Library Mouse (Library Mouse #1)

by Daniel Kirk (Author)

Library Mouse (Library Mouse #1)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Library Mouse

Beloved children's books author and illustrator Daniel Kirk wonderfully brings to life the story of Sam, a library mouse.

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 decided to write books himself!

Sam shared his books with other library visitors by placing them on a bookshelf at night. Until there came the time that people wanted to meet this talented author. Whatever was Sam to do?

The joy of reading, writing, and sharing is brought to life in this warmhearted tale.

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School Library Journal

K-Gr 2 — Sam has a cozy home in the wall behind the children's reference books at the library. By day he sleeps and by night he reads, reads, reads. One night, he decides to write his own book. Once his autobiography is finished, he shelves it in the biography section. It's a huge hit with the children and the staff, as are the mystery and picture books he pens. This leads the head librarian to post a letter inviting the mystery writer to a "Meet the Author" day. Since he is a bit shy around people, he comes up with a better idea. He sets up a display using a mirror to show each student as the author, then puts out booklets and pencils for them to write their own stories. This book has an excellent premise, but the text is a bit wordy. It's the art that brings it to life. The detailed illustrations show a bright, light, busy library filled with books, a few computers, and lots of patrons. Sam, attired in a different outfit on almost every page, is an engaging, expressive mouse, and kids will enjoy seeing him having the run of the building at night. This offering would work well as a catalyst for a writing project. - "Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH"

Copyright 2007 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Daniel Kirk
Daniel Kirk is the bestselling author and illustrator of the beloved Library Mouse series and Newton and Curie: The Science Squirrels as well as a number of other picture books and novels for young readers. He lives in Glen Ridge, New Jersey.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Harry N. Abrams
Publication date
September 20, 2007
Library Mouse
BISAC categories
JUV047000 - Juvenile Fiction | Books & Libraries
JUV002180 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc.
Library of Congress categories
Washington Children's Choice Picture Book Award
Nominee 2009 - 2009
Virginia Readers Choice Award
Winner 2010 - 2010
Volunteer State Book Awards
Nominee 2011 - 2012

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