MOUSE HOUSE by Juliet Williams


An Extravagant Lift-the-Flap Hide-and-Seek Adventure
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Age Range: 4 - 7
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Seven white mice, introduced inside the front cover, have taken up residence in an old doll house in the attic, but they wander through the big house below in search of treasure and food. As the reader approaches the exploration, he or she will open the heavy, card-stock pages from bottom to top and discover wonders not only of paper engineering but of collage and photography reminiscent of Walter Wick’s work. The first spread is on an antique sewing machine and sewing box: a jewel-like display of buttons, threads, and tools. Lifting the flaps sometimes reveals only more buttons, or a shadow; other times a little mouse or a bit of cheese is underneath. A tool box, a kitchen where pastry waits to be rolled out, the toy room, the study, and a lady’s dressing table are each and all feasts for the eyes. Most of the objects are quite old: a manual typewriter and rotary phone in the study, an antique Shalimar perfume bottle on the dressing table. The tools look deliciously worn and dirty, and the toys include wooden dominoes, Russian nesting dolls, and a Slinky. And what are the mice doing? Why, stealing tiny treasures to add to their doll house home. The last spread shows how a pocket watch has become a wall clock and playing cards new bedroom rugs. Small hands will delight in opening the small flaps, tracking the mouse activity, making sure they’ve found all seven, and seeing where things end up. A handwritten letter on the study’s desk indicates that the human inhabitants of the house have noticed their visitors and as the scavengers settle down for the night it seems so has the cat. Lots of fun, but maybe not for squeamish adults. (Picture book. 4-7)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 1-929766-42-4
Page count: 16pp
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2002