Reading/Interest Level: Toddler, Preschool, Primary
Author: John Burningham
Illustrator: John Burningham
Publisher: Candlewick Press
This house has a family of humans and a family of mice. The mice try to make sure that no humans see them, but one day one of the human children sees the mice and tells his parents. The parents panic and call an exterminator. The children leave the mice a note to warn them, and the mice escape just in time to the yard. The children make them a small trampoline and other playground equipment, but the mice leave for the winter. After winter ends, the children see the mice in their house once again, and this time they don't tell their parents.
This is a well-written picture book with beautiful illustrations. John Burningham's illustrations bring the story to life and give the mice heart and character. They are dressed like small people and have human-like mannerisms. This book is great for its intended audience. It's written in language that small children can understand, and the pictures help tell the story. The message of helping those who are different from you is a great thing for children to learn.