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The Mouse That Snored Hardcover – September 25, 2000

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 320L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers; Library Binding edition (September 25, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395975182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395975183
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 11.3 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #690,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In Waber's (Did You See a Mouse?) latest tale starring a feisty rodent, the title character takes up residence in a house whose occupantsAa couple and their cat and parrotAare extraordinarily quiet. They rarely speak and never indulge in "noisy food" such as carrots or celery; "They ate instead,/ stewed tomatoes,/ mashed potatoes,/ and puddings made of bread." The household gets quite a shock one stormy night, when the mouse steals inside, helps himself to a snack, falls asleep and begins to snoreAloudly. "His snores were roars/ with whistling encores./ And each snore was louder/ than the snore before." The cacophony sets off a comical chain of events (pots and pans rattle, light fixtures tremble) and the residents awaken. Winning them over with his tale of woe, the mouse receives an invitation to stay, as well as lessons in being quiet, except while sleeping. The story has an inventive premise, yet the verse occasionally suffers from a faltering rhythm and rhyme scheme (e.g., "The quiet man's wife/ padded about in slippers./ She never made the faintest sound/ not even while zipping zippers"). More consistently entertaining are Waber's whimsically arranged pictures, which feature a diverse palette in pastel and vivid hues. His diverting images of this whiskered hero will surely endear the diminutive fellow to young readers. Ages 4-8. (Sept.)
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From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 2-The joke is in the title of this simple tall tale. A quiet couple (no crunchy foods served; the wife goes about in slippers) and their quiet cat and parrot (the bird's refrain is "Hush! Be still") are awakened one rainy night by a mouse that has taken refuge in their tranquil abode-and whose gargantuan snores shake up the peaceful hush. No one in the household is unsympathetic to his plight, however, and he is kindly welcomed as a guest. He quickly adapts to their quiet daytime habits and (because, of course, he still snores), his hosts wear earplugs to bed. The rhyming text fits the tale well. Waber's drawings convey an amazing amount of lively expression in a few lines, and the droll looks on the mouse are very funny. However, the use of a subdued, shadowy palette for the nighttime setting and the muted sounds of the household weighs down what is really a light story. Overall, a modestly pleasing read-aloud.
Kathie Meizner, Montgomery County Public Libraries, Chevy Chase, MD
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

"This is Mr. Waber. Mr. Waber is the man who writes those stories about Lyle the Crocodile" is sometimes the way I am introduced to a child. We greet each other, the child and I, and I begin to imagine disappointment in the wide-eyed gaze. Perhaps there was an expectation the "real" Lyle would leap out from behind this not-unusual-looking author. It is tempting but I resist becoming Lyle and behaving in some ingratiating fashion to desperately compensate for the absent crocodile hero. I offer, instead, to show off some of my Lyle memorabilia, a collection acquired mostly through the generosity of good-humored friends and readers.

My own early efforts at drawing were mostly confined to the laborious copying of photographs of film stars and other celebrities. I received respectable grade in art classes during my school years but doubt I thought it seriously indicated a career direction. Perhaps art seemed too frivolous for one raised during the Depression. Besides, I grew up a rather earnest young man and chose instead to major in finance at the University of Pennsylvania. After just one year of schooling, World War II interrupted those rather high-minded plans. Perhaps it was moving about, meeting people of various backgrounds and experience -- I don't recall a precise moment--but somehow during those army days my interest shifted to drawing and painting.

Returning to civilian life, I discarded high finance for enrollment at the Philadelphia College of Art. It was a decision I never regretted. During the four years I attended school I found great joy in painting and drawing. Soon after graduating, and newly married,

Ethel and I moved to New York, a city we loved at once and still do. I celebrated that feeling with the eventual publication of The House on East 88th Street (1962). My first

New York employment was in the promotion department of Condé Nast Publications, and although I continued in the magazine field for many years, writing and illustrating children's books was my primary interest since 1961.

