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Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears

4.05  ·  Rating Details  ·  854 Ratings  ·  163 Reviews
Spiders: Little Mouse is afraid of them (arachnophobia).

Shadows: Little Mouse is afraid of those (sciaphobia).

In fact, Little Mouse is afraid of everything. Join her as she faces her fears and records them in her journal - and discovers that even the biggest people are afraid of some things.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 9th 2008 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published August 3rd 2007)
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Chelsea Humphrey
This book was kind of twisted and scary for a kid's book; I really enjoyed it though! It had lots of interactive flaps and maps that my daughter enjoyed.
Lisa Vegan
Oct 11, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adults & older kids and younger kids in therapeutic settings or reading without the huge words
Recommended to Lisa by: Chandra
I think this unique and unusual book is absolutely brilliant.

It’s hilarious and serious both. It can be appreciated on so many levels, by many different readers/listeners-viewers, including very young children (without the names of the phobias) and readers of all ages through adulthood.

It would make a fabulous gift for anyone undertaking a new, scary endeavor, or any phobia sufferer.

The last page is a hoot.

The illustrations, including a pull out map, are just wonderful.

Note: Readers are encour
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
What a peculiar book! Not really a story, not really non-fiction, but something in between. A little mouse lists the things he's afraid of. Most of these phobia words I've never heard of. What captures your attention is Gravett's cute, clever illustrations. Little Mouse's pencil gets shorter and shorter as he gnaws the end in fear. Bird feathers turn into monsters; some pages are torn, burnt, or dog-eared on the edges. I'm not sure that children will get the connection between fear of heights an ...more
Anna Laskownicka
Jun 01, 2015 Anna Laskownicka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Emily Gravett's book is definitely worth checking. 'Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears' is directed to young readers in order to make them aware that people might have different types of phobias. I very like that fears are depicted in a humorous way, therefore every child might go through the pages of this book without feeling distressed. The character of a little shy and skittish mouse is really appealing to me. As it goes through all the terrifying phobias, it looks scared itself, which might be ...more
Roxanne Hsu Feldman
This is a fantastic offer from a truly creative mind, and I believe also, from a team of designers and editors who put in so much in carrying out all the ideas: from the nibbled cover and pages, to the flip-the-flap effects, to the completely black page (yes, I was fooled in thinking, 'huh? this is the end of the book? No way...' and found out, to my great delight, that there is still half of the book to go and plenty more of information to come!) And of course, Gravett's talent in illustration ...more
Yelania Nightwalker

Abrir este libro es encontrarte con una edición preciosa. Desde la portada ya vemos cómo hay un hueco (donde se ve el ratoncito) como si alguien hubiera recortado esa página. Además, el mismo libro está lleno de ilustraciones y diversos formatos que la hacen parecer un libro antiguo. Realmente es maravilloso abrirlo sólo para disfrutar de todo el arte que tiene.


El principal objetivo de este libro es que los niños reconozcan sus miedos y que vean que no son los únicos que los tienen, el ratonc

