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Mice are nice
Larrick, Nancy.
Publication Information:
New York : Philomel Books, [1990]

Physical Description:
45 pages : color illustrations ; 26 cm
A collection of poems about mice by David McCord, A. A. Milne, John Ciardi, Ian Serraillier, and others.
General Note:
Includes index.
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A collection of poems about mice by David McCord, A. A. Milne, John Ciardi, Ian Serraillier, and others.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Gr. K-3, younger for reading aloud. Mice tremble and twitter, quiver and blink, dart and nibble and squeak in a lively poetry anthology illustrated with double-page spreads in shades of furry brown charcoal and pastel. A companion to Larrick and Young's Cats Are Cats [BKL D 1 88], this also has lots of cats--but from a mouse's viewpoint: baleful eyes gleaming at a mousehole, or a sleeping whiskered face, or a gigantic back leg and sweeping tail. The menace of cats--and, occasionally, of humans--in words and pictures sets off any sentimentality about sweet little mice. Milne's much loved dormouse is here ("His eyes are small / But his tail is e-nor-mouse"), so is his mouse with a "woffelly" nose. Serraillier captures the creatures' delicacy in phrases like "falling of feather" and "drift of leaf." In contrast is Kennedy's domestic mayhem: his cat would rather chase rhinoceroses, so the mice are everywhere, "In the furnace, / In the freezer, / In Aunt Edith's orange squeezer." As always, Worth's small lines are sensuous and witty: "Mice / Find places / In places." There's also a poem about a mouse ascending into space in a rocket, but the one children may love best is the two-page spread of Behn's "Friendly Mouse," boy and mouse, warm and brown and blurry together. ~--Hazel Rochman

Publisher's Weekly Review

Like the pearl-gray ears of the deer mouse which inspired this collection of poems about the pitter-pattering creatures, the illustrations here are simply exquisite. And as in Cats Are Cats , Young and Larrick's stellar previous collaboration, Young's delicate charcoal and pastel drawings are dominated by shades of brown and black. The depictions of mice seem to be infinitely varied--a mouse clings to an oar in a cloud-like sea (in John Ciardi's ``The Light-House-Keeper's White-Mouse''), another hangs from a take-out food carton by what Theodore Roethke calls its ``lizard-feet.'' A cigar box and an overturned bottle--``space enough, / Even in / Small spaces'' for a mouse, writes Valerie Worth--become in Young's hands rich studies of light and form. Although the inclusion of some poems seems redundant, even the less interesting works are given depth, humor and drama by the intensity and beauty of Young's deceptively simple drawings, in which the light of the moon and stars is almost palpable. All ages. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 3 --Plenty of cats appear throughout the pages of this companion book to Cats Are Cats (Philomel, 1988), but the world view presented here is distinctly that of the mouse. With a roster that reads like a who's who of children's poetry, Larrick has chosen 25 delightful verses that describe mice, their habits, and their houses. Always twittering, chittering, squeaking, and scampering, the diminutive whiskered scamps, whether indoors or out, are portrayed as being resourceful, gentle creatures who love to play and who have an uncanny knack for making themselves at home in the most unlikely of places. Young's rich charcoal and pastel illustrations are the earthy color of mouse fur and have a velvety softness. His mice, each a fitting subject for its poem, are naturally irresistible without being cute as they dash on and off the pages, climb in and out of containers, and perform amazing acrobatics. Their ears and eyes are ever alert to danger and their industry is captured in the energetic renderings. The poetic images and their faultless artistic interpretations make for an e-nor-mouse-ly appealing collection. --Luann Toth, School Library Journal (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.