November 19, 2017

Subscribe to SLJ

Pick of the Day: The Tiny Mouse

Get the latest SLJ reviews every month, subscribe today and save up to 35%.

The Tiny Mouse coverIAN, Janis. The Tiny Mouse. illus. by Ingrid Schubert. 32p. w/CD. . 2013. Tr $21.95. ISBN 9781935954309.
PreS-Gr 1–Based on the first children’s song written by the Grammy-winning songwriter, this amusing and mildly macabre picture book tells of a bored mouse who decides to go to sea. Unfortunately, he discovers that the ship’s captain is a cat and quickly throws himself overboard to avoid becoming his dinner. Making it to dry land, he marries and has dozens of mouslings to whom he tells his adventurous tale, concluding with the moral: “Think before you sail…and always know what’s in the bowl before you eat!” The text has a natural cadence that lends itself to either singing or reading aloud. Full-page watercolor illustrations depict the protagonist as a dapper fellow dressed in a white vest, black morning coat, and red shoes. A scene in which he is seasick is particularly amusing as he lists from side to side, and young readers will love the captain’s bedside table, which is full of yummy mice tidbits. To maintain the rhyming scheme, the tiny mouse’s wife is referred to as a “mouseketeer,” which is a tad confusing, both for the nostalgic TV reference and because she’s dressed like a musketeer (which makes her gender less obvious), but kids won’t mind and it doesn’t detract from the enjoyment of the book. In fact, the tiny mouse becomes something of a house husband at the end, adding a charming red-and-white checked apron to his look. A CD of Ian performing “The Tiny Mouse” is included. An appealing and amusing picture-book debut from a noteworthy writer.–Teri Markson, Los Angeles Public Library

Share
A Day-Long Celebration of Fandom-Beloved Stories and Characters
Join Library Journal and School Library Journal for our inaugural LibraryCon Live! We’re excited to offer this day-long virtual festival for book nerds, librarians, and fans of graphic novels, sci-fi, and fantasy. Network online with other fans and explore our virtual exhibit hall where you’ll hear directly from publishers about their newest books and engage in live chats with featured authors. You’ll also learn from librarians and industry insiders on how to plan and host your own Comic Con-style event.