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Red house, tree house, little bitty brown mouse
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
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In this rhyming story, a young mouse makes her way around the world, introducing colors.


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A bit Each Peach Pear Plum , a bit Go, Dog, Go! , this read-aloud joy is deceptively simple yet packed with delights for the very young--a preschool standout deserving of modern-classic status.

A little mouse makes her way around the world, and invites preschoolers along as she sets out: Red house / Blue house / Green house / Tree house! / See the tiny mouse in her little brown house? Seamless, simple, and inspiring, the rhyming story abounds in concepts for the very young, with a particular focus on colors, and a delightful search-and-find element on every spread--the intrepid mouse herself!

* "Wonderful...Delightful" -- Kirkus (starred review)
* "Excellent...Perfectly aimed at the very youngest" --The Horn Book (starred review)
"Appealing...Calls for engagement on multiple levels" -- PW
"Fun...offers multiple opportunities for reader interaction" -- SLJ

Author Notes

Jane Godwin is the highly acclaimed, award-winning Australian author of more than twenty-five books for young people, and her work is published all over the world. Jane loves creating picture books and sees their possibilities as endless. She often works in Australian schools and the community, running various literature and writing programs, making books, and encouraging students in their own creative ventures.

Blanca Gómez i s an illustrator and designer who started creating illustrations for her mother when she was just a kid. Now her art can be seen around the world. Blanca's clean, colorful images, filled with playful elegance, are on display at her Etsy shop and in her picture books Besos for Baby , City Moon , and One Family . Blanca lives in Madrid, Spain.

Reviews 4

School Library Journal Review

Toddler-PreS--On the title page, a little mouse packs her suitcase and then she's off! She travels around the world through busy, colorful spreads until she arrives--back home! The text offers multiple opportunities for reader interaction: counting, identifying colors, answering questions, and of course, finding the mouse on every page. The majority of the rhyming lines scan well. If a few feel a bit short, young readers will most likely not notice--they will be too busy scanning the illustrations, naming objects, and looking for the little mouse. Once the book has been read a few times and the mouse found, flip to the end pages for a new game. Match the patches on the endpapers with the related story images throughout the book. VERDICT A fun concept book for the very young with a seek-and-find element for slightly older, more savvy readers.--Kelly Roth, Bartow County Public Library, Cartersville, GA

Publisher's Weekly Review

As a "little bitty" suitcase-toting mouse goes on a journey, the reader tags along, engaging in a rhythmic, interactive story. The book calls for engagement on multiple levels: conveying basic concepts of color and counting ("Can you count the petals/ in the garden bed?), building language skills in the rhymes, and playing seek-and-find for the mouse on each spread. Even the travel patch--dotted endpapers spark activity: a note tells readers that they can "match the picture in each patch to its related image in the story." Zoomy verse paces the journey and often directs questions at the reader ("Pink shoes/ blue shoes/ green shoes/ red./ Shoes go on your feet./ What goes on your head?"). Gómez's sunny and delicate spreads are the star of the show, encouraging readers to pause on elements such as characters in city windows and bric-a-brac in mouse's tree house. An appealing, educational mix of stop and go. Ages 3--5. (Aug.)

Horn Book Review

"Red house / Blue house / Green house / Tree house! / See the tiny mouse / in her little brown house?" A small mouse packs her even smaller suitcase and embarks on a journey-on bikes and trains and buses; up in the air and under the sea; through garden beds and city streets; and finally home again. Double-page spreads, packed with detail and action and color, follow her on her travels; the scenes are seemingly unrelated, but all include, somewhere on the page, the little mouse (and her suitcase!) for viewers to find. The text is jaunty and interactive: "Ice cream / that's smooth / And ice cream / that's spotted. / Would you like the white one / or the one that's dotted?" This spread-depicting a girl holding one plain-vanilla cone and another with sprinkles-is one of the few containing minimal detail and in which the mouse is easy to find. In most of the illustrations, there's so much else to look at and the mouse is so tiny that readers might forget to look for her. Fortunately, the book concludes with "Colors on a / sunny street- / what's your favorite house? / Is it red or blue or green... / and did you spot that mouse?" Anyone who lost track can then turn back to the beginning and-very happily-start all over again. A cheerful there-and-back-again adventure-that's also an excellent color-concept book-perfectly aimed at the very youngest. Martha V. Parravano November/December 2019 p.68(c) Copyright 2019. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Review

Preschoolers can follow a little brown mouse on its traveling adventures in this engaging color concept book.As the book starts, a little mouse can be seen packing up her equally itty-bitty suitcase. Rhyming text with a wonderful read-aloud rhythm introduces readers to the little mouse's street: "Red house / Blue house / Green house / Tree house! / See the tiny mouse / in her little brown house?" Clean-lined, colorful illustrations in Gmez's signature style lead readers along: into a flower-filled garden; on a ride on a red city bus; in a potted windowsill plant attended by a child; on the curb where a group of people wait to cross a street; in an underwater scene with "one gigantic whale!"; and on a jolly ride that employs a string of vehicles. The little mouse is not mentioned again, making it easy for readers to forget it as they get caught up in the myriad delightful details of each illustration. No problem there. The book ends with "and did you spot that mouse?" This should send children back to the beginning, this time in earnest search of the little mouse and her itty-bitty suitcase. Should children need further enticement to read the book again, travel patches on the endpapers invite readers to match them to the relevant part in the story. The people depicted are diverse both racially as well as in physical ability.Delightful and engaging. (Picture book. 3-5) Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.