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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  242 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Who knew that one little noise could set off a whole cacophony? In this chain-reaction story, the animal world wakes up with a squeak!

Early one morning, a gentle breeze tickles the ear of a small mouse, and he wakes up with a squeak! That squeak wakes up the some chipmunks, who rattle tree branches and knock pinecones into the river. Those pinecones wake the trout, who spl
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published August 27th 2019 by Philomel Books
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Jayne Neville
Jun 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is a cute little story with lovely illustrations. The animal noises and nature sounds are fun for kids to imitate. We got this book as part of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and very much enjoyed it. ...more
A little mouse is born and ventures outside of its burrow. The mouse not only makes sounds, but many other animals do too! Lovely book with beautiful illustrations.
Lauren Salisbury
We love this book. The toddler loves the sounds we make when reading it and the illustrations are lovely.
Samantha Ledesma
When I picked up this book, I didn't know that it was circular and expected another environmental observation devoid of narrative. That was a pleasant surprise, for sure, but the little girl I was reading with was ready for every sound, which is how I know it was well-loved. I appreciated that the book included more difficult sounds, which children might struggle with sounding out, but that also encourages them to try out new sounds when parroting along.

The thick, dark lines of the illustrations
Rebecca Gomez
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
A full-circle story that is full of onomatopoeia and is a delight to read aloud.
Chelsea Elwood
Oct 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Love love love the illustrations!!
Sep 20, 2019 rated it liked it
3 1/2 stars

4 stars for the illustrations
3 stars for the story being just a little ... *sigh* a shade too long and dragging just a little

I'm going to try it out for a storytime and see how it goes with the kids. Hoping that they will participate and enjoy it! Hoping that the illustrations alone will charm them.
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
When a summer breeze tickles a little mouse’s ear early one morning, an entire cacophony follows. With one loud squeak, the mouse starts the world waking up. The chipmunks wake up, sending a pine cone into the river. The trout jump. The elk bonks into a tree launching the eagle off. The sound of her huge wings wakes the bears, whose growls wake the wolves. The wolves howl waking the bighorn lamb who leaps high. Finally, the bison bellows and all of the other creatures in the area awaken too. Exc ...more
May 04, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book is poetic in the sense of sound. The illustrations are simple yet detailed enough where it fits in with the story.


This book is basically about a mouse who gets woken up and then the story goes on to how a certain sound wakes up the next animal and so forth. In the end, the mouse is wondering why everyone is up so early and goes back to sleep. It's a very anti-climatic story only mentioning the mouse twice, at the beginning, and at the end of the book. I thought with the
Laurie Hnatiuk
Sep 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
A circular book that would be excellent to use as a mentor text for cause and effect and onomatopoeia . A small mouse is awakened by a breeze and lets out a squeak that starts a chain reaction in various habitats. The illustrations are gorgeous and show different habitats as the chain reaction awakens different animals. The various sounds by animals or by the animal actions could be used as to introduce or reinforce onomatopoeia. Another picture book that could be used in a variety of grades acr ...more
Dana Storytime Account
I really enjoyed this book. The first thing I noticed was how pretty the illustrations were but there are so many aspects to enjoy about this book! From fun noises that make it great for a story time (for a little bit older crowd, it's a tad wordy for super littles) to the interconnectedness that makes it great for a science classroom or nature center to teach about ecosystems and cause-effect. This could also make a great book for understanding sequencing. I definitely hope to incorporate it in ...more
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Squeak! is an early morning that starts with that one little noise, from one little mouse. From then forward, all the animals in the forest big and small begin to rustle awake and start the day! Lush, cool colors dominate the palette and are so pleasing to the eye; on top of the adorable animals! This picture book truly captures the ambiance of an early morning in the North American woods.
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This was beautifully illustrated and I love how each scene hinted at the next scene, looked back at the previous scene, or both.
I liked the progression of the book and how it circled back around.
I guess in terms of accuracy not all these animals in here would be woken by the noise that awakes them in here, nor would they all necessarily get up, but that is okay, it is fiction.
I think this is a book I would recommend.
Laura McGee Kvasnosky creates a wonderful chain-reaction when a small mouse is awakened by a breeze tickling its ear. He squeaks! That sound floats up to the chipmunks' hollow, who skittered while chittering and chattering up into branches of their tree. Then . . . Soon, a whole valley is awake and sounding off. It, with the beautiful colored illustrations outlined in black by Laura's sister Kate Harvey McGee makes a marvelous story to read aloud. ...more
Great batch of sounds -- and the idea of a chain reaction is so fun, and that it all began with a squeak. I wish the mice were more visible on the first spread, especially since we began with their squeak (with the title). The text tries a little too hard to be lively, or is somehow at a higher diction than fits the scene. Every time I read this I stumbled through the descriptive parts. Maybe it is a matter of rhythm?

