Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The House That Mouse Built

      The House that Mouse Built

With the rhythm of the poem, The House That Jack Built, THE HOUSE THAT MOUSE BUILT tells the story of Mouse and his house.

Maggie Rudy created this enchanting mouse world using scraps and found objects. Each page is intricate and engrossing. Combined with her delightful story, this is a wonderful book.

There was one thing that bothered me about the story. Musetta, the mouse that Mouse marries, enters the story as a thief. She sneaks into Mouse's house and steals his cheese! She then runs away and gets stung by a bee (a very scary giant bee to a mouse!). Mouse hears her cries, rescues, comforts, and marries her. In the story he never finds out that she stole his cheese!

Overlooking Musetta's thievery, this book is absolutely adorable. And it probably was a one time event and she was starving and needed food. Or perhaps she has a 'problem' and is already in a 12-Step program. We don't know.

I am looking forward to more mouse adventures!

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