HOW TO CATCH A MOUSE by Philippa Leathers


Age Range: 2 - 6
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Ginger kitten Clemmie keeps her house mouse-free…or does she?

Smiling Clemmie is certain she is a brave and fearsome hunter of mice. She can stalk; she can chase; she can be patient and alert. She knows a mouse has a pink tail, whiskery nose and two round ears. She’s sure all mice are afraid of her. She thinks she sees a mouse’s tail. She stalks and attacks. It’s only a hat string. Of course! There are no mice in her house. The round ears under the bed? A teddy bear. That whiskery nose on the bathroom counter? A spider’s legs. But when she settles down for a nap, sounds draw her to the kitchen, where something strange is nibbling cookies. Under the sock on its head: round ears. Behind the fake nose: whiskers. Under the blue fluffy pom-pom: a pink tail! It’s a mouse, and it gets away…but it’s given Clemmie an idea that just might help her catch it! British author-illustrator Leathers’ overconfident kitten will easily win hearts. Storytimers and lap-sit listeners will enjoy spotting the sneaky, smart mouse, who’s always just ahead of the appealing feline heroine, disguising each physical feature as the kitten chases the look-alike.

Clemmie in a trench coat, using what she’s learned, is worth the price of admission alone. (Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: April 28th, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-7636-6912-6
Page count: 40pp
Publisher: Candlewick
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2015


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