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A sophisticated social satire ... Just scary enough to entice an intrepid young reader, this book operates on several levels at once. Frank Asch is a skilled writer ...

About the Author

Frank Asch is the author and illustrator of more than 70 books for children. His picture books with Kids Can Press include Ziggy Piggy and the Three Little Pigs and Mr. Maxwell's Mouse (illustrated by his son, Devin Asch). Frank lives in Middletown Springs, Vermont.

Devin Asch is an illustrator and photojournalist. He divides his time between LA and Hawaii.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 9 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Kids Can Press (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1554530229
  • ISBN-13: 978-1554530229
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,892,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Allen Greenbaum HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This follow-up to "Mr. Maxwell's Mouse" isn't as darkly witty; it's geared towards a younger, more innocent audience. As a result, it's not as surprising or satiric as the former. The surprises are more predictable, and there are some chances not taken.

However, what's remarkable about `Mrs. Marlowe's Mice" is how it creates a complete society, with unmistakable social and political undertones that capture the neo-paranoia of new millennium America. Whereas Maxwell focused on social/class "relations" at the dinner table, Marlowe takes an Orwellian view of society at large.

Lest this semi-intellectual analysis put you off from the book, let me assure you that Marlowe is a delightful book for toddlers and young grade-schoolers; they will reduce the political shadings to the familiar story of good guys versus bad guys, or in this case, good cats vs. bad. Let's get to that story now--the one that your kids will enjoy.

Mrs. Marlowe, a respected feline librarian lives in a community where Department of Catland Security keeps a close watch for mice and those cats who would harbor them. Mrs. Marlowe is a She's already suspected by nosy neighbor Mrs. Godfrey; after all, Eleanor Marlowe never invites her over for tea. "It almost feels like you're hiding .g something in there!" Mrs. Godfrey has no idea how right she is, for Mrs. Marlowe is hiding a whole extended mouse family! They scurry out of drawers and cupboards when she comes home, often with something good to eat--like cheese! The Asch's draw a slightly ambivalent relationship here: Mrs. Marlowe thoughtfully slices the cheese for the mice, but that very large knife looms large in the mouse mind: "If I didn't know better, I'd say Mrs. Marlow was fattening us up for the kill.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I used to think that employing a computer to handle all your illustrating needs in a picture book was a risky proposition. Then we entered into 2007 and suddenly there were books like Bow-Wow Bugs a Bug and The Wizard using computers in radically different ways. Finally I got a glimpse of "Mrs. Marlowe's Mice", and now I think that it is safe to say that I've been won over to this style of artistic expression. In a sense, this particular book is a companion to the equally bizarre Mr. Maxwell's Mouse, put out by the same author and illustrator. Of the two, however, I may have to admit that I prefer this latest title. For cat lovers (and mice lovers alike) there's little to compare to the sweet madness that is the world of Frank and Devin Asch.

To the casual observer Mrs. Marlowe is just your average librarian widow. But to those who know her, and know her well, she's a very dangerous person: a mouse-keeper. Mouse-keeping is strictly forbidden, but within her home Mrs. Marlowe oversees a large number of happy well-fed rodentia. Of course, there's always the suspicion in the back of the minds of the mice that perhaps Mrs. Marlowe is just fattening them up for the kill, but the real test comes the day when her home is inspected by two policecats from Catland Security. Though she's adept at keeping the authorities at bay, when little Billy falls from his hiding space what happens next nobody expects.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen on October 13, 2007
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After reading the book myself, I shared the story with two first grade classes and held them spellbound with the story. The illustrations are phenomenal and the 6-7 year olds loved every minute of the story. When it was over, they wanted to hear more from this author. All of Frank Asch's stories are spellbinding, and hold children's interest all the way through.
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