Qty:1
  • List Price: $16.99
  • Save: $4.24 (25%)
FREE Shipping on orders over $35.
Only 5 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.
Gift-wrap available.
Mousterpiece has been added to your Cart
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Very Good Condition.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

Mousterpiece Hardcover – August 21, 2012


See all formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover
"Please retry"
$12.75
$3.23 $0.02

Spring Books
The Big Books of Spring
See our editors' picks for the books you'll want to read this season, from blockbusters and biographies to new fiction and children's books.
$12.75 FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Only 5 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Mousterpiece + Beautiful Oops! + The Day the Crayons Quit
Price for all three: $34.06

Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

*Starred Review* Each night Janson the mouse explores the museum where she lives. Upon discovering the modern art section, “her little world opens.” She responds to the paintings, collages, drawings, and sculptures by creating her own, based on the ones she sees each night. When the modern wing is closed for renovation, Janson stares at the bare walls and looks forlorn. Not for long, though. She creates new pictures inspired by her old favorites and leaves her paintings on display. The museum director finds them and decides to exhibit her works, including her “mousterpiece,” the one picture painted in her own personal style. Following the story, which is pared down to the essentials, a four-page appended section, “Janson’s Favorite Artists,” includes a little information about the 22 artists represented, paired with postage-stamp-sized reproductions of each visual homage interpreting the modern masters from a mouse’s perspective. The book’s striking cover features a rectangular cut-out that frames the title-page illustration of Janson painting a jungle scene inspired by Henri Rousseau. On the pages within, the generous use of white space heightens the impact and the color intensity of the artwork. A charming introduction to modern art, an inspiring starting point for young art students, and a tribute to the way art can spark imagination. Preschool-Grade 3. --Carolyn Phelan

Review

"Mousterpiece is a gem of a book and we thank you for sharing your wit, wisdom, and love of art with us." - Lynn Berkowitz, The Barnes Foundation

Capitol Choice Award 2013 Best Book List Washington D.C.

"Portrait of An Artist as a Young Mouse"on MOUSTERPIECE and why bring modern art to young children is in "Children & Libraries" /
The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children, VOLUME 11 Number 3, December 2013 ALSC Winter Issue. Pages 16-19.
Art activities related to this book will be at the end of the article along with a Booklist of my top ten children's books on becoming an artist.
And/or View article also on my website: janebreskinzalben.com and click on "Articles" at the top of the main page.

Bank Street College of Education Best Books List 2013

blog interview by julie danielson: blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=2419

“In this particular world, everyone knows that mice, as much as any other rodents, enjoy scampering around kitchens scaring the heck out of people, but what they really like to do is make art….Janson, the mouse in Jane Breskin Zalben’s ‘Mousterpiece’ (named after the art historian H.W. Janson), has the advantage of living in an actual art museum, ‘tucked into the corner of a room filled with beautiful old furniture.’”--New York Times

 
"A charming introduction to modern art and an inspiring starting point for young art students.”--Booklist, starred
 
"...a terrific springboard for aspiring young artists everywhere.”--School Library Journal
 
"The joyful clarity of both vision and execution thrills.”--Kirkus, starred
 
"sweet-tempered parodies of modern artists…offer an opportunity for adult-child discussion…”--Publishers Weekly
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

Best Books of the Month
Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.

Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Lexile Measure: 540L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 36 pages
  • Publisher: Roaring Brook Press (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596435496
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596435490
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 0.4 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Born in Queens/NYC. Award-winning author/artist of over 50 picture books and YA novels. Latest novel is FOUR SEASONS (Knopf/Random House) Lives and works Long Island/NYC. Writes, paints, and travels to schools throughout the world speaking on children's books of which she is passionate about.

Magazine article: "Portrait of An Artist as a Young Mouse"on MOUSTERPIECE: a mouse-sized guide to modern art (Roaring Brook Press/ Macmillan) in "Children & Libraries" / The Journal of the Association for Library Service to Children 2013 ALA/ALSC Winter Issue. Pgs 16-19. Abstract art activities suitable for teachers, librarians, and parents related to this book are at the end of the article and bibliography of my top ten books on becoming an artist. Article also appears on my website under the articles category: www.janebreskinzalben.com

MOUSTERPIECE was deemed Caldecott-worthy and discussed at Calling Caldecott: this is the link:
http://www.hbook.com/2012/09/blogs/calling-caldecott/here-we-go-again/

Blog interview by Julie Danielson. http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=2419
Blog interview: http://artstomarket.com/introducing-modern-art-to-preschoolers-mousterpiece/

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
100%
4 star
0%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 5 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda R. Burke on November 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As a children's librarian in a public library, I ordered this book and immediately fell in love with it. Not only is the main character a girl, she also discovers what it means to be an artist. While she respects and admires the art of other artists to the point of trying to copy their style, she soon realizes her inner desire to create is not met.....until she paints in a way that makes HER happy. Along with this message the book includes information on many artists that Janson copied, so it has merit as an introduction into modern art history. Did I mention that I LOVE this book?
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melissa Sack VINE VOICE on September 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Jansen is a little mouse that makes her home inside an art museum. Each night she ventures out into the modern art galley to peek at some of her favorite art work! She is inspired to create her own art work based on these pieces. When the museum director discovers Jansen's portfolio will he be pleased or upset? Read this book to find out!

This book would be great to read to students in an art program. It's a great introduction to art and art appreciation. It included a list of famous artists and their works in the back of the book for further research.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lois G. on March 2, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
An interesting and fun way to introduce young children to art. My 2 1/2 year old grandchildren loved it immediately.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By J. Jones on March 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I love the mouse-versions of famous works of art and that the mouse is named "Janson" like the author of the college art history book. The ending is a good message, too.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
By Amazon Customer on March 27, 2015
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Delightful!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Mousterpiece
This item: Mousterpiece
Price: $16.99 $12.75
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?