But the WA-WHOOSH and the KA-BONK are perfect.
Abby Johnson
Early one morning a breeze tickles the ear of a young mouse and he wakes up with a SQUEAK! that starts a chain reaction, waking all the animals in their valley. This beautifully illustrated morning story features all kinds of woodland/mountain/prairie animals and the sounds they make. It would be fun for a unit on animals, forests, etc.
Now that the nights are getting a bit cooler, we've been sleeping with the windows open to let in the fresh air. Inevitably, as it gets close to dawn, the natural world starts to wake up. It usually starts with the birds. And then the geese in the neighborhood pond start squawking. Then the dogs start barking. And then I usually get up and go get my coffee. The natural world in this lovely picture book awakens with the tiny squeak of a mouse. But that sets off a chain of awakenings that include ...more
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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A rooster usually wakes up the farmyard, but who or what wakes up animals in the woodland and plains?

I was glad to see the use of these animals in this book instead of your typical barnyard animals.

A good story with truly amazing illustrations. The use of color fits perfectly with the time of day this book is set in.
Brittany Baker
Feb 25, 2021 rated it liked it
This book uses wonderfully rich and specific vocabulary to describe the sounds and movements of the many animals featured in this book. Chipmunks skitter, bisons bellow, and badgers "churr" as they leave their sett (den) to find breakfast. This lively text would make a great read aloud, particularly as a part of a lesson about using keywords and specialized vocabulary in informational texts. ...more
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Although the pictures are large and easy to share with a storytime, I found myself seeing if in fact all of the featured animals would be together and who eats cottonwood trees. The scale is off a bit on the chipmunks. This cause and effect book is just satisfactory.
Sep 30, 2019 added it
A mouse wakes up with a "squeak" and sets off a chain reaction as one animal after another also arises. This is an amusing story about forest life with lots of animal sound words that will make it fun to read aloud. ...more
Jan 02, 2020 rated it liked it
This book has beautiful illustrations and is a good resource of animals, birds, and fish that you might find in the meadows and mountains. The animals come awake as the little mouse travels through the landscape.
Mar 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
One little mouse causes a chain event of different animals making lots of big noises. Could be fun for an animal sounds theme or a animals of the forest theme. It's nice and short. I enjoy the illustrations. ...more
Michele Knott
Perfect to show cause and effect.
Edward Sullivan
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Squeaking mouse begins a chain reaction in this circular story.
A little mouse's squeak sets off a chain reaction of sound that wakes the whole wilderness, animal by animal. ...more
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars for this cause and effect tale
Alyssa Gudenburr
A mouse squeaks and sets off a chain of events. The animals get bigger and the noises get louder until the whole forest is awake. This is a longer one but would be fun to read in storytime.
Sep 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book builds on itself with great animal noises. Would be good for storytimes with older kids or a smaller audience.
This is a very sweet, simple story.
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Laura McGee Kvasnosky is the author-illustrator of many books for young readers, including the series Zelda & Ivy. She lives in Seattle.

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