Klaudia Maniakowska
I highly recommend this book, because it is as captivating as the rest of Emily Gravett’s works. Although “Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears” has the look and feel of a horror book, it is in fact an amusing picture book for children. Not only will it provide you with a set of different types of phobias, but it will also leave you with a warm sense that those who we are afraid of are usually scared of something as well.
Shannon Miller
Being that I was an extremely anxious kid myself, I thoroughly enjoyed this fun twist on common and some uncommon fears that kids and adults may experience. The interactive book includes incredible illustrations and even a pop out map! Great way to educate kids on phobias in a interesting, fun, and light-hearted way. The book provides the scientific terms of the fears but describes them through the text and illustrations, making them easy to understand, and even relate too. I plan on incorporati ...more
Another winner from the creative mind of Emily Gravett, this picture book gently and informatively pokes fun at several common fears while tossing in the words for the fears themselves; for instance, arachnophobia (fear of spiders), rupophobia (fear of dirt), and the witty whereamiophobia (the fear of getting lost)all are examined through text and illustrations. Like all of us, Little Mouse has quite a few fears, and she can barely make it through the day because of all those fears--until the su ...more
Dec 14, 2008 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
This is my third five-star review of the day, but I have been reading some outstanding books lately! I heard the delightful Emily Gravett speak at NCTE last month and immediately ordered two of her picture books. She shared with us her sketchbook that she used as she was creating Little Mouse, and I knew I had to have the book! I am a huge fan of collage, and this book is filled with quirky, detailed illustrations made from a variety of materials. The vocabulary is also intriguing. Each page pro ...more
Vicki Kier
Dec 24, 2012 Vicki Kier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-the-child
The story within Emily Gravett's second Kate Greenaway medal winning Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears is cleverly hidden beneath a layer of ingeniously illustrated dictionary of common phobias. Accompanying exhibits of Little Mouse's fears are technical terms for them, written above a "Use the space below to record your fears" line. This instruction is unfortunate for a couple of reasons: there's little room to add much on many of the pages, which are elaborately filled with mixed media artwork ...more
May 28, 2015 Carolinee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
I must admit that Emily Gravett has her own distinct style of creating picture books and I am fascinated with it. Her books are intriguing and well-crafted. The illustrations and additional stuff included in the books are amazing. When it comes to the “Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears”, I really appreciate the map included which is something that one can analyze for a long time. I also like flaps and booklets because they make the book even more interesting. Even though the book presents differe ...more
Anna Stover
Jun 12, 2014 Anna Stover rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So clever and funny and brilliant! Dear mouse, please be my friend. I will not tear out the pages of your little book, unlike the kids in my public library. I shall protect you from all scary things and feed your cheese.
Oct 07, 2012 Dolly rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, science, 2012
This is an odd book, with many different cutouts and interesting details that help describe the many fears a little mouse has. Each page has its own dedicated page, with lots of space and invitations to write about your own fears, too. The illustrations are nicely detailed, with fun cutouts, flaps and a creative use of mixed media. Overall, there's not a lot of story, but still the book is entertaining. I, too, was fooled by the all black pages; could this possibly be the end of the book? Nope! ...more
Katelyn Dauer
Feb 17, 2016 Katelyn Dauer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears is about a little mouse going through his day to day life and coming face to face with all of his greatest fears. I think this is a great book for kids because it help show that maybe a fear you may have, someone else could have too! My absolute favorite part of the book is that it is a mix of fiction and non-fiction. It tells the story about the mouse, but also gives real definitions of what each of his fears are, and the proper medical diagnosis. I've never see ...more
Brittany Trinh
Feb 08, 2016 Brittany Trinh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: project-1
APA: Gravett, E. (2008). Little Mouse's big book of fears. New York: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.

Review: As much as everyone hates or FEARS mice, did you know they are scared of a lot more things? We take a different perspective in life, but through the eyes of a little mouse. It’s interesting to see some of the things he is scared of. Some of the things are relatable to us. For example, the little mouse is afraid of spiders, what’s under the bed, and being alone in the dark. So
Sep 12, 2014 J.S. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vine, childrens
Is there a name for the fear of fold-out and pop-up books getting ruined?

Little Mouse is afraid of many things: spiders, shadows, knives, and cats, of course. He draws pictures of them all in this "journal" of fears. But at least there's one thing that's always afraid of him.

This is a very clever book. The story isn't complicated; each page is a different fear with minimal story-text. I thought it unusual that a children's book would have the names and definitions for various phobias (such as a
Drew Graham
Aug 13, 2015 Drew Graham rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids
Little Mouse is scared of a lot of things. Through this interactive (or something) scrapbook she learns about and tries to overcome them.

I had heard this was THE Emily Gravett book to read, and I found myself distinctly underwhelmed by it. Maybe I just didn't get it (are you supposed to fill in the pages yourself? or did LM already do it and you're just supposed to observe her weird reactions to her every phobia?), but it seemed messy and kind of boring, and definitely not at all right for readi
Roshni Hirani
Mar 21, 2014 Roshni Hirani rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I used this book during SBT2 with a Year 5 class. We focused on the book during Speaking and Listening Week.
This book follows a little mouse who has put together a book containing all his fears - for example spiders, the dark, heights, all of which I think most children can relate to. What the book lacks in text, is more than made up for by the brilliant creativeness of the author. I looked through the book twice by myself and was still spotting new things hidden away in the pages when I introd
Ah, the dust jacket has a hole gnawed through it by the mouse. I love the design, and the PandaBat appreciated the reinforcement of the idea that everyone is afraid of something, and many people are afraid of many things. Gravett is awesome, as is the design of this book. Did I menntion how cool the design is?
Joanne G.
Sep 19, 2014 Joanne G. rated it really liked it
Little Mouse is scared of dogs, cats, birds--everything! As he relates all of his fears, the book progresses to a satisfying ending where Little Mouse scares someone else.

