Library Mouse

by Daniel Kirk

Hardcover, 2007

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Harry N. Abrams (2007), Edition: Illustrated, 32 pages


Sam, a shy but creative mouse who lives in a library, decides to write and illustrate his own stories which he places on the shelves with the other library books but when children find the tales, they all want to meet the author.

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LibraryThing member kidlit9
Sam, a shy but creative mouse who lives in a library, decides to write and illustrate his own stories which he places on the shelves with the other library books. But when children find the tales, they all want to meet the author.
LibraryThing member thornton37814
A good read for younger children. The book demonstrates a love for reading, learning, and libraries. It also encourages children to write!
LibraryThing member nancyken
Sam, a shy but creative mouse who lives in a library, decides to write and illustrate his own stories which he places on the shelves with the other library books but when children find the tales, they all want to meet the author.
LibraryThing member acwheeler
I liked this book a lot because it keeps you interested in the book the whole time. It is also a self motivating book to teach children how to write books and that everyone can be an author and write their own books if they use their imgaination.
LibraryThing member kdemott
I don't give a lot of five stars but I love this book! Maybe it's because I was a teacher and am studying to be a librarian. Great book if you're trying to get students to write stories of their own. Love it!
LibraryThing member chron002
About a mouse, Sam, that lives in the library. He stays in his hole during the day and reads at night. Very cute book for 1st grade.
LibraryThing member TimiF
This book is appropriate for ages kindergarten to third grade. This teaches children different types of books that can be found in the library. Children will experience reading, writing, and sharing while reading this book.
LibraryThing member Leshauck
Great explains everything you need to know about this book.
LibraryThing member quicksilvertears
I was very interested in reading this book to my son because the design was boring but as I read the story, I became interested in writing a children's book. My son decided he wanted to make his own scary book like Sam the mouse did. I figure if this book can inspire a four year old to write a
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book, it must not matter that the design was a bit on the boring side.
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LibraryThing member danusia
Not a fan of Kirk's flat art work, the story is cute-ish. A mouse lives in a library, reads books at night when all the children go home. After reading all the books, he decides to write his own. The children, coming to finally see who the author is are met with a box with a mirror inside labeled
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"meet the author". AWWW, cute? not so much.
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LibraryThing member MarthaL
Sam the mouse lives in the library. He had read many kinds of genre. When his mind was full of information and his imagination well developed he decide to write his own book. He made pages by folding over little squares of paper taken from the librarian's desk. He then slipped his finished product
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unto the shelf. When he saw the reaction his book had he went on to write another book and another. This is an absolutely darling story that when read to children in 1st through 4th will stimuate them to create their own books.
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LibraryThing member kimcc
The story is inspiring in that it emphasizes we all can be writers because we all have important stories to share. The story is also a good reminder of the reasons different books appeal to different writers. It even gives a little writing advice—write what you know.

This book could be used as a
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brainstorm activity for a creative writing assignment for elementary school children. They could choose one of the genres depicted in the story to write and illustrate their own books and perhaps work with their school librarian to put them in the correct place/shelves in the library for other children and classes to read.
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LibraryThing member lsierra19
I totally recommend this book. It is a children's book full of nice pictures and with a great message for the readers. It is about a little mouse that started writing books and invite others to do the same thing. One of my favorite books!
LibraryThing member dukefan86
This is a very clever story! Sam the library mouse enjoys his home in the public library so much, that eventually he starts writing little books of his own. He adds them to the collection overnight, while the library is closed. Sam's books are discovered, and develops a fan base among library staff
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and patrons alike! :) The library director leaves Sam a letter (not knowing he's a MOUSE) to "Meet the Author Day." Being shy as a mouse, Sam comes up with a creative way to turn the library's younger patrons into authors, themselves. Cute!
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LibraryThing member lmeza
It's nice, especially if you have doubts about writing or not ;)
LibraryThing member dms02
This is a great book for showing the ease in which a child can write their own books!
LibraryThing member jtaylo41
This book was an awesome read! I would love to read this to my students because it is a very inspiring plot. The librarians and students keep finding enjoyable stories in the morning on the library shelves, however, they are unaware of who the author is. The author of the short stories ends up
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being a little mouse who lives in a hole in the library wall. The characters are very well developed and are visually detailed in the illustrations. For example, the mouse is personified by wearing clothes and using a pencil to write his stories. This is a great story that expresses to students that anyone can write regardless of your age, height, intelligence, or looks. The main message in this book is that everyone can be an author and has the capability of doing great things! It was a cute way to inspire young writers.
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LibraryThing member hugo.johnson
A good activity to do after reading this book would be for a school librarian to write tiny books by "Mouse" and hide them throughout the library and have kids find them. Then the librarian can have students write their own books, and leave them for Mouse to find.
LibraryThing member mirikayla
Library mouse lives behind the shelves in the library and encourages kids to write their own stories. Very cute.
LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
I'm a huge fan of libraries with over four decades experience getting to know them as well as a patron can. So I loved this. I believe that the children's program described could be very effective. I even believe it could be used for all ages - and could even inspire people who don't think they're
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creative, like me, to tell stories.

