Halloween Mice



Scare-free Halloween fun for preschoolers.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a playful story full of frolicking, costumed mice and shadow magic. Nothing harmful or too scary is presented.

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What's the story?

A family of mice, costumed as a witch, ghost, boogie man, and little devil, skitter and scamper out to the pumpkin patch on a Halloween night. A cat nearly ruins their party, but they come up with a clever trick to scare him away.

Is it any good?


The story is simple and somewhat ordinary, but the little mice faces are adorable, the language is fun and playful. Young children will enjoy reading along with the rhythmic phrases and picking out whimsical details in the happy and expressive paintings. The illustrations also use light cleverly, which ties in with the story and the shadow trick the mice play on the stalking cat.

This is just one in a series of holiday mice books written by Bethany Roberts. An edition including a cassette tape is also available.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the costumes the mice wear and point out the assorted things we all think of on Halloween: bats, pumpkins, scarecrows, etc. You can also talk about shadows: How are they created? How can you make your own shadows? How did the mice trick the stalking cat? How did the little mouse scare his family?

Book details

Author:Bethany Roberts
Illustrator:Doug Cushman
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Clarion Books
Publication date:August 1, 1995
Number of pages:32
Read aloud:4
Read alone:6

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