Reviews for Five Nice Mice

Booklist Reviews 2007 May #2
The joy of music, both listening to it and making it, is the drama in this beautiful picture book translated from the Japanese. After five little mice sneak into the park to hear the frog chorus, they are enthralled; then they are thrown out of the frogs-only concert. Haunted by what they have heard, the mice decide to form their own orchestra with instruments that cling and clang, rustle and rattle, tap and boom. When the mice perform to wild applause, frogs in the audience join in, and then they play music together. Filled with light and color, the double-page spreads, executed in watercolor and pastels, are crowded yet clear, and they extend the story of each individual, who practices and listens, and then plays in harmony with the crowd. Preschoolers will identify with the small animal characters, who find power and community in exhilarating performance.

Horn Book Guide Reviews 2007 Fall
Five mice follow the haunting sound of music to a frog concert. Quickly barred ("Frogs only!"), they decide to create their own instruments and stage a mouse concert. Their show is a hit, and when the frogs arrive they all make beautiful music together. Warm textured illustrations help this story about tolerance and cooperation rise above its message-y premise. Copyright 2007 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

School Library Journal Reviews 2007 June

PreS-Gr 2-- Under a full moon, five mice follow the sound of beautiful music to a city park where frogs are giving a concert. The rodents' enjoyment is cut short when a booming voice informs them that the event is for frogs only. They are disappointed, but not dejected. The memory of one lovely song, "Over the Moon," inspires them to form their own orchestra. They create instruments, practice, and hold their own performance. Frogs sneak in and are made welcome. All join in to sing "Over the Moon," proving that sharing music is the best way to enjoy it. Quiet text and delightful artwork blend harmoniously to convey the action and excitement. The illustrations fill in the details as the mice build their instruments. Ordinary objects take on new possibilities when given a mouse-size perspective. A drinking straw becomes a flute. A matchbox and thread become a guitar. Subdued colors with bright accents heighten the musicians' anticipation as they nervously wait backstage. As a mouse peeks through the curtains, a double-page view shows the audience. Readers will catch a glimpse of the frogs, incognito, as they enter the auditorium. Colors brighten as the songs flow and carry the story to its melodious conclusion. This beautiful book, like the music, should be shared-either individually or in storytime.--Carolyn Janssen, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH

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