HAUNTED HOUSE, HAUNTED MOUSE by Judy Cox

HAUNTED HOUSE, HAUNTED MOUSE

From the "A Mouse Adventure" series, volume 3
by , illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

Those charmed by Mouse’s previous adventures in One is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale (2009) and Cinco de Mouse-O! (2010) should prepare for gasps and giggles as he struggles through a series of (somewhat) unfortunate events.

After peeking from his “hidey-hole,” Mouse ventures out to make the most of a trick-or-treater’s dropped bag. He crawls into it, finding “more candy than Mouse had ever seen”—but he is whisked off while still inside. After being carried, swinging and swaying, around the neighborhood, the sack is dropped again, and disoriented Mouse finds himself caught in a serious downpour. Seeking shelter, he scampers into an abandoned house. Is it haunted? No, but he is lost, far from his home. In a sweet turn, candy literally saves the night. Mouse spies “a cherry lollipop shining in the moonlight,” one of many pieces of Halloween loot that make a trail he can follow all the way home. Cox keeps readers turning pages with fast-paced action in her descriptive text. Ebbeler contributes plenty for the eye to feast upon in his bountiful acrylic-on-paper scenes. Readers will delight in the cast of costumed characters populating the pages and get a true feel for Mouse’s perspective in both exciting and slightly dire situations.

Consider this a Halloween treat for children ready for longer, more visually complex picture-book fare. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8234-2315-6
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Holiday House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2011




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