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The Mouse Who Ate the Moon

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  251 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Little Mouse finds the moon so beautiful that she longs to have a piece of it all to herself. What happens when her wish comes true?

Little Mouse loves to look up at the moon every night. But one night, when a piece of the moon falls from the sky, she can't resist taking a little nibble. And another. Soon the moon is no longer round. What will happen to it now? Children wi
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Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Candlewick Press (first published January 1st 2014)
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Emily
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thought this was darling, potentially a new classic...then signed in and read all the 2-3-star reviews and now feel confused. Which is one reason I hate star ratings for books in general, and kick myself every time I rate one.

4 stars for me. I tend towards silly, loud, dynamic books in my storytimes (which skew too young for long narratives), and appreciated that this was softer and sweeter, yet still totally doable (captivating, even?) for a young crowd and chock-full of opportunities for mod
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Jennifer B.
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute! Truthfully, maybe not the best story, nor the best message for kids when you think about it, but I just loved the illustrations, and anything about mice.
Shandra
Oct 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
Very cute story, but I found one component of the artwork kind of disturbing...


Don't read this if you have read this book, and didn't notice. I told my fellow librarian and now she can't unsee it.


Are you sure?



Okay, hopefully this is enough space to protect those who don't want to know...


I found the mouse's face disturbing in 3/4 of the pictures. Both eyes on the same side of the head, and sometimes the smile, too. It just looked... wrong. Very, very wrong. I would've loved to read this for sto
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Michelle
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: picture-books
I only gave this two stars because I really didn't like the ending. The story is about a mouse who finds a "piece of the moon" (really a banana) and decides to eat a bit of it. It tastes so good that she ends up eating more of it than she intended. She immediately regrets eating the moon, but sees it in the sky the next night and realizes all is okay. The last line of the book is "And the big moon lit up the sky behind them, because really, nobody can eat the moon." Really? You know mice can't t ...more
Michael Fitzgerald
May 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
And what would have happened were it not a full moon that night?
Tanya
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Here comes mouse who wanted to eat the moon!! Sounds fun!! A mouse who wanted to own her piece of Moon. This seems to be every child's dream.

Illustrations are breathtaking with heart warming story about friends. Perfect for toddlers who dream of their own moon. While little mouse was settling to her bed she thought to have a piece all of her own. Next day when she woke up she saw a piece of moon had fallen from the sky. Her wish has come true. It smelled so delicious that she thought she should
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Mama Bibliosoph
Little Mouse wants a piece of the moon. In the morning, she mistakes a crescent-shaped banana for a piece of the moon. She eats half of it, but is soon remorseful about what she thinks she's done. Dragging the limp banana peel around she talks to other forest creatures who do their best to assure her that you can't eat the moon, and in the end the moon shines in the sky and she is relieved of her fear.

As Little Mouse makes her way through the forest, peek-a-boo pages let you see which animal is
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Dana Zielke
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lovely art!
Alexis T.
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Adorable book. Love the cut outs and love the ending where her friends helped her feel better.
Katelyn Patterson
Oct 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Before falling asleep, Little Mouse admired the moon. When she woke up the next morning, she found a piece of it had fallen on the ground outside of her hole! It smelled delicious so she takes a bite... and accidentally eats half of the slice of moon! Rabbit and Mole tell Little Mouse that no one can eat the moon but she is certain she did. That night they take her out to watch the full, round moon and they finish the rest of the slice of moon (really a banana) together.

Petr Horacek gives us a c
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Becky
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed reading The Mouse Who Ate The Moon. I liked Little Mouse very much. One night Little Mouse wishes she could have a piece of the moon. The next morning, she discovers that her wish has come true. She is delighted to find a piece of the yellow moon had fallen from the sky and landed on her doorstep. She never expected it. She also didn't expect to be tempted by it, tempted to want to eat it. One thing leads to another, and soon Little Mouse is convinced that she's eaten HALF the moon and ...more
Barbara
The beautiful, luminous moon fascinates Little Mouse who stares at each night and wishes she could have a piece of it. When she awakens and finds a banana, she thinks that she now has a piece of the moon. But the object smells so good that she can't resist tasting it, and eventually eats quite a lot. Frightened that she has caused the moon no longer to be round, Little Mouse feels terrible. Her friends Mole and Rabbit show her that the moon is just as round as ever once it appears in the sky. Th ...more
Tima
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Little mouse is lying in bed looking at the moon through the hole in her little house. She makes a wish to have just a tiny piece of the moon. The next morning when Little Mouse looks out of her hole she sees a slice lying on the ground. It smells so good that she eats half of it. She's horrified when she realizes that because of her appetite the moon will no longer be round. Her friends try to cheer her up, but it isn't until the moon comes out that night that she begins to feel better again.

