Earlier this month I signed up to review a children’s book. I love reading new authors and doing my part to support our artistic community, and this book sounded well, cute. But in true ‘working mom of three, and let’s be honest, me’ fashion, I got overcommitted. The book sat on my desk for weeks and somehow never managed to make it upstairs to the kids’ book stack. Until this week. With bedtime fast approaching and the clock ticking away on story time, I sat the boys down to read “This House Needs A Mouse” by CJ Nunnally.
First of all, I’m a sucker for all children’s books containing animals, so this one spoke to me instantly. My boys are 5, 3, and 1 and usually easily distracted, so I was a little worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep their attention for what seemed like a lot of words and pages. But I was pleasantly surprised at how my boys settled in and listened for the entire story. I think Nunnally does a good job of setting up the story so the reader wants to find out what happens next and how it ends.
I don’t want to spoil the ending for anyone, but in the midst of reading it, I was a little worried about the fate of the book’s protagonist [can I say protagonist when referring to a mouse?] Let’s just say I was delighted by the ending and how everything wrapped up. Although if you’re like me and a huge animal lover, you may feel some tension in your heart strings in parts. Be prepared for some conversations about pets with your kids.
The writing is well put together and the almost lyrical cadence is fun and engaging. I wouldn’t be surprised to see more from and about this author. The illustration is whimsical and just fun enough to add to the imagery without competing with it.
Most important, the review from my kids: They loved it enough to want to read it twice in one night!
“This House Needs A Mouse” will make an ideal Christmas gift for parents, grandparents, and teachers looking for meaningful gifts amid the plastic clutter on the shelves. I’m considering it for teacher gifts this year to supplement the classroom book repertoire. It’s available at book’s website, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Big Tent Books.