Synopses & Reviews
Beatrix Potter meets I Spy
in this detailed and charming storybook adventure
Best friends Julia and Sam are mice who live in the Mouse Mansion. When theyre together they find all sorts of adventuresand all kinds of trouble!
Come with them as they discover a secret hiding place, greet the ragman, and learn to make pancakes. There is a shop that sells everything and a box full of treasure. Andoh no!there might even be a rat! The Mouse Mansion is always full of surprises.
Author and artist Karina Schaapman spent years building and furnishing the Mouse Mansion in which this collection of stories takes place. The elaborate dollhouse is made of cardboard boxes and papier-mâché and contains more than one hundred rooms to explore.
* "Schaapman's ingenious miniature interiors are certain to captivate all ages." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review
Seven mouse boys lie awake one night.... . . And they ask their Papa to tell them a story. Papa does better than that -- he tells them seven stories, one for each boy.
Papa Mouse has a funny, exciting bedtime story for each of his seven mouse boys. "Will evoke chuckles of glee from preschool listeners and beginning readers".--Booklist. Three-color illustrations.
When Papa's seven little mouse boys ask for a bedtime story, Papa does even better than that—he tells seven stories, one for each boy!
About the Author
During his distinguished career Arnold Lobel wrote and/or illustrated over 70 books for children. To his illustrating credit, he had a Caldecott Medal book -- Fables
(1981) -- and two Caldecott Honor Books-his own Frog and Toad are Friends
(1971) and Hildilid's Night
by Cheli Duran Ryan (1972). To his writing credit, he had a Newbery Honor Book -- Frog and Toad Together
(1973). But to his greatest credit, he had a following of literally millions of young children with whom he shared the warmth and humor of his unpretentious vision of life.
Though he was a born storyteller -- he began making up stories extemporaneously to entertain his fellow second-graders in Schenectady, New York, where he grew up in the care of his grandparents. Mr. Lobel called himself a "lucky amateur" in terms of his writing. Viewing himself as a professionally trained illustrator (he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute), he said, "I know how to draw pictures. With writing, I don't really know what I'm doing. It's very intuitive."
In addition to the Frog and Toad books, Owl at Home, Mouse Tales, The Book of Pigericks, and many other popular books he created, Mr. Lobel also illustrated other writers' texts that captured his fancy. He viewed this as "something different and challenging." Often his illustrations for those books showed a different aspect of his personality and his artistic expertise, ranging from his meticulous dinosaurs in Dinosaur Time by Peggy Parish to his chilling pen-and-ink drawings in Nightmares: Poems to Trouble Your Sleep by Jack Prelutsky, about which Booklist wrote, "Young readers will be amazed that the gentle Lobel of Frog and Toad fame can be so comfortably diabolic."
In 1977 Mr. Lobel and his wife, Anita, a distinguished children's book author and artist in her own right, collaborated on their first book, How the Rooster Saved the Day, chosen by School Library Journal as one of the Best Books of the Year, 1977. They then collaborated on three more books, A Treeful of Pigs, a 1979 ALA Notable Book; On Market Street, a 1982 Caldecott Honor Book; and The Rose in My Garden, a 1984 Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Book.
Arnold Lobel died in 1987.
Table of Contents
The wishing well -- Clouds -- Very tall mouse and very short mouse -- The mouse and the winds -- The journey -- The old mouse -- The bath.