Pat Schories Mouse Around

ISBN 13: 9780374454142

Mouse Around

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9780374454142: Mouse Around

Drops of water fall from the pipe over the mouse nest. A small mouse nestled inside tries to catch a drop, but as he reaches out for it--just a little farther--he tumbles from the nest into the back pocket of the plumber who is fixing the leak. The mouse is off on a wonderful chance journey which takes him all around town.
In this wordless picture book, children will delight in following the mouse from hiding place to hiding place, guessing where he'll turn up next, as he piggybacks his way from bakery box to garbage can, moving sneakily from street to store to shopping bag.
With rich watercolors, Pat Schories captures the bustling life of the town and its people--all of whom are oblivious to the mouse and his big adventure as he makes his way home.

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From Kirkus Reviews:

There's plenty to discover and discuss in this carefully devised wordless story: A baby mouse, awakened by a dripping pipe, falls into the plumber's pocket to begin an adventurous journey that takes it out the door in the resident paperboy's doughnut and to various places around town before--having made numerous transfers (all unobserved by the humans) from one conveyance to another and survived dangers (including a cat and a garbage truck)--it serendipitously makes its way back, via an oblivious visitor's hat, to drop down the kitchen sink through the still-open-ended pipe, into its basement home. Using illustrations in round-cornered squares of various sizes to contrast scenes from the larger human perspective with smaller vignettes pinpointing the mouse's activities, Schories cleverly sequences her pictorial narrative, always focusing attention on what happens next. Her humans may be merely serviceable and her mouse more toy than live creature, but the astutely observed action here is consistently amusing and the overall design and organization are nicely harmonious. An unusually strong debut. (Picture book. 2-8) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

From School Library Journal:

PreSchool-Grade 2-- Illustrations of varying sizes depict the wordless, inadvertent travels of a young mouse who falls from his safe nest in the cellar into a plumber's pocket. From there he journeys via doughnut, slipper, and toy truck (among other unorthodox methods) throughout a busy town. The trip is a circular one and he eventually returns home, although there is no indication that this is intentional. The many detours and adventures seem entirely random, which weakens the story's impact considerably. Schories injects some mild suspense as the mouse narrowly escapes various tragedies, but these do little to add depth. Because of their arbitrary nature, they indicate neither the mouse's bravery or intelligence, nor are they sufficiently exaggerated to create an atmosphere of slapstick humor. The illustrations are adequate, although the world they portray is decidedly bland. Those searching for a compelling plot or intriguing characterization will be disappointed by this slim adventure, but less demanding onlookers may find it diverting. --Lisa Dennis, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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