My involvement with children's books originated with some illustrations of children I carried in my art portfolio. Several art directors suggested that my drawings seemed suited for children's books. At the same time, I was also having read-aloud sessions with my own three children. I am afraid enthusiasm for "their" books began, in fact, to cause them occasional discomfort. "Daddy, why don't you look at the grownups' books" they chided. Before too long I was mailing out stories and ideas to publishers. Rejections followed but after a time a cheery encouragement arrived from Houghton Mifflin Company, and to my delight, a contract was offered for Lorenzo.

In one way or another, I seem to find myself thinking of children's books most of the time. I even enjoy the period in between books for it is then (I hope) that I am susceptible to all manner of adventurous thought. I've never been good at thinking at the typewriter. I seem to write best when in motion. Trains, subways, even elevators seem to shake ideas loose in my head. Although I write and illustrate, I believe if I had to choose between the two, I would choose writing. There's a freedom about writing that appeals to me. You can do it almost anywhere--and I have.

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He's loud and he also snores!!
Melissa Sack
The reader can imitate what the characters sound like (when they're whispering or snoring or eating various quiet or loud things).
The illustrations are sophisticated yet colorful and cute.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on October 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
In the beginning of the book we meet to of the main characters in the story. They are a couple who enjoy being quiet. Things are good for them. They live in a quiet house in the country. That is until a loud city mouse comes to visit! He's loud and he also snores!! Will the couple be able to get id of him or will they have to accept his ways? Read The Mouse that Snored to find out!

It has extraordinary illustrations that would captivate the attention of any child, even ones with short attention spans.

I would recommed this book for kids ages 5-8. They will enjoy the story read aloud or to read silently to themselves
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Patto TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 27, 2012
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This isn't a Christmas story yet it would make a great Christmas gift. We all know that the night before Christmas nothing stirred in a certain house, not even a mouse.

Well this story concerns a very disruptive mouse. He takes up residence in a home full of quiet people. Even the pets hardly make a sound. But this mouse snores loudly, shocking all the inhabitants. Read the story to see how they deal.

This may be my favorite story to read out loud. The tale is charmingly and humorously written. The illustrations are sophisticated yet colorful and cute. And even little kids seem to get the moral of the story.

I bought this book on the recommendation of another reviewer. He was right. Everyone in our extended family loves it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Schonbek on May 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book for my nephew's kids (ages 5 and 2 respectively) but am first going to lend it to my wife.

After 28 years of blissful marriage, snoring (mine) has reared its ugly head as a major marital problem. The Mouse That Snored, a great book by Bernard Waber, the author of the classic Lyle the Crocodile series, deals with similarly troublesome snoring but has a happy ending (which I won't disclose) and provides a possible solution to the problem.

The story takes place in the home of a very quiet family. Here's how the author sets the context:

Once there was a quiet man
as quiet as a mouse.
He lived in the country
in a very quiet house.

The quiet man's quiet wife
padded about in slippers.
She never made the faintest sound
not even while zipping zippers.

They had a cat
named Mose,
who went about
on tippy toes.

And a parrot
named Will,
Whose only words were
"Hush! Be still!"

These four characters go about their lives placing a premium on maintaining silence at all costs. So for instance,

The quiet man, the quiet woman,
the quiet cat and bird,
ate their dinner, sipped their drink,
and never spoke a word.

Nor would they dare eat noisy food
like crunchy celery, munchy radishes
or a snappy carrot,
- not even the parrot.

They ate instead,
stewed tomatoes,
mashed potatoes,
and puddings made of bread.

So you can imagine the mayhem which follows when a city mouse with an ear splitting snore invades the peaceful scene...

But in the end all is well.

Not only is this beautifully illustrated book lots of fun to read, but it also conveys valuable themes about diversity, compassion, forgiveness, and openness to change.

Important messages, not only for kids, but also for sixty something year old married couples.
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