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House Mouse

Michael Hall, Michael Hall (Illustrator)

Hardcover

List Price: 17.99*
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Description

When a clever and resourceful mouse looks for a safe place to settle down, she learns that home is wherever you make it. A story about friendship, hospitality, and building from the award-winning and bestselling Michael Hall, creator of Red: A Crayon’s Story and Perfect Square.

On a chilly morning, a mouse finds something remarkable: a warm and welcoming fire. So, she builds a stove to mark the spot. When a fox chases the mouse but suddenly stops, she builds a floor on the patch of ground where she is protected. Soon, it seems as though the mouse has everything she needs for a house. But there’s one thing missing: friends!

House Mouse is a deceptively simple story about hard work, creativity, and sharing from a master of layered, yet accessible picture books. Michael Hall’s signature bright, bold mixed-media artwork will catch the eye of the youngest readers, as will the busy mouse’s tool collection and construction work.

House Mouse is playful and surprising and shares a powerful message about friendship, empathy, and hospitality. A must-have for fans of Mo Willems and Eric Carle. 



Praise For House Mouse

“With the graphic minimalism of a simple group of shapes or the squiggle of a line, a house mouse creates a space that evolves into a house for all. . . . This simple book is a timely addition to titles that encourage social emotional learning as it presents a step-by-step transformation that echoes safety with an enduring welcome and empathy for newcomers.”
— School Library Journal (starred review)

“It begins with a house, or perhaps with a warm, welcoming flame, or perhaps with the intrepid journey of a mouse who travels over a hill, across a river, and into an asparagus patch to find a home. . . . Gentle, straightforward text and onomatopoeia recount the mouse’s efforts to envision what could be before it is there . . . A thoughtful tale for engineers young and old.”
Kirkus Reviews

“When a mouse discovers a ‘warm and welcoming’ flame in an asparagus patch one cold day, she makes the first in a series of life-changing decisions. . . . The construction theme is a natural for Hall, who builds his images from simple, bright-colored shapes . . . As readers appreciate Hall’s graphic inventiveness, they can also ponder how much comfort and company a hearth can provide.”
Publishers Weekly

“It all begins when a tiny mouse finds something remarkable in a wild asparagus patch. . . . The soundscaping elements . . . will lend themselves brilliantly to read-alouds, child participation, and dramatization . . . This is a sweet, original, well-structured story about how leading with our warm, welcoming impulses will serve and protect us all.”
Booklist

Greenwillow Books, 9780062866196, 40pp.

Publication Date: May 11, 2021



About the Author

Michael Hall’s favorite thing to eat is asparagus. He grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where autumn was memorable for football, floats, caramel apples, and spectacular colors. He is the creator of several acclaimed picture books for children, including  Frankencrayon, Red: A Crayon’s Story, My Heart Is Like a Zoo, Perfect Square, and It’s an Orange Aardvark! Michael Hall lives with his family in Minneapolis, Minnesota.



Michael Hall’s favorite thing to eat is asparagus. He grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where autumn was memorable for football, floats, caramel apples, and spectacular colors. He is the creator of several acclaimed picture books for children, including  Frankencrayon, Red: A Crayon’s Story, My Heart Is Like a Zoo, Perfect Square, and It’s an Orange Aardvark! Michael Hall lives with his family in Minneapolis, Minnesota.