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Mouse, Look Out! Hardcover – September 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 7 years
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Juvenile; 1st American ed edition (September 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525420312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525420316
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 9.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703,494 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Readers follow a mouse fleeing a stalking cat through an abandoned house in this British team's taut tale. Full-bleed spreads convey Burgin's playfully eerie scenes, first from outside the house, a partly collapsed, overgrown structure darkening with the sunset and surrounded by a spiked fence with a foreboding sign ("Danger Keep Out"). Waite's text strikes just the right chord between haunting and humorous: "And tucked among the cracks of the ivy-covered wall, a little mouse was peeping," it begins. As the shadow of a black cat approaches, a gray-brown mouse digs its way frantically into the crevices of the house; each time the cat is about to pounce, his prey dashes just of reach, scuttling inside an abandoned shoe or taking cover between the bristles of a straw broom, as the refrain exclaims in capital letters: "Mouse, look out! There's a cat about!" Burgin never lets the stalking get too scary, skillfully balancing cobwebs and swirling dead leaves with plenty of light and familiar domestic objects, such as a beribboned straw hat and dusty teddy bear. The tension shows in the gripping of the mouse's claws as it peers at its own reflection in a copper kettle and in the ominous eyes of an owl that reappear in the shadows of each spread. The layers of one watching the other, reader, owl and cat, heighten the suspense, and the surprise ending, as the animals leap through the grass bathed in light, delivers a sigh of relief. Ages 5-7.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-As a little mouse scurries through an abandoned house, it is stalked by a cat at every turn. In each picture, children see a shadow or a portion of the predator as it gets closer to its prey. Then the feline bounds into the room where the mouse is nesting. Just as the hunter is ready to pounce, a dog enters the scene and chases it away. Beautiful artwork with some double-page spreads show a spooky English cottage filled with interesting junk. Young audiences will never tire of finding the cat in each picture and joining in the refrain, "MOUSE, LOOK OUT!/THERE'S A CAT ABOUT." The rhyming text builds just enough suspense, then gives way to relief when the dog appears. The paintings and story are similar to Ruth Brown's A Dark Dark Tale (Dial, 1981) but the ending is more reassuring. Children who enjoyed finding the kitty in Maria Polushkin's Who Said Meow? (Bradbury, 1988) or who delighted in the suspense of Robert Kraus's Whose Mouse Are You? (Macmillan, 1970) will love this appealing picture book.
Marlene Gawron, Orange County Library, Orlando, FL
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Boster on October 25, 2001
Format: Hardcover
A mysteriously abandoned mansion serves as a terrifically spooky setting for a cat-and-mouse tale. As the mouse slips through the "gate no one opened" and the "door no one knocked on," we fairly shout on every fourth page, "MOUSE, LOOK OUT! THERE'S A CAT ABOUT"--until the end, that is, when we shout for the cat to look out for someone else with orange eyes. The suspense of the simple plot is marvelously enriched by the rhythmic, rhyming verse, darkly realistic paintings, and the strange mystery--never explained--of why the long-ago owners of this ghostly mansion abandoned it with all their possessions still inside. This gives the book an unspoken subplot for imaginative ruminations on the side. The artist's sense of perspective brilliantly accentuates the vulnerability of the mouse and the menace of the cat, and end papers showing an ominous front view of the house in the beginning and a satisfying conclusion in the back garden at the end are unifying elements. An edge-of-your-seat tale just right for story time, slumber parties, and Halloween.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 2001
Format: Hardcover
My 3 year old fell in love with this book immediately. The rhyme and rhythm of the poem make this an excellent bedtime story with its almost song like effect. The illustrations are clear yet have such depth that my child will stare at each page for several minutes, picking out the many details. If your child had fun finding the mouse in "Good Night Moon", he will love looking for the mysterious creature that watches from the shadows as the story unfolds.Though the plot could be viewed as kind of scary, the immages are depicted in very gentle and innocent drawings that leave the reader with a sense of comfort, not fright.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 27, 2000
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This is a refreshingly different children's book, with a playfully spooky atmosphere. The text includes words not often seen in toddler and young reader books, such as "creeping" and "creaking" with beautifully eerie illustrations. My son borrowed this book from the library so many times that we just had to buy it. As parents, we love the opportunity to read something to him that is not only verbally appealing but also visually enticing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chanler on June 19, 2000
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My two year old learned how to make shadows! He warns us about lurking cats and scurrying mice. The drama unfolds slowly and we find more in each illustration every time we read. This book is destined to become a classic.
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By J. Chavez on August 27, 2011
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The book has been a favorite of both my boys ages 4 and 6 still like it. The owl game is a favorite part of the book and justice is served in the end. very happy to have owned book.
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This is a fun book for preschoolers through kindergarten and our three children never tired of re-reading this classic. The pictures are very intricate and absorbing, revealing more with each reading. Complicated story lines were worked into the back story.
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By L. Henkel on April 9, 2010
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I have never read Mouse,Look Out! to a group of children without them wanting to hear it again and again. Even a two year old will sit still for this one.
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Format: Hardcover
I'd buy this book for the marvelous artwork. Ms. Burgin's images manage the right balance between spooky and reassuring. And they are beautiful in themselves. The story, by Ms. Waite, is mysterious enough for a child, but not too scary for a very young one. All told, a marvelous book that doesn't talk down to its readers (or viewers) and - thank goodness - doesn't dwell on (gag) "self-esteem."
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