The Great American Mousical

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Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media
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Cute adventure for animal and theater lovers.

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Positive Messages

The characters demonstrate kindness, bravery, resourcefulness, and determination in the face of adversity.

Violence & Scariness

A mouse is caught in a "humane" trap and is dumped outside the city.


What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this book contains some adult mice drinking alcohol and a mouse is caught in a humane trap. Theater vocabulary makes this a good book to introduce live theater productions to kids.

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What's the story?

Far beneath the bright lights of Broadway is an architect's model of the Sovereign Theater and the mice of the theater put on fantastic productions including West Side Tails and Mice and Dolls. Right before their big show Broadway Airs opens, the crew finds out that the human Sovereign is going to be demolished, and, worse yet, that their star has disappeared! Will the show go on?

Is it any good?

There is something really cute about mice dressed up and acting like humans and this book by Andrews and her daughter Emma is no exception. From the "moused-up" song titles: "Muenster Makes the World Go Round," "Squeakin' in the Rain," and "If I Was a Rich Mouse," to the detailed descriptions of whisker twitches and scurrying, the book is charming and informative for little readers who don't know much about the life of theater people -- or mice.

In the paperback there are some fun extras including a theater vocabulary list, a newspaper review of the final show, a Playbill from Broadway Airs, and advice for "theater mice."

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about friendship and making a difference. In what ways did Pippin and Henry make a difference in the lives of their friends? What made Henry a good friend to Adelaide? In what ways are you a good friend?

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