Kids’ Book Corner: This House Needs a Mouse

Val Curtis

This is the high-spirited story of a mouse… disgusted by his caged existence… desperate for a new life. Through a stroke of good timing and some quick thinking, the mouse finds himself free, full of purpose, and exquisitely happy. When his life is turned upside-down by an unfortunate chain of events involving traps, rat poison and one unmotivated cat, this seemingly ordinary mouse must come to grips with his new situation and his true purpose in life.

This post contains affiliate linksI sat down with my 3-year-old daughter for a little lap / storytime. Immediately she flipped through the pages of her new book and said, “I like it.” That was quick! When I asked her why, she answered, “Because there is a baby in it!” Baby? Check.

We read through C. Jeffrey Nunnally’s sweet story, and I was quickly asked to read it two more times. Over the course of the next week, I read it at least another 12 times. Now THAT is a pretty good indicator.

Tamara Z. Brink’s illustrations are adorable and vibrant, and my daughter’s little finger was pointing out various little elements throughout the story. There were several “turn backs” to compare particular elements of the house between homeowners (but I don’t want to give too much away. . .so you will just have to read it!).

I love that the mouse has a dream, and that he makes it happen and can roll with the punches when things change. Often, stories end when the main character achieves his or her goal. In the case of “This House Needs a Mouse,” he demonstrates that being flexible can lead you to your happiest path.


READ THIS NEXTEncouraging Creativity Everyday


 The book was given to us by the author. As always, all opinions are our own and we only share what we love.

This post was written exclusively for BonBon Break Media, LLC.

Val is the Editor-in-chief of BonBon Break. A former middle school science/math/tech teacher, she put her career on hold to be at home with her son and daughter on an island in the Pacific Northwest. When Val breaks away from her keyboard, she enjoys gardening, cooking, hiking, camping, photography, tidepooling, sailing and potlucks. She gets a kick out of combing the web for recipes and making them gluten free so she can share meals with her husband, family and friends. She is a tech-gadget geek who is poked fun at, but it doesn’t bother her a bit. Combining her love of photography, tech and graphics to create new, fun content for BonBon Break quenches her “thirst” for integrated technology.