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Title:
Library mouse
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ISBN:
9780810993464

9780545154369

9780545109604

9780329712488
Publication Information:
New York : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2007.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Series title(s):
Number in series:
[bk. 1]
Summary:
Sam, a shy but creative mouse who lives in a library, decides to write and illustrate his own stories which he places on the shelves with the other library books but when children find the tales, they all want to meet the author.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader LG 4.4 .5.

Reading Counts K-2 4.7 2.

Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.4 0.5 115344.
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A small creature offers his big voice for aspiring authors everywhereEvery child can be a writer--and Library Mouse shows them how!Beloved children's books author and illustrator Daniel Kirk wonderfully brings to life the story of Sam, a library mouse. Sam's home was in a little hole in the wall in the children's reference books section, and he thought that life was very good indeed. For Sam loved to read. He read picture books and chapter books, biographies and poetry, and ghost stories and mysteries. Sam read so much that finally one day he decided to write books himself!Sam shared his books with other library visitors by placing them on a bookshelf at night. Until there came the time that people wanted to meet this talented author. Whatever was Sam to do?The joy of reading, writing, and sharing is brought to life in this warmhearted tale.F&P level: L F&P genre: F


Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 4-When Sam, the Library Mouse, and his good friend Sarah discover that their beloved library is going to be renovated, they quickly realize that they must find a temporary place to live. Luckily, Sam, who knows all about doing research, finds a book with different types of homes from around the world, and together he and Sarah build all sorts of houses from an igloo to a castle to a geodesic dome to see where they'd like to live. They can't agree on the best kind of abode, though, until Sarah finds an old atlas in a corner and props it open to make an A-frame house. Of course, Sam feels right at home in a library book house! The CD is skillfully narrated by Chris Sorensen, who adds just the right amount of inflection to his voice, making this an enjoyable read-along. Two read-along versions, one with sound effects for page turns and one without, are included. In the accompanying book (Abrams, 2007), vibrant watercolor illustrations complement the text. Additional pages include photos of the real house styles discussed in the text along with a brief informational paragraph about each. A helpful glossary of vocabulary used throughout the story is included as well. This is a great story that may inspire children to do a little research of their own while exploring their own library. Recommended for public library collections.-Amy Joslyn, Fairport Public Library, NY (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Kirkus Review

A writing rodent inspires young library patrons. Sam the mouse has a cozy home behind a wall in the children's reference section, and every night he sneaks outside to read, feeling that the library belongs to him. His head full of information, he decides it's time to write a book of his own. Squeak!, his memoir, becomes an instant success when it's found stuck in a shelf by a young student. Sam follows up his debut with The Lonely Cheese and The Mystery of Mouse Mansion. Mrs. Forrester, the head librarian, leaves Sam a letter suggesting a "Meet the Author Day." Industrious Sam (who sharpens pencils with his teeth) turns this into a writer's workshop, with all the attendees turning out books of their own. Though the substantial text skews to older readership, the earth tones in Kirk's gouache illustrations lend warmth to his tale, which should encourage young would-be writers. (Picture book. 4-8) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.


Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Put a mouse in a library and you have a sure seller; make the mouse a writer and you have a sure-fire hit. Sam lives in a hole in the wall behind the children's reference books. During the day he sleeps, but at night he reads all kinds of books. One night Sam decides to write and illustrate his own. He writes about himself, and he draws his likeness, posing in a little mirror and sketching what he saw. He slips Squeak! A Mouse's Life into the biography section. A girl finds it and shows it to the librarian, who is intrigued. Then Sam writes more: The Lonely Cheese and The Mystery of Mouse Mansion. Increasingly curious, the librarian posts a note on the bulletin board, inviting Sam to Meet the Author Day. What is Sam to do? His delightfully unexpected solution will inspire kids to write their own stories. In a rainbow of colors, the art, which features a slightly flattened perspective, ranges from small oval pictures of Sam busily sharpening pencils with his teeth to full-page views of the busy library. One great picture shows Sam's face filling the page, dark eyes alight and white whiskers bristling. It's a show-stopper. This is ready-made to introduce a classroom writing activity, though some of the pictures are too small to be appreciated in a large-group readaloud. Even so, this is fun, fun, fun.--Cummins, Julie Copyright 2007 Booklist