The Storm (Lighthouse Family series)


The Storm (Lighthouse Family series)

by Cynthia Rylant

illustrated by Preston McDaniels

Age: 4+ (read to); 6+ (independent reading)

Interests: animals, cats, dogs, mice, ocean, boats, weather More


The Tale of Despereaux (2008)


The Tale of Despereaux

released: 2008

rated: G

length: 93 min.

age: 6+

interests: mice, rats, castles, princesses, cooking, updated fairy tales, adventure

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The Tale of Despereaux



The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread

by Kate diCamillo

Age: 7+

Interests: mice, castles, princesses, rats, soup, cooking





text and illustrations by Mélanie Watt

Age: 5+ (but older kids will find it funny too – 7,8)

Interests: cats, mice, artists, telling stories, bad behaviour, humour


Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears

little mouse


Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears

by Emily Gravett

Age: 5+

Interests: mice, fears, phobias


The Lion and the Mouse


The Lion and the Mouse

by Jerry Pinkney

Little, Brown and Company, 2009

34 pp.

Age: 2+

Interests: mice, lions, animals, Africa, fables, wordless books

Also by this author: Little Red Hen, John Henry, Aesop’s Fables, Noah’s Ark

Next: a full collection of Aesop’s Fables


Once a Mouse…


Once a Mouse…

subtitle: A Fable Cut in Wood

by Marcia Brown

Simon & Schuster, 1961

30 pp.

Age: 4 +

Interests: mice, animals, folktales, India, magic, art, philosophy

Also by this author: Stone Soup, Cinderella or the Little Glass Slipper




by Leo Lionni

New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1967

28 pp.

Age: 3+

Interests: mice, poetry, the artist’s life

Also by this author: Swimmy, Inch by Inch, Alexander and the Wind-up Mouse


Top 10: Eeek! A Mouse!






Is there any storybook creature who can win our sympathy quicker than the humble mouse? This wee beastie, less objectionable than a rat and more cuddly than an insect, appears in countless stories as a stand-in for the weak and powerless. When a little mouse triumphs over overwhelming adversity, we all cheer.

And yet… the sympathy does not extend to real life, does it? I remember a time many years ago when my days were occupied with writing charming adventures for adorable mice, and my nights were dedicated to exterminating the rather less adorable mice that were running amok in my apartment.

Ah well… let’s just focus on those more charming, storybook rodents for the moment, shall we?

Here are 10 books featuring mice…


1. Frederick, by Leo Lionni

An artist mouse brings sunshine to his brethren during the long, cold winter.

2. The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson

Wee mousie outwits many predators, including a ferocious Gruffalo.

3. Amos & Boris, by William Steig

The story of an unusual friendship between a whale and a mouse.

4. Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears, by Emily Gravett

Little Mouse is afraid of everything. A child’s primer on phobias.

5. The Church Mouse, by Graham Oakley

A church mouse is friends with a peaceable cat; together they foil a thief. First book in the very popular Church Mice series.


1. The Mouse and the Motorcycle, by Beverly Cleary

A mouse befriends a boy and rides about on a toy motorcycle.

2. The School Mouse, by Dick King-Smith

A mouse living in a school decides she’d like to learn how to read too.

3. Stuart Little, by E.B. White

Stuart’s adventures and mishaps in New York City.

4. The Tale of Despereaux: Being the Story of a Mouse, a Princess, Some Soup, and a Spool of Thread, by Kate DiCamillo

The story of a mouse’s quest to rescue a human princess.

5. The Witches, by Roald Dahl

A vast witch conspiracy is undone by a very determined little mouse.

Stuart Little (1999)

Stuart Little (1999)

Rated: Rated PG for brief language

Length:  84 min.

Age: 5 and up.    Commonsense Media sez: 6 +

Scary Factor: Stuart in the washing machine as water is filling up; chased by cat several times; two major chases from alley cats in park

Intense: concept of getting mafia-like cats to rub him out (“scratch him out”); police station conversation about killing sprees and grisly crime photos; alley cats menace a lot but don’t get very close; alley cats dispatched in end by dumping them in pond (aren’t hurt, are seen climbing out and running off)

Bad Behaviour: George pushes another boy down, fists flying, etc. and doesn’t get in any trouble for it (the impression we’re left with is that it’s all right because the other boy was so unpleasant)

Language: swearing! “damn”s, “hell”; presumably included for sole purpose of winning a PG rating; also rude language, “shut up”, “moron”, “loser”, “speak to the butt”

Interests: mice, cats, New York, adoption, family

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