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Bless This Mouse

3.66  ·  Rating Details ·  980 Ratings  ·  229 Reviews
A resilient and quirky colony of church mice fears another Great X more than they fear cats. Under Mouse Mistress Hildegarde's leadership, they save themselves from one danger after another--sometimes just by the skin of their tails! Can one ultimate act of bravery during the feast day of St. Francis get Father Murphy to bless these mice and keep them safe forever?

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ebook, 160 pages
Published March 21st 2011 by Houghton Mifflin (first published January 1st 2011)
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The reader for this sweet, yet slyly funny, tale about mice trying to survive the Great X at their church home is perfect. She does a lovely job with the various mice voices.

A fun listen. Even my four year-old enjoyed it - although I did have to explain to him what an exterminator does and why the mice were so nervous about one coming. There was also quite a bit of church-related vocabulary that needed some explanation for him as well (sacristy, narthex, etc.). However, he understood the
Feb 13, 2011 Somer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Basics
Title: Bless This Mouse
Author: Lois Lowry
Expected publication: March 21st 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Format Read: Net Galley ARC e-book

What made me keep turning the page?
• It was a quick, light hearted read
• Lessons of forgiveness and teamwork were learned throughout the book
• The story and characters were charming

Any complaints?
• Not as much action as I would like
• Late Elementary School students, early middle school students
• Would be a great read aloud to yo
Aug 12, 2011 Leslie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, august-2011
My family started this as an audio book recently. We like everything we've ready by Lois Lowry until this one. I keep an open mind (for the most part) but we decided to stop it and not finish the book. At what point did we decide to stop? It wasn't at the beginning when the protagonist, Hildegarde, is trying to stop the mice from reproducing (which can instantly bring up questions from kids and while I know this story is about mice, they are mice with names that talk which makes it not as harmle ...more
Jul 03, 2011 Laura5 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a sweet, sweet story. The audio version was wonderful with many great mousy voices.
There is a lot of harder vocabulary in this short, sweet read, perhaps making it a better read aloud. A lot of vocabulary is connected to Christian church terms, practices, and traditions - readers may need support with this.
Apr 24, 2011 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lois Lowry just does it for me, and Bless This Mouse was no exception. Her writing is, as always, humorous, lovely, and humbling all at once. This is really such a cute book, pick it up for your kids if you're able and give it a read yourself, you won't be disappointed.
Bailey Wimberly
Nov 17, 2016 Bailey Wimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a fun and adorable book! I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Mar 02, 2011 Luke marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Dane will see this...
Hannah Carlin
Mar 11, 2017 Hannah Carlin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was ridiculously cute and sweet. Hannah loved it.
Melissa Roach
Mar 25, 2011 Melissa Roach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A resilient and quirky colony of church mice fears another Great X more than they fear cats. Under Mouse Mistress Hildegarde’s leadership, they save themselves from one danger after another—sometimes just by the skin of their tails! Can one ultimate act of bravery during the feast day of St. Francis get Father Murphy to bless these mice and keep them safe forever?

Lois Lowry spins an enchanting tale of a colony of church mice that go about their lives content in what they can forage f
Sep 26, 2016 Geoff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My family listened to this audiobook on a road trip, and finished the whole thing in one day. It was wonderful! The premise is adorable, the plot is compelling, and the portrayal of Christianity and church-life is remarkably sincere. This is a chapter book for young readers, that grown-ups will enjoy just as much.
May 24, 2011 Janeen-san rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was adorable! I picked it up and the library about two weeks ago, but unfortunately didn't have time to read it immediately. However, it was worth the wait! Today, I finally finished all my work and could settle down, at last, for a read! Sadly, this book was very short and I finished it in one sitting. After the last page I really wished the story would continue! This was such a cute book. I love stories about mice (or, as I call them, meeces) and have written a story about meeces mys ...more
I began reading this book with more bias than I realized. My relationship with Lowry's books is hit and miss; I admit I was prepared to dislike this book. Also, the mice and their struggle for survival kept making me think of Kate DiCamillo's Tale of Despereaux, which is one of my favorite children's books. So yes, I admit I may not have given this book a fair shake as I turned the first pages.

