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Cheer Up, Mouse!

3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  184 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
Mouse feels lower than low. His forest friends, including Badger, Hedgehog, Rabbit, and Mole all knock themselves out trying to cheer up the little guy, to no avail. In the end, all Mouse really needs is a hug! Jed Henry’s wonderful illustrations, in watercolor pastels and colored pencils, beautifully complement the spare text. Readers will love seeing all the exuberant ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published January 15th 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Wonderful animal illustrations, Absolutely love that mole. Story goes on a little bit longer than necessary to underline the point, but the wordless ending is touching.
Layla & Rachel
Apr 02, 2013 Layla & Rachel rated it it was ok
Shelves: library-books
Let's start this out in a positive note - the illustrations in Jed Henry's Cheer Up, Mouse! are just delightful. We want to rip the pages out and frame them for Layla's room.

We suppose if Layla was an older child who could read by herself that this book would have received more stars. But alas, she's only one and a half and cannot read. As a read-aloud for a little girl, this book flopped. We totally didn't even get from the illustrations that mouse was that sad. There were illustrations of anim
Feb 08, 2013 Samantha rated it really liked it
Mouse's friends try what they all know best to cheer him up, but when nothing works they get back to the basics with a good old fashioned hug.

FABULOUS artwork is created with watercolors, pastels, colored pencils, and finished digitally. The wordless spreads are very effective at conveying the thoughts and emotions of the animals.
Jan 27, 2013 Elisabeth rated it liked it
Lovely and inviting art lends to a nice story about what it means to be a friend and the value of a simple hug. Tankard's Grumpy Bird meets Wilson/Chapman's Bear books.
Lynda Shoup
Lovely illustrations make this book a joy to look at, but the real power is in teaching compassion and how to support a friend who is feeling down. Great addition to the 200 shelf.
Edward Sullivan
Dec 12, 2012 Edward Sullivan rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
There are times when everyone just needs a hug. A cheerful, comforting story about empathy.
I love how this particular book starts the story on the title page. In fact, the first part of the story on the title page and the verso page is important even though there isn’t any text that is part of the actual story. Mouse is sad and the other animals are worried (this is what we learn on the title page). Almost all of them try doing something to cheer up Mouse (this is what we see on the verso page). But no, Mouse is still sad. Then one by one all of the animals start trying to do things a ...more
Despite his animal friends' best efforts, nothing can cheer up poor Mouse. His friends try all sorts of things such as lifting him into the air, bouncing him on a tablecloth, even rolling him around, but nothing seems to help. Finally, he gets a hug from one furry friend, and his despondency seems to disappear. Readers never find out the source of his misery, but the book's message is clear. Sometimes it helps just to know someone cares enough to share a tender touch. The illustrations, created ...more
Sarah Hutchinson
Jan 27, 2013 Sarah Hutchinson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: caldecott-award
Cheer Up Mouse! is a charming tale of how all of Mouse’s friends come together to try and cheer up mouse. Each character takes a turn at trying to cheer up Mouse by doing things that that animal loves to do. In the end the thing that cheers up Mouse is getting a hug from Chipmunk and then a group hug from all of his friends. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful and were created by using watercolors, pastels, colored pencils and digitally. The illustrations are phenomenal and extremely ...more
Nov 18, 2013 babyhippoface rated it really liked it
All Mouse's animal friends take turns trying to cheer him up, but nothing seems to work until Chipmunk gently offers what is needed--a hug.