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Christina
Dec 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: oppl
This book was pretty cute-the cutouts and different shape pages ("peek-through" style) were interesting, and the illustrations were vivid and bright. The story line itself is humorous, with the little mouse believing she accidentally ate part of the moon, because it fell from the sky and then smelled so good she couldn't resist taking a nibble, and then another, and another until half of it is gone. "Oh no! Now the moon won't be round anymore" she laments sadly. (In actuality the 'moon' piece is ...more
Jtimko
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: pre-school through grade 2
Mouse wants a piece of the moon. The next morning, a piece on the moon (a banana) appears before her. She eats half of it and then laments that she has eaten the moon. It is up to Mole and Rabbit to show her that no one can eat the moon. This is a humorous animal fantasy that presents a concept in a novel way. The bright colorful illustrations cover the entire page and the limited text make for a great story for the young. There are cut out pages that carry the story well. The animals are darlin ...more
Amy
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was giggling throughout this story! Mouse loves the moon. One morning, Mouse finds a banana, and thinking that it's a piece of the moon, goes to inspect it. It smells so good that she eats a nibble. Before she knows it, the whole thing is gone and she feels terrible that the moon will no longer be round. She walks around the forest depressed until some friends straighten her out. Kids who like Frank Asch's books like "Moongame" and Kevin Henkes' "Kitten's First Full Moon" will get a kick out o ...more
Paula
Jan 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
"Little Mouse loves to look up at the moon every night. But one night, when a piece of the moon falls from the sky, she can't resist taking a little nibble. And another. Soon the moon is no longer round. What will happen to it now? Children will be eager to turn the pages and peek through the holes in an amusing tale of temptation featuring Petr Horácek's bold, vibrant illustrations. Little Mouse finds the moon so beautiful that she longs to have a piece of it all to herself. What happens when h ...more
Cara Byrne
Apr 29, 2015 rated it liked it
A sweet book about a mouse who wants a piece of the moon - finds and eats a banana (which he thinks is the moon) - and has conversations with his friends bunny and mole. It's a nice book, though the "peek-through" dimension of it was not as creative as I had hoped it would be. A fast read with lots of dialogue - good for reading aloud.
Kristina Jean Lareau
This simple story of a mouse who wants to eat a piece of the moon is short with page cutouts to add interest. The cutouts, however, do not add any dimension to the story. The mouse learns that he didn't actually eat the moon (only a banana) and the art is bold and colorful to make a sweet story for a much younger audience.
Andy Harris
Jul 16, 2014 rated it liked it
i got a preview copy from the publisher and whilst it's a nice children's story with some great illustrations i'm not sure how much children would want to re-read this

at a list price of £10 it's not cheap - perhaps see if you can find a library copy to test out on the kids, if they love it and want to re-read then buy it
Cemeread
Dec 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: children
3.5 stars The rich colors of Peter Horacek are found in the mostly blue and green backgrounds in this story of a mouse who admires the moon. The mouse thinks a piece has fallen down ( see if readers know what is really is) and he is enticed to eat part of it. His friends show him he has not ruined the moon.
Lynn
Some parts of the illustrations are beautiful with bold, bright colors, others are simplistic- like the mouse, and when he's pulling the banana peel I had to reconsider what the yellow thing was.
Bold text in large font good for younger readers.
The cover says "A Peek-Through Story Book" but some of the pages are cutaways. However, the use of the cutaways is effective and interesting.
Biblioteca Lardero
Un pedazo de luna cae del cielo y el Ratoncito no puede resistirse a darle un mordisquito y otro ¿Pero qué le pasará ahora a la luna? ¿Ya no volverá a ser redonda? Un álbum troquelado para primeros lectores.
Mary
I love the design of this book - each page has a preview of the next through a little peep-hole. It is a short and simple story that is best for ECE level readers. There are animals, friends, and a moral to learn. I felt that the end was a bit forced, but I loved the rest of the book.
Heydi Smith
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids-storytime
A fantastic tale about a mouse who thinks he ate the moon (a banana).

This book was recommended to me by a co-worker and I am ashamed to say I've never had the pleasure of reading this book until now. Loved it!
Rebecca
Oct 09, 2015 rated it liked it
Oh no! Mouse ate the moon! Or maybe just a banana... a cute book with cut out pages and a very worried mouse. I would like to try it with an audience to see reactions, but I expect that the repetition and interesting pages would keep toddlers engaged.
Elizabeth
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
The illustrations are great and it kept the children's attention during storytime, but the cutouts aren't as fun or useful as they could be. The kids knew right away that Little Mouse had a banana, but that just made the story more fun for them, since they knew something Little Mouse did not.
Samantha
Mouse gazes adoringly at the moon each night and is surprised when she finds what she believes to be a piece of it on the ground. She delights in nibbling it (actually a banana) and is troubled when she considers that the moon may no longer be a perfect circle.

Great read aloud with PreK-2.
Clarissa
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Young children really enjoy knowing that the mouse has eaten a banana and not actually a part of the moon as she fears!
Holly
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
The illustrations are cute and fun. However, the overall story just didn't have much spark. Cute idea - just didn't deliver.
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Petr Horáček is the author-illustrator of LOOK OUT, SUZY GOOSE and SILLY SUZY GOOSE, as well as RUN, MOUSE, RUN!; BIRD, FLY HIGH; A NEW HOUSE FOR MOUSE; and STRAWBERRIES ARE RED. He lives in England.