A Mouse Called Wolf

by Dick King-Smith

Other authorsJon Goodell (Illustrator)
Paperback, 1998



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Scholastic Inc. (1998), Edition: FIRST SCHOLASTIC PRINTING, 98 pages


A mouse with an unusual name shares his musical gift with a widowed concert pianist.


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Physical description

98 p.; 7.3 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member champlin
Early Chapter Book. This is a funny book about a mouse who has a great musical talent. The old lady his family lives with has a piano. They old lady realizes that he can sing. She plays him new tunes for him to learn. Wolfgang Amadeus Mouse ("Wolf," for short) has a big name for such a little
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mouse. But the name fits. His favorite pastime is listening to Mrs. Honeybee, the lady of the house, play the piano. If only he could sing along to the music! One day, Wolf decides to try -- and to his surprise, out of his mouth comes a perfect melody. It's not long before Wolf is singing everything from "Three Blind Mice" to Chopin to the Beatles, all to Mrs. Honeybee's accompaniment. Then an accident leaves Mrs. Honeybee in danger, and it's up to Wolf to save her... the only way he knows how. I would use this book in the classroom to show students that who every you are you are talented, special and needed.
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LibraryThing member ctmserpr
Wolfgang Adadeus Mouse is a big name to fill, isn't it? Well in this book A Mouse Called Wolf that is exactly what Wolf (for short) did. What he had accomplished in this book was that he showed that runts can be spectacular! Wolf lived underneath a piano at Mrs.HoneyBee's house and that led him to
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being a spectacular singing mouse!
This book was kind of an inspiring to me because it was about a mouse that go over how he looked ( he was a runt to he was small and he had big ears) and he got up and did what he was meant to do. There for he became the first singing mouse according to Dick-Smith (the author). Also he got his mother to be okay with humans and trust them.
Dick-Smith did a very well job writing this book. One thing i did not like was that some parts were not well explained and I was confused in some parts. But otherwise than some minor confusion the book was well written and an inspiring book to me. :)
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LibraryThing member Inky_Fingers
Enchanting. After reading this book I know why King-Smith is such a prolific and popular author. He has the rare gift of charm without being cutsie or talking down to his audience. This book made me want to sit down and read everything he has ever written.
LibraryThing member ocosta1
I liked this book for the plot, illustrations, and characters. The plot is very original; a mouse realizes his musical talent and saves a human he befriended. I also enjoyed the twist that the mouse could also compose. The few illustrations in the book enhanced the story by including visuals that
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would help the reader's visualize the characters. The picture of Mrs. Honeybee looking at Wolf on the top of the piano was able to depict her positive reaction towards the singing mouse. I also loved the character development of Wolf. First, he started out hating his name. Then, when he came to find his passion for music, his ironic name did not bother him. Finally, Mrs. Honeybee unknowingly names him the name that would fit this talented mouse perfectly--the name he already had. The message of this story is to be yourself and embrace who you are. Wolf was a mouse version of the man who's name he had, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. If he never accepted his love for music, he never would have been able to rescue Mrs. Honeybee or compose the beautiful music he did.
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LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
Ok, I've been comparing lots of books by DKS in re' their illustrations and the plausibility of the magic.

Again, this illustrator is new to me, and his work fits the story perfectly. But in contrast to what I usually say about DKS's animal fantasies being better if believable, in this one the
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magic is totally implausible, but it's still an utterly charming simple fable about friendship, courage, and following one's dreams.

I love that the side characters, Mary (the mother mouse) and the cat and even the mouse siblings and the police officer, are funny and interesting. And I love the information about music, ie cradle songs and berceuse.
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LibraryThing member ChazziFrazz
Wolfgang Amadeus Mouse is quite a big name for such a small mouse. Being the smallest of a litter of thirteen, his mother thought he needed a big name. Being such a long name and taking a bit to pronounce, it was shortened to Wolf...and that was just fine with the little guy.

Wolf and his family
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live in a small house that is owned by Mrs. Honeybee. Mrs. Honeybee was once a concert pianist and still plays twice a day.

As Wolf grows up listening to Mrs. Honeybee play, he not only falls in love with music but also wished he could sing music. Finally he gathers the courage to sing. And he does! Mrs. Honeybee hears him, and over time she makes friends with him. They enjoy each others company and music.

One day something happens to Mrs. Honeybee and the only one who can get help is Wolf.

I have read a few other books by Dick King-Smith and enjoyed them too. Written for young readers, there is still entertainment and charm for adults to enjoy. Definitely quick reads, but also fun reads.
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LibraryThing member nx74defiant
Very sweet tale of a music loving mouse.




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