Loud Mouse (Loud Mouse)

by Idina Menzel (Author) Jaclyn Sinquett (Illustrator)

Loud Mouse (Loud Mouse)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Loud Mouse

Frozen's Elsa and Tony Award-winner Idina Menzel, along with acclaimed writer and teacher Cara Mentzel, present a lyrical picture book about a little mouse finding her BIG voice, with the help of her sister.

Dee loves to sing. She sings during her morning yoga. She even sings while practicing her math facts. She usually sings to herself. But when her teacher asks everyone to share something with the class, Dee knows just what to bring: a song. And as Dee sings la, la, la, la, LOUDly in front of her class for the first time, something extraordinary happens. . . .

Complete with gorgeous illustrations and filled with humor and heart, Loud Mouse is a clever tale about learning that sometimes your best self is big, brave, and yes, loud.

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Kirkus Reviews

A muddled message shoots for the moon but never quite gets all the way off the ground.

School Library Journal

K-Gr 4--Menzel and sister Mentzel collaborate on an autobiographical picture book starring Dee and younger sibling Cara Lee. They happen to be mice, but this is an all-animal-on-board inclusive book in Sinquett's charming illustrations, so Dee's teacher, Miss Pink, seems a bit piglike, and Principal Hummingbird is, in fact, a hummingbird. The assignment is to bring something that symbolizes what she likes to do to class, and what Dee loves is to sing. She is confident. She is loud. And as a result, she expands and becomes a giant for the day, and feels so awkward and out of sorts that she thinks perhaps she'll never sing again. Cara Lee provides comfort that night and Dee is the star of the show the following evening. Readers do not know how she got the solo slot so quickly, but, like Broadway's quick, condensed plotting, best not to ask questions. Children will love the mouse sisters and the funny classroom scenes; although Cara Lee certainly takes a backseat in the story, the bonds of family feel authentic. VERDICT Come for the celebrity, stay for the tunes; children will relate to this tale of following your dreams even if it means getting loud.--Kimberly Olson Fakih

Copyright 2022 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.
Idina Menzel
Cara Mentzel's debut memoir, Voice Lessons: A Sisters Story, about her relationship with her superstar sister, Idina Menzel (yes, they spell their last names differently), was a Good Reads Choice Award nominee in 2017. Cara lives in Boulder, Colorado, where she and her husband raised their Brady Bunch of boys against the beauty of the Rocky Mountains. She has a master's degree in elementary education with an emphasis on children's literacy, and though she currently spends most of her time writing, she enjoyed teaching elementary school for well over a decade and can occasionally be found back in the classroom talking about books she loves.

Idina Menzel is a powerhouse: actor, singer-songwriter, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and now writer. She was Tony-nominated for her Broadway performances in Rent and If/Then, winning the prize for Wicked's green girl. People around the world know her as Elsa in Disney's Oscar-winning Frozen and Frozen 2. She has performed at the Oscars and the Super Bowl, and is the cofounder of A Broader Way Foundation, whose mission is leadership development to amplify young women's voices through the arts. Loud Mouse is Idina's latest endeavor to build on the message of empowerment and finding our voices. Idina's greatest gift is her son, Walker.

Jaclyn Sinquett grew up playing in her dad's garden and tossing french fries to seagulls at the Jersey Shore. She still lives in New Jersey and spends her time painting with her little girl, singing too loudly in the car, and illustrating books for children. See her artwork at www.jaclynsinquett.com
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
September 27, 2022
Loud Mouse
BISAC categories
JUV002180 - Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc.
JUV039140 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
JUV031040 - Juvenile Fiction | Performing Arts | Music
Library of Congress categories
Picture books

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