These are the cutest little animals you ever did see. Just adorable, all of them, and poor Mouse, he really does look sad. Each animal takes Mouse off on a brief mini-adventure, doing things they like to do, and boy, are there some fabulous alliterative action verbs here: flap and flutter, dip and dive, skip and skitter, climb and clamber, chirp and whistle,
Allison Parker
Feb 08, 2013 Allison Parker rated it really liked it
When a friend's down in the dumps (and you're not), all efforts to snap them out of their funk are usually frustrating. Here, the forest animals each take a turn to cheer up their friend Mouse, and each fails in the same way. Bird takes him on a flying trip; Frog escorts him to the pond. Mole shoves him into some earthy tunnels; Hedgehog rolls him down a hill. The reader sees the problem right away: what makes one happy doesn't always translates to another. Only the sympathetic Chipmunk knows ...more
Nov 29, 2015 Kaitlyn rated it it was amazing
Cheer Up, Mouse!, by Jed Henry, is an adorable picture book for young children. The story follows a sad mouse and all of his woodland friends trying to cheer him up in various ways. The book takes you through beautiful illustrations that help tell the story – not relying on words alone. There is repetition and rhyming to keep the young reader intrigued and enhance language skills.
Cheer Up, Mouse! is also educational in the sense that it teaches young children about the different animals that li
Mar 10, 2013 Ina rated it liked it
Shelves: storytime-reads
All the beautifully illustrated animals in the forrest, including a variety of birds, a badger, rabbit, hedgehog and musical squirrel try to cheer up little mouse. Even though each animal shares their favorite activity sure to make him smile, nothing works. Until a little chipmunk makes a simple gesture - gives mouse a hug - and finally makes mouse smile. The illustrations in this book are wonderful and sure to make even the grumpiest reader smile....but the simple text did not seem to match the ...more
May 15, 2016 Haizelbear rated it really liked it
Shelves: ed-230h
This book is about a mouse who doesn't feel very good. All his friends in the forest try to cheer him up by encouraging him do what they like, but nothing seems to help. In the end, a chipmunk gives the mouse a hug, and makes him smile. The illustrations are done in watercolor, pastel, and colored pencils. I would use this book to teach that doing something you like to try and cheer someone else up isn't always going to work, sometimes all they need is a simple gesture that shows you're thinking ...more
Jun 01, 2013 Alice rated it liked it
We all need a hug. This books is a bunch of caring friends trying to cheer up mouse. They try everything they can think of but nothing works. Until the chipmunk offers mouse a hug...then it is all good. So, this book has words -plus, but there are several pages where you have to interpret the story (like the hugs...or what I assume is the hugs) so you never know. I like the illustrations and the expressions on the animals faces.
Karen Burt
Aug 19, 2013 Karen Burt rated it liked it
Mouse is feeling down and nothing can make him feel better. All his friends try to help by doing things they like to do, but nothing helps mouse feel better until squirrel gives mouse a simple hug! The illustrations are colorful and help explain how different animals live such as mole rats, frogs, birds and other animals in the forest.
Aletheia Ubben
Mar 21, 2015 Aletheia Ubben rated it it was amazing
A touching book with delightful, intelligent illustrations. I found myself quite keen on seeing how it would end. (Aletheia's review: "This book was the perfect size for my wingspan - I used my own hands to hold it by the edges - and the pictures made me sing with happiness. Which is ironic, since it's about a melancholy mouse.")
Amanda Augsburger
Apr 30, 2013 Amanda Augsburger rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-reads
Mouse’s friends take on the task of cheering up their glum little pal. As they all try to put a smile on his face, it starts to seem like nothing will work — until chipmunk steps in.

This beautifully illustrated book would be a fantastic lap read for an older toddler or preschooler. Due to the spare text, it probably wouldn’t be an ideal storytime read — but could work for a small group.
Sarah Gleydura
Aug 28, 2014 Sarah Gleydura rated it really liked it
This story was nice because it showed all sorts of different animals trying to cheer up their little friend, Mouse. This was a good friendship story. Although the reader does not really know what exactly Mouse is upset about, in the end it does not matter, because Mouse has true friends to cheer him up. It was a good moral story for children.
Mar 08, 2013 Bethany rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks
A very sweet tale of a small mouse who is feeling down. All the other animals try in their unique ways to cheer up Mouse, but all the exciting attempts still leave mouse feeling sad. Until one little creature solves everything with something so simple. A hug. Lovely, and lively, illustrations move the story along well on the few wordless pages that occur throughout.
Cherilyn Latimer
Oct 22, 2015 Cherilyn Latimer rated it really liked it
This was a good story about how all the animals get together to cheer up their friend the mouse. This is a good lesson in life that can teach children to help their friends if they are feeling a little sad or if they just need some cheering up to do. I would recommend this to little kids because the story line is good along with the lessons it can teach.
Jan 25, 2013 Peacegal rated it it was amazing
I loved the illustrations and the theme. Mouse is very sad. His friends try to cheer him up by roping him into activities THEY enjoy (sound familiar?) Eventually, they see all Mouse really needed was a hug from a close friend.
Elaine Bearden
Jan 26, 2013 Elaine Bearden rated it really liked it
Really nice illustrations accompany this familiar, but nonetheless universally-appealing story of the animals trying to cheer up mouse, when what he really needs is a hug. Whimsical, strong colored art.
Charming! Mouse is feeling sad, but all the animals efforts to cheer him up fail (and may even make it worse--swimming with frogs is not so much fun for mice, neither is climbing trees with bird!). Until chipmunk tries a hug, which is just what mouse needs.
Mouse is having a down day and his friends are working really hard to cheer him up....turns out a hug is what he needs to set him on the way toward feeling better!

Fabulous art and simple storyline equals a wonderful book for children!
Nov 17, 2013 Kayla rated it liked it
3 stars for the illustrations, 2 for the writing. The story feels like it should rhyme, but doesn't, creating a sort of awkwardness for the reader. The ending is cute, but overall nothing spectacular. I would've given the illustrations 4 stars, but the chipmunk looks more like a tiny dog to me.
Danielle Taylor
Mar 30, 2015 Danielle Taylor rated it it was ok
Shelves: book-selection
I did not really like this book because I couldn't tell just from the text who was speaking. I had to look at the pictures to figure out what was going on.
Aug 23, 2013 Kim rated it really liked it
So cute. Each animal tries to cheer a mouse up but by doing what THEY like. Finally a chipmunk goes over and gives the mouse a hug and everything is better.
Jan 15, 2015 Jacquie rated it it was amazing
The illustrations are beautiful and the moral is a simple, yet endearing one, especially for children.
Wonderful illustrations but all the animals that want to help mouse are a little overwhelming and use their habits to cheer up mouse.
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Jed Henry has illustrated several children’s books. This is his first with Candlewick Press. He lives in Utah.
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