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There's a Mouse in My House

Written by Ross Collins

Illustrated by Ross Collins

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There's a Mouse in My House Review

Bedtime Stories for Children Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 3+ readers Featured Books for 5+ readers Funny Stories about Animals

Rib-tickling rhyming yarn in which Bear discovers the joys of companionship

From the inventive author-illustrator of the award-winning There’s a Bear on My Chair comes this smart sequel, and boy has Ross Collins delivered again. It’s a rollicking, rhyming, visually-pleasing treat in which it turns out that Bear isn’t terribly keen on getting a taste of his own medicine (to begin with, at least).


The cause of Bear’s irritation is the presence of Mouse in his house (yes, the very same Mouse on whose chair Bear presumptuously sat in the first book). In Bear’s outraged words, “That rodent can’t live here, oh no! I’ll tell him that he has to go.” Of course, Mouse refuses to leave and proceeds to cause chaos in Bear’s house, before a mob of partying mice turn up. But then - the twist! – when Bear realises “Hey! These mice are nice!”


With wonderful interplay between text, illustration and design, this is excellent for reading aloud - the kind of book that will have toddlers urging for it to be read again, and again (and again) while completing the rhymes before adults have chance to read them.

Joanne Owen

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The Editor at Nosy Crow says: “Ohhh . . . you have such a treat in store! Often, sequels can be disappointing – it’s the curse of the tricky second album – but there are no such problems here. This time, Mouse gets his own back on Bear and the spreads just get funnier and funnier as you turn the page. It’s another Ross Collins classic.”


There's a Mouse in My House Synopsis

The long awaited sequel to the award-winning favourite, There's a Bear on My Chair, from bestselling author and illustrator, Ross Collins.

The tables have turned in this fantastically funny rhyming picture book. This time, it's Bear who has an unwelcome guest, and that cheeky mouse just won't leave. He's making a real commotion in Bear's house - eating all the food, listening to loud music and even spilling bathwater all over the floor! But when there's an unexpected knock at the door, Bear decides that perhaps mice are actually rather nice! A funny family story to share at bedtime (or any time!)

Every Nosy Crow paperback picture book comes with a free 'Stories Aloud' audio recording - just scan the QR code and listen along!

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781788008266
Publication date: 16/09/2021
Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781788008259
Publication date: 01/10/2020
Publisher: Nosy Crow
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781788008266
Publication date: 16th September 2021
Author: Ross Collins
Illustrator: Ross Collins
Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 32 pages
Suitable for: 3+ readers, 5+ readers
Genres: Bedtime Reading, Family / Home Stories, Funny, Animals

About Ross Collins

Ross Collins' primary 1 teacher, Mrs Spears, told his parents that he should go to art school. 13 years went by until he was finally 'old enough' to get into the Glasgow School of Art. Can you believe that? – 13 years. On graduating he won the Macmillan Prize for his first picture book. Since then he's illustrated over 100 books for children and written a few of them too. Several of them have won enormous glittering awards which he keeps in a box in Latvia. Ross' book The Elephantom was recently adapted into a critically acclaimed play by those clever people at the ...

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