The Resource Mouseling's words, story by Shutta Crum ; pictures by Ryan O'Rourke

Mouseling's words, story by Shutta Crum ; pictures by Ryan O'Rourke

Label
Mouseling's words
Title
Mouseling's words
Statement of responsibility
story by Shutta Crum ; pictures by Ryan O'Rourke
Title variation
Mouselings words
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A young mouse ventures out of the family nest to find the greatest adventure of all: reading
Writing style
Illustration
Review
  • Grades K-2 This is the tale of one young mouse’s love of language and reading. Raised surrounded by scraps of text salvaged from a restaurant (“yummy,” “zest,” “noodles,” “cola”), the gender-unspecified Mouseling learned at a young age how to sound words out and, as the last sibling left in the nest, hesitated to leave the comforting letters behind. Eventually tempted by the thought “What if there were more words waiting for me to discover them?” and armed with a snack, a map, and a hat, Mouseling sets out into the world, soon discovering a library and a simpatico feline friend to read aloud with. The cartoon-style digital media art is sweet, incorporating lots of words, both everyday (milk) and more unusual (tidbit), with many accompanied by visual clues to their meaning. Other literary-related details, meanwhile, are strewn throughout the short, wide pages. This earnest and encouraging title fits on the shelf of books for book-lovers, with just a bit of cat-and-mouse drama thrown into the happy-ending narrative. -- Medlar, Andrew (Reviewed 10/15/2017) (Booklist, vol 114, number 4, p59)
  • Aesop’s “The Lion and the Mouse” gets an affectionate word lover’s makeover. The young mouse who narrates lives with his family among scraps of words taken from a restaurant’s specials menu. Eventually, Mouseling’s siblings leave home, but he clings to the comfort of his parents’ nest—until his father says, “You need to get a job.” And so Mouseling becomes a word collector, risking “heart and snout” to acquire new ones even as they bring him within range of a library cat. Crum (Uh-Oh!) has a good feel for the physicality of language: Mouseling enjoys puckering up his mouth to say “noodles,” and when he says “fur” he can “feel its softness whir in my throat.” O’Rourke (Up! Up! Up! Skyscraper) illustrates from a mouse’s perspective, creating a big, shadowy world full of adventure and potential danger for Mouseling. When the cat finally corners Mouseling it’s to show him a book (turned to Aesop’s aforementioned fable), which Mouseling happily reads aloud—a tribute to the way books can unite even the unlikeliest of friends. Ages 4–7. Author’s agent: Liza Voges, Eden Street Literary. Illustrator’s agent: Emily Mitchell, Wernick & Pratt. (Dec.) --Staff (Reviewed 10/02/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 40, p)
  • Mouseling's family lives in a nest filled with words gleaned from restaurant menus, labels, signs, and packaging.This little mouse narrator feels safe there, whispering and touching the words. When all the rest of the brood leaves to go out in the wide world, Mouseling just wants to stay, until wise Aunt Tillie tells of all the new words that might be found outside the nest. With a few supplies and a map indicating the way home and a warning about cats, Mouseling sets off on an adventure, entering a quiet building with "stacks and rows of blocky things." Young readers will gleefully know that those things are books in a library. There, Mouseling finds wonderful new words to savor and with which to augment the nest. The not-so-fearsome cat that lives in this wondrous place introduces the little protagonist to books, and, in return, little Mouseling reads to him. O'Rourke's bright, digital cartoons depict the action with a light touch, presenting Mouseling's precious words as standout banners. Crum's name for this young mouse is cleverly inventive, and her narrator is as clever as it is. The tale is well-paced with just the right amount of gentle adventure to appeal to young humans discovering the world of words and books for themselves. Encouraging, lovely words. (Picture book. 3-6)(Kirkus Reviews, September 15, 2017)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10611655
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Crum, Shutta
Dewey number
[E]
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
O'Rourke, Ryan
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mice
  • Reading
  • Mice
  • Reading
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • JUVENILE FICTION
  • JUVENILE FICTION
Target audience
primary
Label
Mouseling's words, story by Shutta Crum ; pictures by Ryan O'Rourke
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn930364105
Dimensions
23 x 27 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780544302167
Lccn
2015024992
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)930364105
Label
Mouseling's words, story by Shutta Crum ; pictures by Ryan O'Rourke
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Control code
ocn930364105
Dimensions
23 x 27 cm
Extent
1 volume (unpaged)
Isbn
9780544302167
Lccn
2015024992
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)930364105

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