It's always a special treat to find a children's book that is a delight for adults to read, too. The artwork and creativity of LMBBoF is a tactile and visual delight. Subtly tucked away in the upper corner of the pages are the adult definitions of each fear: aichmophobia (fear of knives), ornithophobia (fear of birds), cynopho
Jul 28, 2014 Genee121 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Emily Gravett’s Little Mouse’s Big Book of fears is a peculiar yet clever book. The book lists the fears of an extremely anxious mouse. I couldn’t help but laugh while reading this book. Gravett pokes fun at some common fears while mixing in the words for the fear themselves. For example, using the word arachnophobia (fear of spiders), and the hilarious whereamiphobia (the fear of getting lost). Throughout the book, readers see cutouts in the pages, edges that looked as if chewed on and flaps to ...more
Jun 22, 2016 Matthew rated it it was amazing
This book is one of those unexpected delights that a person stumbles across once in a great while. This book isn't text heavy. It is largely told through the illustrations, which are artfully nibbled away by Little Mouse as she lists her many phobias. Of course, the moment of true joy comes at the end when Little Mouse is able to take solace in the fact that as frightened as she is of the world around her, she can still be a cause of fright for many human beings. This book is a real treasure, th ...more
Sep 08, 2014 Garren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A compendium of phobias. That part reminded me of Nightmare Ned. The art style is what really makes this book worthwhile: layered mixed media and a couple pages of unfoldable poster-ish things. Not to mention the creative shape of page edges to give the impression of it being rat-nibbled. One of the foldouts is a map of an imaginary island of phobias, with lots of details worth pursuing. There are simple pages and pages of very dense information, for anyone who wants to spend more time. The fine ...more
Dec 29, 2008 Huda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: en-pic-books
I liked its illustration ; completing, explaining
Jun 02, 2015 Dominik rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The design of the book is absolutely amazing. I derived a lot of pleasure just from looking at these pages - some are covered in splodges, some are yellowed, some are jagged, and there are even holes in some of them. The colors tend to be rather gloomy and darkish and some people may perceive them as monotonous, but in my opinion they perfectly harmonize with the theme of the book, which is fear.
The book presents different types of phobias, each of which is accompanied by an appropriate picture
Marianne Shorten
Jun 28, 2014 Marianne Shorten rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This beautifully designed book lists the fears of an anxious mouse.From Clinophobia (fear of going to bed) to Teratophobia (fear of going to bed) to Sciaphobia (fear of shadows) many young children will find something to relate to here. There are photographs, fold out pictures and space for children to record their own fears.
The book could be used as a class reader for an EYFS class or for independent reading. It could also be used in a PSHE lesson or to help anxious children to overcome their
Oct 28, 2008 Tasha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture-books
Little Mouse has found a big book that explains phobias one-by-one. On each page, he has space to document his own personal fears that fit under that phobia. The book starts with arachnophobia and ends, wonderfully, with musophobia (the fear of mice.) Throughout the book, there are cutouts in the pages, chewed on edges, and flaps to lift, that bring this story even more fully to life.

The book design here is the star, starting with the title page's cutout that shows Little Mouse peeking out and t
Cameron Kisselbaugh
As a child, there are things that you might be afraid because either you do not understand them or they just plain creep you out. "Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears" is written and illustrated by Emily Gravetts, and it brings humor to phobias that people of all ages might have. It follows the story of a little, unnamed mouse who goes through all of his different fears from hydrophobia (fear of water) to whereamiphobia (fear of getting lost). Each page introduces the reader to a different fear and ...more
Amy Forrester
Apr 15, 2012 Amy Forrester rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Little Mouse is afraid of lots of things: spiders, loud noises, sharp objects, getting lost, the list goes on and on. Little Mouse uses her pencil and collage elements (photos, newspaper clippings, found objects) to record and illustrate her fears. Just when you think there’s no hope for Little Mouse, she realizes that even though she’s afraid of nearly everything, there are humans who are afraid of her!

The text is very minimal and all written from Little Mouse’s point of view. But don’t turn th
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Emily Gravett is twice winner of the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal and the Nestlé Children's Book Prize Bronze Award for WOLVES and LITTLE MOUSE'S BIG BOOK OF FEARS. An author/illustrator of unique talent and tremendous skill, she has a host of critically acclaimed books to her name, including BLUE CHAMELEON, WOLF WON'T BITE! and AGAIN! Emily lives in Brighton with her partner and their daughte ...more
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