This House Needs A Mouse is a new book written by C. Jeffrey Nunnally and illustrated by Tamara Z. Brink. Malone and I were sent a copy to review. All opinions are our own. There are affiliate links in this post.
Book summery: This House Needs A Mouse is a tale of an extraordinary mouse who wants a life outside of his cage. He is adopted at the pet store by a family who needs has a crumb dropping baby. He spends his nights tidying up after the family. When his family moves away, a new family moves in and doesn’t appreciate that their house came with a mouse! The new family doesn’t see how helpful the mouse is and instead sees him as a pesky rodent. They try everything to get rid of him, including getting a cat and setting traps. Eventually, it dawns on them that the mouse is tidying up after them and everyone lives happily ever after.
This book is so funny! Every time my mom reads it, I can’t stop laughing. I like to look at this book at night while I am falling asleep. I am learning to read and I like to sound out the words to read it by myself.
This House Needs A Mouse is an extraordinary book. I enjoy this book as much or perhaps even more than Malone does. Malone is five and the vocabulary in this book has some room to grow with him. It is very clear to see that C. Jeffrey Nunnally is a word lover and the book has a really nice rhythm to it for reading aloud.
From the book, quoted with permission from the author ‘At night, with the house sleeping and the family at rest, this little scurrier would scuttle and skit around the house traversing traps. His passion and keen senses kept him safe from each and every snare. Courageously, he continued his quest to be a crumb-finder extraordinaire.’
The story of This House Needs A Mouse lends itself nicely to follow up questions and gave us opportunity to reinforce why it is important to clean up after ourselves since we do not have a house mouse to tidy up for us. I’d recommend this book for children ages 3-8 although children, although children older than 8 would certainly enjoy it too.
Our house could use a crumb sweeping mouse! How about yours? Who in your life would you share this book with?