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Mouse in love
Kraus, Robert, 1925-2001.
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Publication Information:
New York : Orchard Books, [2000]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Mouse searches high and low for his true love, only to find her right next door.
Reading Level:
BR 0 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 0.9 0.5 44651.

Reading Counts RC K-2 1.5 1 Quiz: 22265 Guided reading level: I.

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"She loves me. She loves me not. She loves me!"

Just who is the object of this little mouse's tender affections? He doesn't know her, not yet anyway. But he's seen her in his dreams, and this young mouse is determined to search for her -- whether by land, sea, or air. That fair young mouse could be anywhere. She might even be right under that little mouse's own whiskers.

Author Notes

Robert Kraus was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 21, 1925. When he was 10-years-old, he won a cartoon contest staged by the Milwaukee Journal. He received a plaque and had his cartoon printed in the paper. Two years later, the newspaper hired him to produce a weekly cartoon called Public Nuisances. By the time he was 16-years-old, he was selling cartoons to magazines like Esquire and the Saturday Evening Post. He studied at Milwaukee's Layton Art School and the Art Students' League in New York.

After selling a few cartoons to The New Yorker, he was hired by the magazine as a contract artist. He worked there for 15 years and created 21 covers. While there, he started writing and illustrating children's books. His books included All the Mice Came, Leo the Late Bloomer, and Whose Mouse Are You? He left The New Yorker in 1966 and founded Windmill Books. Within a year, the house had won a prestigious Caldecott Medal. After 20 years, he sold Windmill to Simon and Schuster. In 1983, he began a syndicated Sunday comic feature, called Zap! The Video Chap. He died of congestive heart failure on August 7, 2001 at the age of 76.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-7. Another in the author/illustrators' delightful series of books about Mouse, this title finds Mouse in love, searching for the mouse of his dreams. "Why so dreamy, little mouse? I'm in love!" he beams. The rhyming question and answer format that is so successful in other Mouse books works here as well. Mouse's grand search for his perfect love is appropriately fun and thorough. It covers a wide world of favorite childhood places. Whether on his skateboard, or in a choo-choo train, or on a carnival plane ride, or in his kayak, Mouse searches until he is "pooped" and hungry. When he arrives home for dinner, Mouse finds that the mouse of his dreams is the mouse next door. The illustrations are witty and colorful, and showing the friends together throughout the text, makes the story more special and thoughtful. --Kathy Broderick

Publisher's Weekly Review

This fetching tale of mouse romance appealingly builds on the chronicles begun in Whose Mouse Are You? As the book opens, the mouse hero is playing "she loves me, she loves me not." Then, in the format familiar to series fans, an unseen interlocutor asks, "Why so dreamy, little mouse?" "I'm in love!" he replies. As this Q&A session continues, the mouse describes how he will "search on land, sea, and air" to find the "mouse of my dreams." If the book offered nothing but these romantic flourishes, the conceit would wear thin quickly. The charm comes when Kraus throws cold water on the mouse's musings: "Aren't you tired?" he is asked. "I'm pooped!" he admits, suddenly realizing he'd better scurry home for supper. The endearingly sketchy mouse and his "mousie fair" inhabit brilliantly blended multicolor backdrops, occasionally traveling into elaborate building-block palaces or labyrinthine train tracks; despite the use of busy patterns, Aruego and Dewey maintain a look of overall simplicity. They, like Kraus, know how to pack a wide range of experience into a child-size universe. Ages 4-7. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-A dreamy mouse lounges in the grass, plucking petals from a daisy, while spouting the familiar refrain, "She loves me./She loves me not." When an unseen observer asks about the object of his affection, he admits that he's never met her, but can't forget her. He vows to "-search on land,/sea, and air/until-/I find my mousie fair." The lovesick rodent finally realizes that his true love has been there the whole time-she is the mouse next door who has accompanied him on his adventures. The simple rhyming text is enhanced by Aruego and Dewey's ink-watercolor-and-pastel illustrations that depict the round, gray Romeo with his skateboard, backpack, sneakers, and helmet as he searches the playground and a castle of blocks, then travels by train, plane, and kayak to find his sweetheart. The girl mouse sports a pink bow and holds a red balloon, making her instantly identifiable throughout. This sweetly told tale is sure to be a hit.-Holly Belli, Bergen County Cooperative Library System, West Caldwell, NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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