Monday, 15 May 2017

3 Brilliant Mouse Books for toddlers and preschoolers

Are you looking for a fun and entertaining picture book that will captivate your toddler or preschooler?

Here I have three Brilliant Books to recommend, all with a mouse theme (with maybe a cat and a handful of other animals thrown in).  Mice seem to be popular protagonists for children's books, maybe it's because they're small and cute and sometimes a little bit cheeky so little kids can identify with them!

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How to Catch a Mouse

by Philippa Leathers 

Clemmie the cat is an exceptionally good mouse catcher. There are no mice in her house. She's such a fearsome mouse catcher, in fact, that she's never even seen a mouse!
She has a book about how to identify a mouse which tells her all the distinguishing characteristics of a mouse. She keeps getting it wrong though and mistakes other objects in the house for a mouse. The real mouse, meanwhile craftily disguises its tail, nose and ears and creeps around unnoticed by the blissfully unaware Clemmie. Until she is woken from a nap by a strange noise coming from the kitchen. When she comes face to face with a real mouse she has to work out what to do.
The story is complemented by the cute illustrations which somewhat contradict Clemmie's confidence in her mouse-catching skills!  We have fun pointing out where the mouse is on each page and giggling at its peculiar disguises.
This book was a present from my parents for Emma's third birthday and is now a firm favourite for story time.




A New House for Mouse

by Petr Horáček

This book was a present from Emma's Auntie Katy the Christmas before last.  Emma was almost two years old and was immediately fascinated by the story of Little Mouse who finds a delicious apple that is too big to fit in her house and so sets off to find a bigger house for her and her apple.  

The book is full of holes - literally! Each entrance to the animals' homes is an actual hole in the page, so from one side we can look into the den, burrow or cave and from the other side we can see Little Mouse peering in.  That's a lot of fun!

During her quest, Little Mouse comes across many different animal homes, but there just isn't enough room for the animal whose house it is, Little Mouse and her apple to all fit in.  Along the way, she keeps getting hungry and has a nibble of her apple every now and then.  By nightfall, she is very tired, but eventually finds the perfect little home for her and her apple.  I won't spoil the ending for you, but maybe you can guess whose house it is!

This is a beautifully-illustrated, very sweet story and is still one of Emma's favourites.



Little Mouse's Big Breakfast

by Christine Pym


Winter is drawing in, the weather is getting colder and food is scarce for Little Mouse.  One evening, he realises he has nothing to eat for breakfast the next morning.  However, he knows just where to go.  He creeps in through the window of a nearby house to look for some food for his breakfast and finds all sorts of perfect and not-so-perfect goodies in the kitchen; a blueberry, an apple, a jar of cookies, some cheese, a pickle and a cupcake. Then, he spots the most perfect breakfast of all: a sunflower seed!

He tries to carry it all, but it's just too much for a little mouse and everything comes crashing down, attracting the attention of a large black cat.  That's when Little Mouse realises that he could end up being the perfect breakfast!


Will he escape? Will he get any breakfast?  You'll just have to read the story to find out!

This was one of Emma's presents from her grandparents last Christmas and is wonderfully entertaining with eye-catching illustrations.  I wonder if it could also be a moral tale about trying to take on more than you can handle, or even about greediness!  Maybe that wasn't the original intention, but as a grownup that's what springs to mind! 




I hope you've enjoyed my reviews of these three Brilliant Books.  If you've read any of them, let me know your opinions in the comments below.  Do you have any more recommendations for mouse-themed storybooks?  I'd love to hear them!



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16 comments:

  1. oh these sound like great mouse themed books. I'd like to read the one called "little mouses's big breakfast". It interests me. Thanks for sharing Ruth and thanks for joining KLTR :)

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  2. Why is it that mice make for such great children's stories? Haha. Thanks for sharing. :-)

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  3. MIce are great in books and Magic Kingdoms... but when they run around the flat! EEEEK! #KCACOLS <3

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    1. Tell me about it! We just found a rat in our back patio the other day. Definitely wasn't cute.

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  4. Fab books! Thanks for linking up to #ThatFridayLinky

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  5. These look awesome books Thanks for linking to the #THAT FRIDAY LINKY come back next week please

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  6. I'm always looking for new books to read to my class and these look great!
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time.

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  7. These sound great, I like the educational part of describing the distinguishing marks of a mouse.
    Mainy
    #fortheloveofblog

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  8. These sound like great books. I've noticed noticed the mouse thing before but now you mention you are absolutely right! #kcacols

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  9. aah these sound like great books. Thanks for linking up with #forhteloveofBLOG

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  10. Do you know I've not read any of these with my kids, thanks so much for sharing with #readwithme

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  11. These mouse books look fab. I've not heard of them before so good to know #coolmumclub

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  12. I suspect I may have to get how to catch a mouse as I think my son would love it! Thanks for linking up to #kltr

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  13. Little Mouses's Big Breakfast looks like something my youngest would love to read!

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  14. I've not heard of any of these books, thanks for the recommendations. We like Eeeek, Mouse! by Lydia Monks #readwithme #kltr

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    1. I haven't heard of that one! May have to add it to our collection!

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