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Mouse in the house
Hassett, John.
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Boston [Mass.] : Houghton Mifflin, [2004]

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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 22 x 27 cm
When Nana Quimby is upset by the mouse in the house, Father gets an owl, which also upsets Nana, so Mother gets a dog ... until the family ends up with an elephant in the house.
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"Walter Lorraine books."
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Accelerated Reader AR LG 2.7 0.5 77597.
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Eeek! A mouse! I cannot have a mouse in the house!" cries Nana Quimby, sending the family on a frantic adventure as they try to rid themselves of first the mouse, then its troublesome successors. From an owl to an elephant, the Quimby family pets devour shoes, steal lunch, quarrel with skunks, uproot trees, and soon convince Nana that there are worse things to have than a mouse in the house.
With a text that's great for reading aloud and zany illustrations full of hilarious details to discover, this latest book from the Hassetts is lighthearted, fun, wildly imaginative, and sure to delight.

Author Notes

John and Ann Hassett have been collaborating on picture books for more than ten years. Their books are known for their quirky humor and lively illustrations. The Hassetts live and work in Maine, where their 'commute to work is short (upstairs, and first door on the right).' John and Ann Hassett have collaborated on many heartwarming picture books for children. They live in Waldoboro, Maine, with two small girls, chickens, and a dog, as well as mice in the walls.

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Booklist Review

PreS-Gr. 2 Nana Quimby, last seen in Cat up a Tree (1999), finds herself in a somewhat similar situation here. Instead of rescuing an accumulation of cats, however, she has to deal with an array of animals invited into her house, one by one, to do a job. When Nana, who cannot have a mouse in the house, sees one, she calls her son, who orders an owl from the pet shop. The owl runs the mouse off and gets a bowl of onions for its trouble. But Nana cannot have an owl in the house, so her daughter-in-law orders a dog who makes the owl fly away, and then gets a jelly donut for a job well done. So it goes, with the hilarity including an alligator, a lion, and an elephant, who is eventually scared off by a mouse. The conceit is clever, despite its resemblance to that of the previous book, and the Hassetts do everything up with style. The text gives each animal a reason to be booted (the alligator insists on having its tummy rubbed), and the pictures reveal the action with high spirits as well as just a touch of the macabre (the family has a slightly ghoulish look, and the tiger has to leave because he thinks Nana looks like lunch). In fact, it's the zany art that's the most delicious part of this, with every page providing lots to see from various perspectives, often focusing on the absurd. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Shortly after the Quimby family moves into a cobwebby old house, Nana Quimby must leap onto her unsteady pink rocker to avoid a four-footed interloper. " `Eeek-a mouse!' cried Nana Quimby. `I cannot have a mouse in the house!' " To remedy the situation, Father Quimby buys an owl from the pet shop, and "the mouse ran away to a cheese factory. Father gave the owl a bowl of onions for a job well done." Unfortunately, Nana hates owls ("I cannot have an owl in the house!"), so Mother Quimby gets a dog to scare the owl into the woods, and rewards the dog with a jelly donut. Predictably, Nana dislikes the dog, and further disapproves of the series of animals-from an alligator to a tiger to an elephant-that follow. The tale comes full circle when the Quimbys use a certain rodent to get rid of the elephant, and a flustered Nana heads off to Florida, where she relaxes among hummingbirds in a sultry tropical garden. The Hassetts (Three Silly Girls Grubb) favor a folk-art style for their middle-distance paintings. Their cool colors include the lavender of Nana's polka-dot dress, the sage green of the kitchen table, the pale pink of a linoleum floor and the milky blue of the enameled refrigerator. While the palette may not be to every taste, the Hassetts nicely handle the escalating tension. They show the Quimbys rewarding each animal "for a job well done," then follow up with Nana's inevitable howls of protest. In this cyclical sequence, the Hassetts raise the stakes with every spread. Ages 4-8. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 3-Another story about the zany grandmother who appeared in Cat up a Tree (Houghton, 1998). After Nana Quimby's family moves into a messy old home, a rodent runs across the kitchen floor, and the woman declares, "I cannot have a mouse in the house." She wakes up Father, who calls the pet shop and requests an owl to scare away the rodent. In rapid succession, each family member orders a new animal to get rid of the previous creature that has become problematic. Nana Quimby quickly finds out that a dog, an alligator, a tiger, and an elephant are not suitable pets. At last, she calls the pet store and orders a mouse to frighten the elephant, which runs away to a peanut farm. She gives the mouse some cheese for a job well done and then runs away to live with her cousin in Florida. Featuring characters with perfectly round heads and hair that sticks straight up, the lighthearted illustrations increase the silliness and enjoyment of the story. Packed with amusing details, they show the antics of each creature as well as Nana Quimby's humorous reactions. A fun choice for sharing aloud.-Linda Staskus, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Parma, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.