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Title:
The mouse that snored
Author:
Waber, Bernard.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
Boston : Houghton Mifflin, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 23 x 28 cm
Summary:
A loudly snoring mouse disturbs the residents of a quiet country house.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
AD 320 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.2 0.5 44055.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.9 2 Quiz: 22186 Guided reading level: M.
ISBN:
9780395975183
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

When a wandering homeless mouse finds his way into this quiet family's house, the quiet is disturbed. No one seems to know who is causing such a ruckus until they rush to the kitchen and discover the tiny culprit! Endearing characters, playful rhyming text, and delightful artwork all add up to a hilarious story of one noisy mouse and the quiet friends who take him in. This playful spoof will have readers whispering one minute and yelling out loud the next!


Author Notes

Bernard Waber was born in 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and educated at the University of Pennsylvania. He also studied art at the Philadelphia College of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. He wrote and illustrated numerous children's books including The House on East 88th Street, Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile, Lyle at Christmas, Ira Sleeps Over, and Ira Says Goodbye. He died on May 16, 2013.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Ages 4^-8. Using characteristically humorous pictures and a delightful, rhyming text, Waber creates a world-weary mouse with a snore that moves furniture, to demonstrate that empathy and acceptance are essential tools for getting along. The mouse, homeless, cold and wet, unwittingly invades the house of a man and a woman, and their cat and parrot, who are so averse to noise that they would not "dare eat noisy food like crunchy celery, munchy radishes, or a snappy carrot--not even the parrot." What follows is a funny account of how the snorrific mouse manages to find a place in the quiet house, despite the seemingly irreconcilable difference between parties. Astute children may see the end coming ahead of time, but they probably won't mind because getting there is such fun. --Tim Arnold


Publisher's Weekly Review

In Waber's (Did You See a Mouse?) latest tale starring a feisty rodent, the title character takes up residence in a house whose occupantsÄa couple and their cat and parrotÄare extraordinarily quiet. They rarely speak and never indulge in "noisy food" such as carrots or celery; "They ate instead,/ stewed tomatoes,/ mashed potatoes,/ and puddings made of bread." The household gets quite a shock one stormy night, when the mouse steals inside, helps himself to a snack, falls asleep and begins to snoreÄloudly. "His snores were roars/ with whistling encores./ And each snore was louder/ than the snore before." The cacophony sets off a comical chain of events (pots and pans rattle, light fixtures tremble) and the residents awaken. Winning them over with his tale of woe, the mouse receives an invitation to stay, as well as lessons in being quiet, except while sleeping. The story has an inventive premise, yet the verse occasionally suffers from a faltering rhythm and rhyme scheme (e.g., "The quiet man's wife/ padded about in slippers./ She never made the faintest sound/ not even while zipping zippers"). More consistently entertaining are Waber's whimsically arranged pictures, which feature a diverse palette in pastel and vivid hues. His diverting images of this whiskered hero will surely endear the diminutive fellow to young readers. Ages 4-8. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 2-The joke is in the title of this simple tall tale. A quiet couple (no crunchy foods served; the wife goes about in slippers) and their quiet cat and parrot (the bird's refrain is "Hush! Be still") are awakened one rainy night by a mouse that has taken refuge in their tranquil abode-and whose gargantuan snores shake up the peaceful hush. No one in the household is unsympathetic to his plight, however, and he is kindly welcomed as a guest. He quickly adapts to their quiet daytime habits and (because, of course, he still snores), his hosts wear earplugs to bed. The rhyming text fits the tale well. Waber's drawings convey an amazing amount of lively expression in a few lines, and the droll looks on the mouse are very funny. However, the use of a subdued, shadowy palette for the nighttime setting and the muted sounds of the household weighs down what is really a light story. Overall, a modestly pleasing read-aloud.- Kathie Meizner, Montgomery County Public Libraries, Chevy Chase, MD (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Excerpts

Excerpts

"Pots and pans rattled and rumbled. A freshly baked cake immediately crumbled." Excerpted from The Mouse That Snored by Bernard Waber All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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