Reading/Interest Level: Preschool, Primary
Author: Philippa Leathers
Clemmie is a fearsome mouse catcher. Or so she thinks. After studying about how to catch a mouse, she goes on the prowl, searching for anything that looks like a mouse—a pink tail, two round ears, and whiskers. They all turn out to be everything BUT a mouse, and little does Clemmie know that the real mouse is hiding in plain sight! When she finally finds the pesky mouse, she uses the same strategy of disguising herself to catch him.
How to Catch a Mouse is a wonderful and hilarious book that both children and adults are sure to smile about. The illustrations make both cat and mouse look adorable, and the humor embedded throughout is subtle and clever. Also, the personalities of the characters, especially the falsely confident Clemmie, make the story even more enjoyable. The text is a little small, but it’s clear and easy to read, and the fact that it’s written in very simple and somewhat repetitive language would make it a good choice for young readers. All in all, this is a cute story with even cuter illustrations and highly recommended.