Now I do see that at least one real children's librarian was not wowed by this. But that person did not write a review, so I'm not sure what makes the book less than wonderful from their pov.

And I did have a bit of trouble getting used to the illustrations, especially of the people. But the mouse is adorable and the art is cheerful, clear, and a good fit for the text.
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LibraryThing member wichitafriendsschool
Sam’s home was in a little hole in the wall in the children’s reference books section, and he thought that life was very good indeed. For Sam loved to read. He read picture books and chapter books, biographies and poetry, and ghost stories and mysteries. Sam read so much that finally one day he
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decided to write books himself!
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LibraryThing member AbigailAdams26
Sam the mouse lived in a little hole in the wall behind the children's reference section, emerging every night to read and enjoy the library's many books. He enjoyed every kind of book, from reference to genre fiction, and eventually decided that he would write one of his own. His miniature
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autobiography proved quite a hit with the library's patrons, prompting Sam to write other books, each of which he left out for the library's visitors to peruse. When Mrs. Forrester, the Head Librarian, posted a note inviting him to an author visit, Sam was torn. Although he wanted to please his fans, he was (like most mice) very shy. Could he find a solution...?

The first of five picture-books featuring the adventures of this book-loving and writing mouse, Library Mouse pairs an engaging story with appealing illustrations. Sam is a lovable little hero, and his nighttime writing escapades will keep young listeners involved, as they wonder whether the little murine author's identity will ever be revealed to the human patrons of the library. In the end it isn't, at least here, so I will have to keep reading, to see if anyone ever discovers Sam's identity in subsequent titles. Daniel Kirk's artwork is colorful and immediate, with full-page spreads alternating with illustrations inset on the pages with text. Recommended to anyone looking for picture-books about the joys of the library, and the delights of being an author.
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LibraryThing member NMiller22
Sam, a shy but creative mouse who lives in a library, decides to write and illustrate his own stories which he places on the shelves with the other library books. When children find the tales, they all want to meet the author.
LibraryThing member RobinRowlesAuthor
Oh, what fun! This story is about a cute, shy mouse called Sam. He lives in a small hole in a wall that's inside a library. During the night he comes out and starts writing and illustrating his very own books. Awesome!

Can you imagine the shock and surprise in the library following the discovery of
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Sam's first book, called 'Squeak! A Mouse's Life'?

The library's staff couldn't help themselves from being amused and curious about the discovery of Sam's book. Nevertheless, several of the younger children felt excited. They wanted to read Sam's story and admire the beautiful colourful illustrations.

The level of curiosity gained momentum after Sam wrote and illustrated another two books. Everyone loved his books!

I'm not going to disclose the entire story, however, I want to tell you what I really liked about this charming book:
Sam's story created a lot of curiosity and inspiration for the children. His story helped them to express their own imagination, and discover the pleasure and fun of reading and writing their own books!

Finally, check-out how Sam's creatively and wisdom deals with his initial dilemma, after reading his bulletin board message from the Head Librarian, inviting him to be their special guest at a forthcoming 'Meet the Author Day' event. Extremely clever, brilliant!

This book is ideal for bedtime reading and young readers.
Length: 32 pages. Age Level: 4 - 8, Grade Level: P - 4
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LibraryThing member wishanem
Lovely and inspirational

"We loved it!", raves my 4 year old. I liked the way that the story encourages kids to write their own books. The art is detailed and bright, in a way that reminds me of Mr. Rogers.


Young Hoosier Book Award (Nominee — Picture Book — 2011)
Triple Crown Awards (Classic (Runner-Up/Honor Book) — 2010)
Virginia Readers' Choice (Nominee — Primary — 2010)
Volunteer State Book Award (Nominee — Primary — 2012)




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