Let's begin with Hildegarde, the Mouse Mistress responsible for keeping her colony of mice safe in thei
Mar 30, 2011 Beverly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advanced reader's copy of Bless This Mouse by Lois Lowry back in early January. I am appalled at how long it has taken me to get to this wonderful book, but shortly after receiving the galley, I had two surgeries. The galley got pushed aside in all the recovery and follow up.

Summary: Bless This Mouse tells the story of a group of church mice, led by Mouse Mistress Hildegarde and their efforts to avoid The Big X. Hildegarde is responsible for keeping all 200 plus mice who live at St
Oct 18, 2010 Jill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
My earliest memory ofLois Lowry is from reading The Giver sometime in middle school- perhaps lateelementary school. I admit, I remember it so clearly because it was one ofthose rare mandatory reads for school that I actually enjoyed reading. So muchso that even though I long ago lost/sold the original copy I had of it, a fewyears ago I couldn’t resist getting it again. Much later, in fact, it wasn’tuntil I was in college, I experienced her work again with the book Number theStars. Again, it was ...more
Mari - loves to read
Mar 17, 2011 Mari - loves to read rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
My summary:
The church mice living in St. Bartholomew’s church has been spotted inside the church one too many times and their leader fear it will bring on the Great X. The mice fear the Great X more than cats but on the feast day of St. Francis people bring their animals to church for blessing. That means the church might be filled with cats. Under the leadership of Mouse Mistress Hildegarde the colony has to save them from great danger and at the same time she has to keep an eye out for what he
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Let me begin by saying that my favorite part of the story were the illustrations. The writing is good, as one expects from Lois Lowry, but the pictures were just so charming. I love looking at them, and they were a large part of why I requested this title from NetGalley, even though children's fiction is not my particular niche.

The story is cute and simple, teaching children some big words, like narthex ans sacristy, without feeling at all like a lesson. In fact, although the mice live in the ch
Oct 28, 2011 Chrissy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The writer shows such creativity with this quick and light read, took only a matter of an hour or so. Originally I downloaded this from our library to my kindle to see if it would be something I would read to my 9 month old daughter based on the cover of the book. The library didn't have any info on the title, just a picture of the cover. So I was assuming this was a picture style book for little kids. This turned out to be a short novel for a child around 8-10 years of age.

This is about mice t
I wanted to read this book because of the author and illustrator. I really enjoyed Lowry's Newbery books, so I thought I would give her younger chapter book a try. And I LOVE Eric Rothman's illustrations. Adore them, actually! They are so sweet throughout the whole book.

This book has a cute premise and the story was absolutely darling. However, the whole time I was reading it, I was trying to picture who the audience would be. Would parents who do not take their children to some sort of church w
Sarah BT
Mar 09, 2011 Sarah BT rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how Ms. Lowry does it! Bless This Mouse is a wonderful read that has the feel of an old fashioned classic. The story is new, but reading it feels like visiting with an old friend. This book is sure to be treasured by readers.

Perfect for a bedtime read-aloud, Bless This Mouse is a fun animal tale that is full of humor and wit. From the first chapter about Hildegarde getting upset about the bad timing of babies, I was hooked and laughing from the start. Hildegarde is a somewhat toug
Mar 18, 2011 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read Lois Lowry's dystopian novels and found them dark, darker than I would recommend for kids the age for which they are written, but that's just me. I'm not sure what I expected when I requested this title from NetGalley except that it would be well written, but I was charmed by this sweet story of the plucky Mistress of the Mice who made it her personal mission to keep all the mice in the church safe not only from the ordinary dangers of a couple of spring traps but also the extraordinar ...more
Jul 05, 2011 Jodie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, net-galley, kids
Hildegarde is Mouse Mistress of Saint Bartholemew’s. As the Mouse Mistress she is in charge of seeing that all the mice at St. Bart's are kept safe and stay out of human sight. When some of her mice friends are seen by humans, Hildegarde worries the Great X will happen. And on top of that, the Blessing of the Animals, which includes cats, is just weeks away. Determined to keep them safe, Hildegarde comprises a plan.

