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Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  657 ratings  ·  136 reviews
Young children will identify with the little mouse who documents his fears in the pages of this book - from loud noises and the dark to being sucked down the plughole. Original and innovative, with flaps, die-cuts and even a hilarious fold-out map, this is another extraordinary picture book from the creator of WOLVES, winner of the 2005 Kate Greenaway Medal and Nestle Awar ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 3rd 2007 by MacMillan UK
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Lisa Vegan
Oct 11, 2012 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Yes the design is stunning. But flamboyance alone doesn't make for a classic. I found no depth, nothing to really help those of us who are fearful. And I don't understand why the pages are designed as yellowed and splotched - what does that have to do with fearfulness? If this text were done in a little story collection with simple line drawings I actually think I'd've appreciated more than I did here. *However* I did like Wolves and I will look for more by the author at my library.

ETA - and wha
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
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
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
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
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
Anna Stover
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 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2012, childrens, science
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
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
Roshni Hirani
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
Joanne G.
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
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
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
I liked its illustration ; completing, explaining
Marianne Shorten
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
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 Musser
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
This is a cute book with incredibly detailed and fun illustrations that would be best read by students individually than through read-aloud. Each page is taken from a book of phobias, showing a different phobia, and Little Mouse's own fears drawn/written on each book page. Some of the pages even have cutouts and lift-the-flap pieces, making it seem as though the book is tattered. Great endpages, too, with lots of detail adding to the story.
Brienz Wilkening
This is such a cute book about a mouse going through the book talking about all different types of fears. I like this book because I didn't even know what some of the fears were so it was fun to read about them. In addition each page of the book had something new and different about it that made the book very interesting to look at. It was one of those books that each time you read it you would find something you had not seen before.
Mackenzie Beals
Each page of this book tells one of mouse's fears and gives the name of each fear. This little mouse seems to be afraid of everything. The illustrations are creative and some look as if they jump out of the page. This book would prompt many classroom discussions about common fears. The moral of the story is that even big people still are afraid of some things.
This is such a cute book! The design of it is great. This book has many different things going on on each page. For example, on one of the pages there is a newspaper article, and it folds so the kids and unfold a piece of the article. On another page there is a folded up map for the kids to unfold and look at. All the pages are distressed and look beat up. Its an extremely clever way to have a book. It would definitely keep a child’s attention. Also on the pages when the mouse says what he is af ...more
The only word I can think to describe this book is unique. Children would really be able to relate to the mouse, because the mouse has the same fears that most young children do. It also would allow them to see from the mouse's perspective when it comes to mice being afraid of humans.
Jennifer Parker
I wasn't sure a b out the lack of words said in the book, however I overall thought the style and presentation was done in a clever manner. The book also allows for the engage and write down or draw pictures of their fears or the idea of the fear listed on that particular page.
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?
Norah Almusharraf
Smart and fabulous illustrations and creations.
I like this book so so much. It is not a story and at the same time, it is not facts book. It is like a psychological treatment. I recommend this book to be as a curriculum in the first year of children learning life. Usually, when children enter kindergarten, they refuse to come again to school because they feel fear. So, this book will be as a treatment if it is used in an appropriate way.
Oct 02, 2008 Rebecca rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Mini Grey
Recommended to Rebecca by: Marisa -- thanks!!
I wish I could think of a good name for books in which the book itself is an object, or the action leaves the page (I can think of Wiesner's Three Little Pigs, but I know there are more). This is one such book. Little Mouse has re-appropriated this Book of Fears and each page shows just how scary Fear of Bathing, Fear of Being Eaten, and more are for a mouse. Further pondering may lead you to realize how many "mouse scenarios" from nursery rhymes have been referenced! The mixed-media illustratio ...more
Tina Mcconkie
I like the concept of this book. It has very interesting pages, details, and cutouts. It also has space to record your own fears and thinking. The would be a great book to share with students to generate response.
Catherine Austen
She is becoming one of my favourite picture book author/illustrators. I just love her style, the collage work, the bits and pieces that make every book a work of art. This one did not disappoint.
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Emily has finished her final year of an illustration degree at Brighton University.
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