House Mouse

It’s recess! When a clever and resourceful mouse looks for a safe place to settle down, she learns that home is wherever you make it. A story about friendship, hospitality, and building.

On a chilly morning, a mouse finds something remarkable: a warm and welcoming fire. So, she builds a stove to mark the spot. When a fox chases the mouse but suddenly stops, she builds a floor on the patch of ground where she is protected. Soon, it seems as though the mouse has everything she needs for a house. But there’s one thing missing: friends!

House Mouse is a deceptively simple story about hard work, creativity, and sharing from a master of layered, yet accessible picture books. Michael Hall’s signature bright, bold mixed-media artwork will catch the eye of the youngest readers, as will the busy mouse’s tool collection and construction work.

House Mouse is playful and surprising and shares a powerful message about friendship, empathy, and hospitality.

Greenwillow Books, 2021, 40 pages, hardcover 978-0-06286-619-6

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selected reviews

Kirkus Reviews

“It begins with a house, or perhaps with a warm, welcoming flame, or perhaps with the intrepid journey of a mouse who travels over a hill, across a river, and into an asparagus patch to find a home. … Gentle, straightforward text and onomatopoeia recount the mouse’s efforts to envision what could be before it is there … A thoughtful tale for engineers young and old.”

Publishers Weekly

“When a mouse discovers a ‘warm and welcoming’ flame in an asparagus patch one cold day, she makes the first in a series of life-changing decisions. … The construction theme is a natural for Hall, who builds his images from simple, bright-colored shapes … As readers appreciate Hall’s graphic inventiveness, they can also ponder how much comfort and company a hearth can provide.”