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The House that Mouse Built Hardcover – March 29, 2011
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About the Author
Maggie Rudy has been making mice, mouse houses and the things to go in them for 20 years out of her Portland, Oregon studio. She documents her creations at mouseshouses.blogspot.com.
Pam Abrams is the author of NOW I EAT MY ABC's (Scholastic) and CAN I PUSH THE BUTTON (Piggy Toes Press).
Top customer reviews
The story, told concisely and satisfyingly in rhyme, is one that children can relate to: Mouse has built a house and a second mouse, Musetta, takes his piece of cheese. This act provokes a chain of events that's exactly right for small children: a bumblebee stings the wrongdoer, who is appropriately upset, and Woolly Bear caterpillar helps out. There is a final plot twist that is just right for adults and kids alike.
The illustrations are photographs of the insects and mice in interiors, fabulously detailed vignettes, and rural settings in which Mouse, Musetta, and the pair of fuzzy insects have their adventure and even include, eventually, a judge's chambers. The faces of the mice and the body language seem terrifically "real" but of course are more than "real" (mice register suprise and delight in this story)-- and appeal powerfully to imagination. All of this is crafted incomprehensibly cleverly and well by illustrator Maggie Rudy. Children as young as three will love to spot buttons, corks, tea balls,a coin, matchbooks, bottle caps, and even a big old shoe repurposed for mouse fittings, furniture, and the stuff that is strewn about in the country. All ages will be wowed by the realism of the pictures. Each day is brightly sunny and that works well, too; the mood is just right.
This remarkable book succeeds on so many levels. It is smart, compassionate and unpreachy in just the ways you want a children's book to be. A discerning toddler, child, parent or grandparent will be enthralled and delighted. And if you are asked to read it many, many times, the illustrations will keep you interested. I'm buying copies for the several small children I know.
A great, great book that you and your children will read over and over and over again!
Cheers and here is to many more magical books to come!