Cover image for Horace and Morris but mostly Dolores
Horace and Morris but mostly Dolores
Howe, James, 1946-
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Three mice friends learn that the best clubs include everyone.
Reading Level:
AD 410 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.6 0.5 29550.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.1 1 Quiz: 18799 Guided reading level: N.
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Horace, Morris, and Dolores do everything together and know that they will be Friends Forever...until one day, when Horace and Morris become part of an exclusive boys' club and Dolores finds herself left out. Soon, she, too, finds her own club, where no boys are allowed and girls are supposed to have fun doing girl stuff. But after a while, Horace and Morris and Dolores realize they aren't happy at all doing what everyone in their clubs seems to enjoy. They miss each other. Is it too late to be friends again?
Join these three charming mouse friends as they learn to do what they like, rather than what others say they should like.

Author Notes

James Howe was born in Oneida, New York on August 2, 1946. He attended Boston University and majored in theater. Before becoming a full-time author, he worked as a literary agent. His first book, Bunnicula, was published in 1979. It won several awards including the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award and the Nene Award. He is the author of more than 90 books for young readers including the Bunnicula series, the Bunnicula and Friends series, the Tales from the House of Bunnicula series, Pinky and Rex series, and the Sebastian Barth Mystery series. His other works include The Hospital Book , A Night Without Stars, Dew Drop Dead, The Watcher, The Misfits, Totally Joe, Addie on the Inside, and Also Known As Elvis.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 4

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. Horace, Morris, and Dolores are three mice children, best friends, and intrepid adventurers. But one day, Horace and Morris make a decision: "A boy mouse must do what a boy mouse must do." And Horace and Morris join a club that doesn't allow girls. Left on her own, Dolores joins the Cheese Puffs club for girls but quickly tires of discussion groups such as "How to Catch a Fellow Using Mozzarella." Finally fed up, Dolores, joined by another girl, Chloris, heads over to the Mega-mice clubhouse, where Horace and Morris, and another bored boy mouse, Boris, heed Dolores' clarion call to join them for a day of exploration. The promotion of intergender friendship won't be lost on young listeners, but it's presented in a package so appealing and lighthearted that there's never a sense of the book's being messagey. Certainly, the acrylic-and-collage art from first-time picture-book illustrator Walrod is fresh and funny, with so many humorous asides and delectable details that kids won't be tired of it, even after lots of readings. A spirited tribute to friendship and individuality. --Ilene Cooper

Publisher's Weekly Review

"Walrod makes a showstopping debut with her visual accompaniment to Howe's lighthearted prose. Together they invent an enchanting mouse trio that pokes fun at the way gender roles needlessly impose limits and derail friendships," said PW in our Best Books citation. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-The friendship of three mice is put to the test when Horace and Morris join a boys-only club, and Dolores must hatch a plan that transcends gender boundaries. A jaunty tale, complete with comical collage art. (Mar.) (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3-While this picture book has a decidedly hip, quirky look, Howe's sensitivity and sensibility are clearly in evidence. It's an entertaining story about how a group of children (who happen to be mice) find a way to have fun together, in spite of peer pressure. Although they enjoy shared adventures, a trio breaks up when Horace and Morris decide "A boy mouse must do what a boy mouse must do" and join a boys-only club. Dolores soon finds a club for girls, but the friends miss playing together. When Dolores becomes bored by the (literally) cheesy projects the girls choose, she rebels. She invites the boys to join her exploring and they eagerly accompany her. Inventive acrylics feature funky collages and unusual perspectives. The diagrams for a mousetrap ("How To Get A Fella Using Mozzarella") are truly hilarious. Cool rodent cave art and entertaining snapshots of the fearless friends round out Walrod's amusing interpretation of the text. Make room on your shelves for Dolores and her pals.-Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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