Mouse Was Mad

Mouse Was Mad

By Linda Urban; Henry Cole (Illustrator)

Houghton Mifflin, Paperback, 9780547727509, 40pp.

Publication Date: March 20, 2012


Who knows the best way to be mad? Bear stomps. Hare hops. Bobcat screams. Mouse? He just can't get it right. But when he finds the way that works for him--still and quiet--he discovers that his own way might be the best of all.

Linda Urban's story about self-expression and managing anger is both sweet and sly, and Henry Cole's cast of animal friends is simply irresistible.

About the Author
Linda Urban's debut novel, A Crooked Kind of Perfect, was selected for many best books lists and was nominated for twenty state awards. She is also the author of Hound Dog True, a Kirkus Best Book of 2011, the acclaimed The Center of Everything, and the fantasy-adventure Milo Speck, Accidental Agent. A former bookseller, she lives in Vermont.

Henry Cole has illustrated more than fifty books for children, including "And Tango Makes Three", "Oink?", and "Little Bo in France". A former elementary school teacher, he now writes and paints full time.

Praise For Mouse Was Mad

"Urban unfurls the gentle ‘be true to yourself’ moral perfectly, with plenty of funny dialogue, overplayed reaction and the enduring appeal of the tiny hero. Cole’s terrific watercolors reflect Mouse’s emotional growth in spreads and spots brimming with movement. Who knew standing still could be so dramatic? Well-pitched for preschoolers just learning social skills, this would be equally excellent for family reading, classrooms and storytimes."—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED review

“Through playful language and expressive watercolors with colored pencil and ink, this story about anger management proves to be both entertaining and therapeutic. . . . Mouse finds his own way through his ire and, in the process, may help a few youngsters get a handle on their own.”—School Library Journal