"Mom, can we do it again?" You know you have an engaging book in your hands when your toddlers can't get enough of it! There's a Mouse About the House, a book written and illustrated by Richard Fowler, is a clever book that combines storytelling with fine motor development and reading preparation.
To use this book, you take the little cardboard mouse out of its sleeve on the front cover and slip it through the slot. This transports the mouse into a playroom, where you learn that he is on a search for food. A dotted line directs the mouse from one slot to the next, where he slips through a crack in the floor to the kitchen. Slots in each page take you on a tour of the house as the mouse looks for food. But watch out for the cat, the parrot, and Mr. and Mrs. B!
I wasn't sure what to make of this book at first, as it has a very 1980's feel - but oh boy, is it fun! My boys really do "read" through it over and over. The reason the book develops reading and fine motor skills is that you have to be pretty intentional to get the mouse through each slot, and the movement is always from left to right across the page. Fun way to get kids practicing essential skills without even realizing it!
Hi there! I'm Christine - Usborne Books & More independent consultant, kids' book fan, English teacher, mom of two boys.