Library Mouse: A Friend's Tale

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Cute tale about a shy boy and mouse writing a book.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Friendship and teamwork make things work out for the boy, the librarian, and the mouse.

Violence & scariness
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Language
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is the second Library Mouse book. The first one won the National Parenting Publication Gold Award in 2007 and the International Reading Association Teacher's Choice award in 2008.

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What's the story?

When kids in the library's Writers and Illustrators Club team up to write and illustrate books, a shy boy named Tom finds he does not have a partner. The librarian offers to help, but instead Tom ends up striking up a friendship with Sam, the library's mystery author. In the process, the two create a very unusual book, and solve the library's mystery.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The story here is about teamwork, friendship, writing, libraries, kids, and a friendly little mouse. How can it miss? On top of that, any book that promotes the fun of writing, reading, and libraries is worth taking a look at. In this one, the colors are bright, and shelves and tables of the library are filled with books that kids will recognize.

Besides picking out titles they know, and talking about why they are favorites, kids will enjoy the cute story and irresistible characters, and they'll definitely relate to the larger messages here: It's a mystery with secret friends and trails of footprints as well as a story about overcoming shyness and the importance of friendship and teamwork.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about book writing and illustrating, and all the things that go into it. Would you rather be the author, the illustrator, or both? How did teamwork make Tom's book a success? How did it help both Tom and the mouse? Where did Tom get his idea for his story? Why didn't he want Mrs. Forrester to read it aloud? What was so amazing about the illustrations? Do you have any ideas for writing a good book?

Book details

Author:Daniel Kirk
Illustrator:Daniel Kirk
Genre:Picture Book
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Abrams Books for Young Readers
Publication date:March 1, 2009
Number of pages:32
Read aloud:4
Read alone:7

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