There's a Mouse in My House

There's a Mouse in My House

There's a Mouse in My House
Ross Collins

Nosy Crow Ltd

ISBN 9781788008259

The long awaited sequel to the award-winning favourite, There's a Bear on My Chair, from bestselling author and illustrator, Ross Collins. The tables have turned in this fantastically funny rhyming picture book. This time, it's Bear who has an unwelcome guest, and that cheeky mouse just won't leave. He's making a real commotion in Bear's house - eating all the food, listening to loud music and even spilling bathwater all over the floor! But when there's an unexpected knock at the door, Bear decides that perhaps mice are actually rather nice! A funny family story to share at bedtime (or any time!) From the bestselling creator of There's a Bear on My Chair, winner of the Amnesty CILIP Honour 2016 and shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal 2016. Can't get enough? Look out for This Zoo is Not for You, What Does An Anteater Eat and This is a Dog. A brilliant, brightly coloured gift that will make children laugh out loud.

Librarian's Book choice

Poor Bear. He was quite happy sat in his chair. But now Mouse has turned up, unasked for and unannounced. All bear wants is for Mouse to go, so he can be left in peace.

With minimal words and expressive pictures, we can see from page 1 that Bear is a rather curmudgeonly creature while Mouse with his open smile and bright jumper is more fun-loving. He hangs picture, tries on costumes, drops food everywhere and even performs some taekwondo. Bear is long-suffering and unimpressed. But when all's said and done, and Mouse provides a party, it is quite nice to have a friend.

Short, sweet, with one wonderful 'O' rhyme running throughout (buffalo, pistachio, stereo, overflow), There's a Mouse in my House does a lot with a little. More than the sum of its parts, and a great prompt for discussion ('Do you think Bear's life would be better before or after Mouse arrived?'), There's a Mouse in my House is a warm, witty, wonderful addition to an Early Years bookshelf.

Picture book / Ages 3+ / Reviewed by Carol Carter, school librarian


Reviews

There's a Mouse in My House4/5

There's a Mouse in My House

Ross Collins

Review

Poor Bear. He was quite happy sat in his chair. But now Mouse has turned up, unasked for and unannounced. All bear wants is for Mouse to go, so he can be left in peace.

With minimal words and expressive pictures, we can see from page 1 that Bear is a rather curmudgeonly creature while Mouse with his open smile and bright jumper is more fun-loving. He hangs picture, tries on costumes, drops food everywhere and even performs some taekwondo. Bear is long-suffering and unimpressed. But when all's said and done, and Mouse provides a party, it is quite nice to have a friend.

Short, sweet, with one wonderful 'O' rhyme running throughout (buffalo, pistachio, stereo, overflow), There's a Mouse in my House does a lot with a little. More than the sum of its parts, and a great prompt for discussion ('Do you think Bear's life would be better before or after Mouse arrived?'), There's a Mouse in my House is a warm, witty, wonderful addition to an Early Years bookshelf.

Picture book / Ages 3+ / Reviewed by Carol Carter, school librarian

Reviewed by: Carol Carter


There's a Mouse in My House4/5

There's a Mouse in My House

Ross Collins

Review

An interesting story with some lovely illustrations!

A polar bear finds that a mouse has moved into his house. The mouse unpacks his things, settles in, eats lots of food, dances loudly and even overflows the bath water! Suddenly, when they hear a knock at the door, the polar bear panics because many more mice wander in! Will he learn to live with the mice or continue to be a grumpy bear?

The story contains lots of rhyming words which gives it a great flow for story telling to one or more children. They always love spotting the rhyming words and guessing what it could be. The colourful pictures also add to the story, giving children a real sense of the emotions that the characters are feeling.

Ages 4+ / Picture Book / Reviewed by Lucy Newton, Teacher

Reviewed by: Lucy Newton


There's a Mouse in My House5/5

There's a Mouse in My House

Ross Collins

Review

A wonderful story about tolerance. This story teaches children that although they may have different interests than other children, we can learn to be friends and playing happily together.

A lovely rhyming story with a very animated Polar Bear who is frustrated with a cheeky Mouse who has just turned up and moved in to the Polar Bear's house. The Polar Bear tries lots of methods - physically throwing him, suggesting lovely countries to live in and showing him their tastes are not the same - to rid his house of the mouse, but the Mouse persists. After becoming more and more frustrated, there is suddenly a knock at the door and in arrives all of the Mouse's family and friends coming for a party. It is here that Polar Bear gives in and realises the mice are actually nice and he enjoys their company.

The illustrations are completely accessible for all children. Big, bright and colourful with clear facial expressions to show the emotions of both mouse and polar bear. The characters are the complete opposite of each other and it makes this story very funny for young children. The illustrations in the story builds to a glorious change in the final few images where the Polar bear is smiling, enjoying the party and is sharing a story with the mouse; they have clearly overcome their differences and become best friends.

A lovely story to share with young children; the rhythm and rhyme makes it perfect for a bedtime read as well to discuss friendships.

Picture book / Ages 3+ / Reviewed by James Hewish, teacher

Reviewed by: James Hewish