While this book is directed for kids, I was quite surprised at some of the conte
Patricia Powell
“Bless This Mouse” by (Newbery winner) Lois Lowry (Houghton 2011) and illustrated by (Caldecott winner) Eric Rohmann is written in a slightly old-fashioned style and could be a classic-in-the making.
Hildegarde, Mouse Mistress of St. Bartholomew church, must keep the church mice safe. They know the Great X is coming. The adept reader will discover on his own that the X is the Exterminator—Pest Control—No-More-Rodents. Not only is the Great X on the way, so is the Blessing of Animals and that wil
Miss Pippi the Librarian
Bless This Mouse shows us a small glimpse into the lives of church mice. In only a few days, the mice experience a Great X and the Blessings of the Animals. Mouse Mistress Hildegarde watches over her colony and figures out what is best for everyone to survive.

I selected this book because it was new, short and a book by a well-known author. My first impressions were shot the ground. The direction of this book was nothing that I pictured in my head. Lowry shares the simple lives of mice - eat, sle
Jul 12, 2011 Treasa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Hildegarde is the Mouse Mistress of the church mice in St. Bartholemew's. This means that she navigates the mice through various difficulties, such as hiding from humans, getting through the yearly Blessing of the Animals (cats!), and escaping from the dreaded Great X. She cares about every mouse who lives in the church... except maybe Lucretia, who wants to be Mouse Mistress herself.

There were things I liked about this book - the ending especially (and not because it meant the book was over, bu
Mar 16, 2011 Heidi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hildegarde is in charge of a group of mice who live inside an actively used church. Her job is to make sure the mice are taken care of but especially to make sure that the mice are not discovered. If the mice are discovered there is sure to be a Great X. Unfortunately, Hildegarde cannot be everywhere at once and several mice sightings by members of the church congregation do indeed lead to a forced evacuation so the mice can avoid the Great X. And what will happen if the blessing on the animals, ...more
Feb 03, 2015 Starry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile, fiction
Too bad. I wanted to like this book about church mice: I am always interested in how books address, or intersect with, faith. Plus, it's by Lois Lowry--a rock star in the world of kid lit! But the main characters are not likeable, and the plot is not interesting.

Plot: Hildegarde, the leader of a colony of church mice, must protect her charges from the dangers of the exterminator and from the cats expected at the annual Blessing of the Animals.

I disliked the main character, because she seemed a
May 02, 2011 Samantha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hildegarde is the Mouse Mistress of St. Bartholemew's and it's a BIG job; she is charged with the mission of protecting 219 church mice! When multiple mice are sighted around the church, Father Murphy calls the exterminator and Hildegarde organizes a mass exodus to ensure the mice community's safety and security. Her plan works, but then the mice must figure out how to avoid all the traps which are made of glue and mean certain death by starvation if they are caught. Again Hildegarde comes up wi ...more
Mistress Mouse, Hildegard leads the 220 church mice of St. Bartholomew's with dignity and wisdom. Always on the lookout for new dangers, she is especially conscience of October 8th, the Blessings of the Animals when cats (the mice's mortal enemies) will be invading their domain. She has to find a way to keep them all safe! But, the youngsters in the group are not very careful and are seen by too many humans...that's when Father Murphy calls the Great X. Yes, the pest exterminator! Now, Hildegard ...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Bless This Mouse is a cute, fun read that young animal lovers will enjoy as they go on an adventure and get to know Hildegarde, the church mouse. Hildegarde is a leader of a colony of mice who live in St. Bartholowmew's church and having been spotted one too many by the members of the congregation, they are in danger of extermination. Luckily Hildegarde is not only courageous, but she's also smart and will do whatever she can to protect the her group from the dangers that surround them both insi ...more
**Disclaimer** I tend to dislike anthropomorphic animals...
Hildegarde is the Mouse Mistress of a group of church mice (219 to be exact) and she is responsible for their safety and well being. When she finds out that there is going to be a repeat of "The Great X" she must find a way to keep her church mice safe from harm.
Ultimately anti-climatic. Hildegard is only a partially drawn character and the other characters in the book seem to have personalities that were forced upon them as opposed to a
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Taken from Lowry's website:
"I’ve always felt that I was fortunate to have been born the middle child of three. My older sister, Helen, was very much like our mother: gentle, family-oriented, eager to please. Little brother Jon was the only boy and had interests that he shared with Dad; together they were always working on electric trains and erector sets; and later, when Jon was older, they always
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