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; Reprint edition (March 16, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375800662
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375800665
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.3 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Dick King-Smith was a farmer for twenty years before becoming a writer, and most of his animal stories are based on his farming experiences. He won the Guardian Award with The Sheep-Pig, which became the blockbuster film Babe. Dick lives in Gloucestershire.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By X. Libris on October 16, 2001
Format: Library Binding
I read "A Mouse Called Wolf" after several students in the elementary school where I am the librarian urged me to read it. They told me I'd love it and they were right!
This is a charming story about a mouse who discovers he can sing, in the process saving his sibling mice from the cat in the house and becoming the companion of elderly Mrs. Honeybee who teaches Wolf new songs on her piano.
It's a simple and appealing story line, but I applaud Dick King-Smith for tackling two subjects not usually found in children's literature. On the one hand he skillfully interweaves musical terms and concepts, and on the other hand he paints a sympathetic portrait of the life of an elderly widow living alone.
This delightful tale should be welcome in the home of musical families or where children need a glimpse into the life of a lonely senior citizen. The adult readers of this story will have many private chuckles over the tunes Mrs. Honeybee chooses to teach her singing mouse: everything from the Beatles' "Help!" to showtunes such as "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'."
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 31, 1999
Format: Paperback
A Mouse called Wolf"was a fantastic story!!I could not put this book down.It touched me and how the mouse could sing when everyone else thought he was just another runt!!!It shows people could do anything they want to!!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 19, 2000
Format: Paperback
Wolfgang Amadeus Mouse is a character you instantly fall in love with. Dick King-Smith has created a charming book that children and parents alike will enjoy. If you liked the movie Babe (Dick King-Smith wrote the book of which the movie was based), you'll adore this heart-warming tale.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 15, 2011
Format: Paperback
I'm a 9-year-old reader who loved the book because it's an educational book to encourage kids to do anything they want. I liked how Wolf didn't give up on singing and that he helped Mrs. Honeybee call for help. Even though he was the smallest mouse, he was the bravest of all. I think every kid should read this book because it encourages you to try new things you want to do and it shows that you can never have too many friends.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 4, 2004
Format: Paperback
A Mouse Called Wolf comes from the inventive mind of Dick King-Smith who gave us Babe: The Gallant Pig.
After watching his friends race across piano keys, wee Wolfgang Amadeus Mouse throws back his head and sings. Eventually he uses his voice to rescue the lady of the house. Wolf's antics are ably illustrated by Jon Goodell.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Dick King-Smith writes another fabulous book. This wonderful story of friendship and heroes is an inspiration to people of all ages. It speaks about friendship, family and aspiring to do your best. As always the characters come to life and become the readers new best friend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Sweeney on March 1, 2014
Format: Paperback
I work in an elementary school and read to children about 15 minutes everyday after they return from their lunch. Since I get to pick the books I share, I have tried to find books that have been overlooked, and books that haven't been used by their classroom teacher.

So far this year I have read the entire Mercy Watson Series by Kate DiCamillo, "The Trouble with Chickens " by Doreen Cronin, "Socks" by Beverly Cleary, "Gooseberry Park" by Cynthia Rylant and "A Mouse Called Wolf" by Dick King-Smith. I know my audience fairly well, and knew they would love "A Mouse Called Wolf." They clapped every day when my reading time was up, walked up to me to find out if there were more books about Wolf, wanted to see the book, and basically wouldn't let me out of the room!

This is a kind and gentle book about a tiny mouse named Wolfgang Amadeus Mouse (nicknamed Wolf) and an elderly woman who find joy and friendship in music. Buy this book and read it aloud to your favorite group of children. You will have a grand time with this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve Shaiman on February 25, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
She was almost 6 when we read this book and sat cuddled up with me for as long as I would keep reading. For a normally very active girl this was a sure sign of her interest. The book is, of course, pure fantasy, but the emotions expressed both of intimacy and concern are real enough. King-Smith does a good job of blending realtiies of life with his fantasies.

As an aside, the layout of the book and the fonts and font sizes used made the book a pleasure to read from. The illustrations are also quite nice, simple, and appropriate.
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