“Synopsis: Whose Mouse Are You is written by Robert Kraus and illustrated by Jose Aruego. This very simple reading book asks the title question and presents the protagonist with a relatively grim answer. Essentially the mouse is alone in the world unless he is able to get his mother back from...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Synopsis: Whose Mouse Are You is written by Robert Kraus and illustrated by Jose Aruego. This very simple reading book asks the title question and presents the protagonist with a relatively grim answer. Essentially the mouse is alone in the world unless he is able to get his mother back from the cat, free his father from a trap...etc. After doing all of that, he/she finds his/her place.
Theme/Curriculum Connections: Family relations, anthropomorphism, question and answer
Age/Grade: Elementary (pre-school).”
“This book is written by Robert Kraus and illustrated by Jose Arugeo. This book is my favorite book I remember reading it in first grade and memorizing it. It is about a brother mouse who is very lonely. He is tired of feeling lonely so one day he pictures himself in being a hero. He saves his mother from a cat, frees his father from the trap and finds his sister who is lost and wishes for a brother. But after he pictures himself as a hero he realizes that his family loves him. He ends the story feeling like somebody and does not feel lonely.”Mallory Padilla wrote this review Thursday, January 31, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ This poor little "nobody's mouse" transforms himself into the beloved hero of his mother, father, sister, and brand-new baby brother. ”Mrs. Newby wrote this review Sunday, April 24, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“too scary at the beginning about mama in cat's belly and papa caught by a trap.”Angela H wrote this review Monday, March 15, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Easy reader. This book is absolutely adorable! The story opens with the little mouse belonging to no one. When asked why he is nobody's mouse, he explains that his mother has been eaten, his father has been trapped and his sister is far far away. The little mouse then decides to take matters into his own hands and the story ends with a happy little twist!
This is a wonderful example of high quality literature for the beginning reader. Recommended for children ages 4-8, the text has been designed for beginner readers. The sentences are short with large font and the text has clearly been supported by the pictures.”
“One of my absolute favorites from childhood. ”Sheila C wrote this review Monday, December 28, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of my favorite books as a child!”Mrs. Rankin's Kindergarten Class wrote this review Sunday, November 22, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Title: Whose Mouse are You?
Author: Robert Kraus
Illustrator: Jose Arguero
Publisher: MacMillan Company
Grade Level: Kindergarten
This is a little nursery rhyme about how a mouse isn’t around with his family. Basically his mom is in a cat, his dad is in a trap, his sister is far away, and he has no brother. So he saves and finds all of them and he has a new brother in the end. It’s just a good book to read for a very young child. The words are so simplistic, the most complicated word in this book is “brother” so it is a good book for the kids to read, not necessarily the teacher.
E) Uses in the Classroom: This is a good book to base a family assignment off of. Like having the students draw pictures of their families and writing who they are and their names. It helps the kids exercise creativity and reinforce spelling to a small degree.
“Whose mouse are you?
By Robert Kraus
Aladdin Paperbacks, 1998 (31 pages)
Picture Book/Rhyming Story
Little mouse is feeling wounded and lonely but as we discover in the charming pages of this rhyming story he’s not so alone after all.
Mostly on a blank white background the mouse protagonist appears quite large despite being a mouse. The rhyming narrative poses a question “Whose mouse are you?” to answer “Nobody’s mouse” showing the character’s temperamental body language with a side profile and hands stretched back. The reader can guess that mouse is not happy from that very poignant illustration. Although mouse’s mother is inside a menacing cat, the cat is subdued with red pigmentation and orange flowers on his coat. All the illustrations are very minimal in coloring using lightly shaded hues of pink, orange and red. The simple rhyme narration comes full circle when mouse’s family is all well and together showing mouse with each of the family members in a separate vignette spending special alone time for example racing go-carts with father and eating cheese with mother and at the end welcoming a brand new brother into the family. This will be a favorite for preschoolers with siblings.
This starred review zeroes in on the targeted audience for this picture book as preschoolers and points to the book’s timelessness.
I like the interpretation offered in this review describing little mouse feeling unloved and “mentally placing each family member in a hazardous situation” and coming to their rescue to restoring himself in their affection.