Sunday, March 14, 2010

Whose Mouse Are You?

Whose Mouse Are You? By Robert Kraus. Illustrations by Jose Aruego. 1970. Simon & Schuster. 40 pages.

Whose mouse are you?
Nobody's mouse.
Where is your mother?
Inside the cat.
Where is your father?
Caught in a trap.
Where is your sister?
Far from home.
Where is your brother?
I have none.
What will you do?

What can a little mouse do to set things right? You might just be surprised at all the twists in this one!

This strange little picture book is celebrating its fortieth year. Are you familiar with Whose Mouse Are You? Was it a part of your childhood? Are you familiar with Robert Kraus?

I didn't grow up with Whose Mouse Are You? In fact, I didn't discover this one until a few weeks ago. I was familiar with Leo the Late Bloomer. And it was because I recognized the author's name that I picked this one up.

What is this one about? A mouse that has nothing...and everything. It's a strange little book in some ways, in many ways. Yet it's an interesting kind of strange, I think. Have you read this one? What do you think?

© Becky Laney of Young Readers

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I love this book! My children grew up listening to this story. Of course, I would ad lib while reading it... Changing pitch and tone to match the particular circumstances of the mouse and his family. For almost 40 years, my family has enjoyed this little tale. We can all still recite it from memory. I am so glad to see it is still available as I want to purchase it for our new grandson.