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Walter the Lazy Mouse

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  260 ratings  ·  57 reviews
The classic 1937 tale by award-winning author Marjorie Flack is back in print for the first time in decades!

Walter is a lazy mouse. He is so lazy that he always misses school and spends all his time in bed. He is so lazy that eventually his family forgets about him and moves away…without him. Alone and scared, Walter heads out into the world to search for his family. He tr
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published June 23rd 2015 by Two Lions (first published 1937)
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Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read this to my 6 year old, and he loved it.
Katie Andersen
Walter is a very lazy mouse in a large family. He is so slow and lazy that he never even sees his family because they get everything done before he gets there. One day, he comes home to find that his family has left and they forgot about him because he was so slow. He decides to search for them but soon gets lost in the forest. After searching alone in the dark he hears a noise and meets a nice group of frogs. They take him in and he is given his own island to live on. He becomes friends with th ...more
Maryann Mc
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
A charming kids story with the original illustrations.
This was a book from amazon unlimited books. I read it on my kindle. It has nice little illustrations. It gives the animals ability to talk, go to school, wear clothes, etc. Walter Mouse is very lazy, and gets left behind when his family moved to a new home. It makes Walter have to get out on his own, and teaches him to appreciate learning, and the need to learn in so many ways. He makes friends with three frogs, and tries to teach these new friends in his own school. He teaches them wrong thing ...more
Sep 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
Kind of shocked this has been reprinted.. Why? HATE hate the way he is constantly called "lazy", why not Walter: the kid who has neglectful parents? The parents move way and don't seem to even notice he's gone, how sad is that? Could also be called "Parents who have too many kids" (they are rodents after all). Should have stayed in the past with other kid books that aimed to shame kids into "better" behaviour. Why is Walter "lazy" when he's just a little kid? It's obvious this kid feels disconne ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had this book read to me by one of my primary School teachers way back in the day, my wife found it and i re read it myself and the story is as fresh and adventurous as it was ??? years ago. It teaches a good series of lessons and it is timeless in it's approach. ...more
Jill Talbert
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A childhood classic which still delights kids today!
Becky Barnett
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a cute story to read to my daughter as a bedtime story. It is an interesting story of friendship. Walter is definitely a funny character and he is a great friend to the frogs and turtle.
Natalie gives this 3 stars.
Dec 04, 2017 rated it liked it
A nice little story with charming illustrations, but the story line was forgettable and the use of repetition was tiresome. My 5 year old enjoyed it, but I found myself looking forward to the end.
James Oinam
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it
A bit like Wind in the Willows!
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Kids' books are nuts. ...more
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Great read aloud for the whole family!
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute story

Cute story about a sweet mouse and his friends. A bit sad because his family moves away without him but we all enjoyed it nonetheless.
Jan 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sweet book that encourages kids to not be lazy but in a way that they don't think they are learning about being a hard worker. ...more
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book messed me up as a kid and re-reading it confirmed a great fear of being left behind! Maybe this is where my fear emanated from.
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this to my niece and nephew, who loved it. Teaches a good moral of not being lazy.
Sep 20, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 1929-to-1939-ad
Marjorie did cute work with the Angus stories, but I didn't like this book much. ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.

Walter is a very lazy mouse. He is always late to school, and spends so much time in bed that when his family moves away, they leave him behind. Alone and scared, Walter heads out into the world in search of his mother, father, and siblings. After getting lost in a dark forest, he makes friends with a turtle and becomes the sole inhabitant of his own island, which he names Mouse Island after himself. He also befriends three frogs, whom he nam
Kate Schwarz
Feb 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-with-kids
Walter sleeps through his family moving. That's lazy for ya. He sets off to find them and transforms himself into a hard-working young lad, a giver not a taker, alert not get the picture. A coming of age story, of a mouse.

