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The Mouse Mansion
by Karina Schaapman


Overview - Beatrix Potter meets I Spy in this detailed and charming storybook adventure
Best friends Julia and Sam are mice who live in the Mouse Mansion. When they re together they find all sorts of adventures and all kinds of trouble
Come with them as they discover a secret hiding place, greet the ragman, and learn to make pancakes.
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Overview
Beatrix Potter meets I Spyin this detailed and charming storybook adventure
Best friends Julia and Sam are mice who live in the Mouse Mansion. When they re together they find all sorts of adventures and all kinds of trouble
Come with them as they discover a secret hiding place, greet the ragman, and learn to make pancakes. There is a shop that sells everything and a box full of treasure. And oh no there might even be a rat The Mouse Mansion is always full of surprises.
Author and artist Karina Schaapman spent years building and furnishing the Mouse Mansion in which this collection of stories takes place. The elaborate dollhouse is made of cardboard boxes and papier-mache and contains more than one hundred rooms to explore."

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780803740495
  • ISBN-10: 0803740492
  • Publisher: Dial Books
  • Publish Date: November 2014
  • Page Count: 64
  • Reading Level: Ages 5-8
  • Dimensions: 12 x 10.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Animals - Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, etc.
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Lifestyles - City & Town Life
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Toys, Dolls & Puppets

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-10-13
  • Reviewer: Staff

Dollhouse aficionados will be thunderstruck by Schaapman’s engrossing debut, a room-by-room exploration of an actual mansion built to the scale of tiny gray cloth mice. Opposite a table of contents, Schaapman provides a photo of the marvelous communal dwelling, constructed with cardboard and papier-mâché: a multistory, ramshackle abode complete with three vertiginous towers, a sidewalk shop level, and triple basement levels. In 17 chapters illustrated with close-up interior photographs, Schaapman describes everyday life for best friends Julia and Sam. The mice make pancakes, tend to Sam’s siblings, do laundry (amid real suds), and recover from chicken pox (Julia is covered with embroidered red stitches). Schaapman meticulously outfits every miniature chamber: dime-size dishes dry in a rack, postage-stamp posters decorate a music room, minuscule toys clutter children’s rooms. Subtle clues tell readers more: a matchbox-size Diary of Anne Frank rests on Julia’s chest of drawers, and on Friday night, she learns about Sabbath at Sam’s auntie’s apartment. The lived-in space—no fancy upper-class dollhouse—recalls Dickens’s London or, given Schaapman’s home city, Rembrandt’s Amsterdam. The mice lead humble, contented lives, and their mansion is sure to astonish. Ages 5–8. (Nov.)

 
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