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A surprise for Tiny Mouse
First U.S. edition.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2015.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 18 cm.
Series title(s):
General Note:
At head of title: Turn the wheel.

Includes a turning wheel that illustrates a rainbow.
Although Tiny Mouse enjoys almost all types of weather, she does not like the rain.
Reading Level:
Ages 0-3.


Call Number

On Order



Follow Tiny Mouse through all kinds of weather in a delightful, interactive concept book by award-winning author-illustrator Petr Horacek.

Tiny Mouse loves nibbling corn in the sunshine. She loves the crackle of the leaves in the wind. She even loves the snowflakes when they tickle her nose. But when the rain starts to fall, Tiny Mouse runs for her hole. What will make her come out? Toddlers will love turning the wheel to discover the answer--a beautiful rainbow. A cheerful board book about different kinds of weather makes the perfect pick for rainy-day story time.

Author Notes

Petr Horacek grew up in Prague, where he trained at the Academy of Fine Arts before becoming a graphic designer, illustrator, and painter. Inspired by his two daughters, he has created numerous books for children, including Animal Opposites, Silly Suzy Goose, and Strawberries Are Red. He lives in England.

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

Baby/Toddler-Through richly textured, collage mixed-media illustrations and short, simple sentences, pre-readers meet Tiny Mouse, who loves nibbling wheat in the sunshine. Children learn about the other things Tiny Mouse enjoys, such as watching the crackly leaves blow. Carefully placed die cuts that offer a glimpse into the next spread make for an effective transition between pages. A surprise awaits Tiny Mouse (and readers) when she emerges from her hiding place after some splashy rain: a rainbow on a wheel, which children can turn, making the rainbow appear and disappear. A winning addition to all board book collections. © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publisher's Weekly Review

Die-cut pages and an interactive turn-wheel enliven the quietly evocative story of a gray mouse. Summer becomes autumn becomes winter as the pages flip, and Tiny Mouse makes the most of each season: "Tiny Mouse loves nibbling wheat in the sunshine. She likes to watch the crackly leaves blow in the wind." When spring rain showers arrive, Tiny Mouse dives through a round die-cut hole, and the final spread shows her peeking out from her grassy burrow; turning a wheel embedded in the back cover allows readers to make a rainbow emerge as the sun returns. It's a simple, direct, and pleasing through-the-seasons adventure. Up to age 3. (Sept.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Kirkus Review

Tiny Mouse likes all kinds of weather, except for "splashy rain." "Tiny Mouse loves nibbling wheat in the sunshine," and she also enjoys watching the wind-blown leaves. "She likes the crunchy frost on a cold night" and the snowflakes that land on her nose. The delightful mixed-media illustrations are further enhanced by a variety of die-cuts throughout that will have babies wanting to touch. On the first two-page spread, the upper right corner follows the contours of Tiny Mouse, and on the verso, these are the contours of the dried leaves. As Tiny Mouse crunches on the frost on a cold night, a die-cut circle outlines an equally frosty-looking moon, which becomes snow on the next page. But when the weather turns wet, Tiny Mouse is encouraged to run into her hole and hide, and the hole is right there waiting for her. The real surprise in the book comes at the end, when Tiny Mouse's nose peeks out of her hole to find the sun has come out and made a "lovely rainbow." The rainbow is an embedded wheel sturdy enough to last through many a spin. The baby-friendly text is rich in vocabulary: "nibbling," "crackly," "crunchy," "tickle," "splashy," lovely"all words that babies will easily understand by the context. Tiny Mouse and her small adventure are a most welcome addition to the board-book shelf. (Board book. 6 mos.-3) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Horácek's latest board book is a short, sweet treat for the senses. Consisting of six double-page spreads, the story follows the ever-smiling Tiny Mouse as she enjoys the natural world in the sunshine, at night, and during a snowfall. The scenes are simple but vibrant as she delights in leaves and snowflakes. Also included are effective cutouts: one way, a round hole becomes the moon; the other way, the sun. The final spread reveals the titular surprise: a rainbow for Tiny Mouse to admire. With Horácek's rotating wheel, young children can work on their turning skills to make the rainbow disappear and reappear.--Nolan, Abby Copyright 2015 Booklist