I'm curious why Flack includes the friends Walter encounters along the way. What metaphoric purpose do they serve? Three frogs don't need him but they are kind to him, and they listen to what he has to teach (including how to spell write r-i-t-e...). They in fact d
One of those titles I came across when browsing the Kindle store. I'm a sucker for an animal story (a guilty reading pleasure of mine), so I instantly purchased it.

What a sweet story. Each character is fun and memorable and I wanted to be friends with all of them. However, I did feel kind of bad for Walter when his new frog friends didn't remember him when he was gone for a while, and also when he returned to his school and his family and no one seemed to miss him or notice he was gone all that
Sep 03, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: children
Shelves: childrensbooks
Walter is a lazy mouse. He is so lazy that he never gets up for school. He doesn't get up until everyone else has left. Finally his family forgets about him and move out, leaving him behind. Walter sets off to find them. He winds up on his own island and makes friends with some frogs. He tries to teach them math and reading, but since he never got up in time for school, he gets most of it wrong. He decides to go back to school and finds his family again. Walter finally learns to be independent a ...more
Kate Jordan
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This is one of my favorite childhood books, and I am really looking forward to seeing the new illustrations in the latest version.

Walter is a lazy little mouse. Being part of a mouse family, he has tons of siblings, but he's always behind - for meals, for school, for everything. Eventually, his parents sort of forget about him because they never see him and they move away without him(!). He sets out to find them and ends up being a teacher for three hilarious frogs who can't remember anything fr
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Flack fans will want to stick with Ping, after this insubstantial story that follows form for simplistic children's literature of the 1930s and 40s. Walter's family disappears one day (never explained why) and in a panic he runs away from home and winds up on an island with three vapid and silly frogs with no long-term memory, and a turtle. He manages to make it after a multitude of mistakes and then is shown the way back to Mouse Village by the turtle. The art is perfect and delightful, but onl ...more
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Walter is a very lazy mouse. He sleeps in and is always late to school. Each day he gets lazier and lazier, he gets up so late that his brothers and sisters are already gone at school, and his parents are busy doing other things-out of the house. Eventually, he pretty much never sees his family, and as a result, his family forgets all about him. One day he comes home and his family isn't there! Neither is all the furniture and all his clothes and things!

So Walter sets out to find his family.
May 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
This was my sister's favorite book when she was young - rereading it, I discovered why! A mouse is so lazy that his family forgets all about him and moves. He runs into the forest to find them, and gets lost. He soon befriends three frogs, who choose the names Lulu, Leander, and Percy. In trying to maintain the friendship, he has to give up his lazy habits. A fun story for K-3 children, with charming illustrations. ...more
Morgan Parabola
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A timeless classic of Walter, the world's laziest mouse. When he sleeps through his family moving away he sets off to find them, thus in itself initiating the transition from lazy mouse to self-motivated hardworking mouse. A great adventure with a great moral that does not show its age beyond the names Walter suggests for the frogs. But you could always make up your own! :)

Note: this was a GoodReads first-reads review
Sep 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
Walter sleeps late at home, he sleeps during school school. In fact he is so lazy that his parents and teachers don't even miss him when he is not there. His parents eventually move away and Walter is left on his own. He meets 3 frogs and a turtle and tries to make a life with them, but they can't remember him from one day to the next. Don't worry, a family reunion is on the horizon after Walter learns not to be so lazy. ...more
Michael Fitzgerald
I had forgotten how long this book is. It's much more an illustrated chapter book than a picture book. Some interesting words - I think I recall "dolefully" in there. Flack's original illustrations are wonderful. Might be better for a child to read himself as opposed to listening to a parent reading aloud. ...more
Mary Ann
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My 7 year old Grandaughter and I are reading about "Mouse Mouse". - rather, she is reading and I'm delighting again in the story, the cadence, the illustrations and my grandaughter's to my sister and brothers, and my daughter and my grandson when he was 6, and never have grown tired of Mouse Island.......highly recommend! ...more
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