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A New House for Mouse


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Petr Horacek trained at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague before becoming a graphic designer, illustrator and painter. He is the award-winning author of When the Moon Smiled and Silly Suzy Goose. Born in Czechoslovakia, Petr now lives in Worcestershire with his wife and two daughters.


A mouse's eyes are bigger than her stomach-and her meal is bigger than her house, too-in this chipper paper-over-board picture book featuring die-cut holes that grow larger with each spread. When a big red apple appears outside her hole-sweet-home, Little Mouse is eager to make a meal out of it. But, as the sizeable fruit won't fit into her modest dwelling, she sets off to find a new home for herself and her hefty harvest. However, each new larger die-cut hole the mouse happens upon is already inhabited by a content owner with no room to spare. Luckily, her search makes Little Mouse hungry, and as she takes time for a few nibbles of apple, makes the fruit a little less cumbersome. By the time she sees a hole that looks just right, she's actually right back where she started, and with an apple that can now fit inside her home with her. The simple wanderings of a rodent on a mission make the perfect plot for these die-cut pages. Horacek's (When the Moon Smiled) energetic watercolor-and-cut-paper art suggests a kicky blend of Eric Carle and Simms Taback. Black scratchy backgrounds alongside the brighter peek-a-book effect will have little ones imagining the view underground in their own backyards. Ages 3-5. (Nov.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"* "A lovely circular tale, beautifully told and illustrated." The Scotsman"

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