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Book Mouse

A young child discovers that the mouse in his house isn't looking for food, but something much more interesting and unexpected.

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BOOK MOUSE

by Rosie J. Pova

(181 words)

[Throughout the story, after the little mouse is released outside, she is observing the child's routine through the windows and different cracks. Readers can look for and try to locate the mouse on every spread]

[Art note for opening scene: urban setting, a young child runs barefoot and claps as he's chasing the cat that's chasing a mouse; the mouse gets caught in a trap and Mom takes it out of the house; the child offers it his cracker and waves goodbye....]


TIP, TAP, CLAP

Cat, mouse, SNAP!

[Mom]

"Run, little mouse!

No cheese for you --

out of the house!"

 

[child is talking to the mouse]

"Here, take my cracker --

Mmm-mmm, yummy!"

Bye, little mouse.

Go to your mommy."

DING, DING, DONG!

Grandpa is here!

He caught a big fish.

Mommy cooks a dish.

RUB, RUB, WASH. [Mom and the child are washing the squash]

Do you like squash?

Cut, clean, bake. [Mom prepares the squash]

Supper is made.

Climb on your seat

it's time to eat.

This warm food

smells so good!

Bath time is fun

Let the water run.

HOP, HOP, PLOP!

Pour the soap.

SPLASH, SPLASH, RINSE

"Story time, my prince!"

KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK

"Who is at the door?"

TAP, TAP, CLAP

Little Mouse is back.

SNIFF, SNIFF, SQUEAK!

Does she want to eat?

Mouse sneaks inside

and races past the cat.

Little Mouse hides

under Dad's green hat.

PUSH, PUSH, SLIDE! [Mouse pushes a picture book about a mouse, sliding on it from the bookcase]

This is not a ride!

Mommy, Daddy, look --

Mouse likes my book!

FLIP, FLIP, CREEP [Mouse is flipping the pages]

Maybe she can read?

SWOOSH SWOOSH AROUND

Mouse snuggles down.

We can't move her, sorry.

She's happy in the house.

She's ready for the story

about the little mouse....

Describe the intended vision for your early childhood book manuscript in 1-2 sentences

The rhythm, sound words, and tier 1 vocabulary of this story make it a fun, engaging read. Kids will relate to the everyday routine of the main character and be able to recognize familiar settings and objects, as well as expand their understanding on various concepts while the art will provide more layered engagement through the "seek the mouse on the page" idea. This circular story will beg to be re-read.

Share your suggested book title

Book Mouse

Location: Country

USA

Location: State or Department

Texas

Location: City

Rockwall

Website URL (optional question)

https://www.rosiejpova.com/

Tell us more about you / your team

I am a multi-published, award-winning children's author and speaker. I am also a writing coach and school presenter. I have researched the latest studies in early childhood development, the impact of reading on infants, the type of books and vocabulary with the best influence and so on. My passion is to foster literacy and involve more caregivers in story time with their children. I've done numerous radio and other media interviews on those subjects and I am currently working on my speech for an upcoming recording about HOW TO FOSTER KIDS' IMAGINATIONS WITHOUT PLUGGING ANYTHING IN. In addition, I am the founder of two children's writing contest. My mission is to inspire kids to treasure stories, unleash their creativity, and follow their passions.

Provide an example visual identity for a look and feel you might like to achieve. ( (optional question, 3-5 visuals)

Any of the above styles could be a match for my story, in my opinion, but of course, these are only preliminary ideas and suggestions.

Multiple Choice - Have you been previously published (online, self-published, and print included)?

  • Yes

If yes, please list titles and publications.

If I Weren't with You (picture book, 2017) Sarah's Song (picture book, 2017) Hailey Queen Pranking Makes Perfect (middle grade, 2017) Sunday Rain (picture book, releasing 2020)

Do you have an agent?

  • Yes

How did you hear about the Challenge? (optional question)

  • Facebook writers' group posting

What best describes you? (optional question)

  • I am/we are creatives, writers, or artists

Attachments (1)

BOOK MOUSE.docx

Full manuscript with notes and suggestions for the art and setting

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The Book Worm now has competition with the Book Mouse.
Interesting way to introduce reading to toddlers.

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DeletedUser

Thank you :)