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Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  1,306 ratings  ·  236 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.
Hardcover, 25 pages
Published August 3rd 2007 by MacMillan UK
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Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
May 15, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: adults & older kids and younger kids in therapeutic settings or reading without the huge words
Recommended to Lisa (not getting friends updates) 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
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrns
Beautiful artwork. I read this with my 3 year old nephew but this could be read with older children as there is some harder text on some of the pages. This book has a beautiful map, newspaper articles, adverts as well as the main and simple story.
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
Anna Laskownicka
Apr 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar B
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-children

This book was gorgeous but I was expecting more.

Physically this book was just splendid. One of the most beautiful children book I have had the pleasure to read. The illustrations top notch! The expression of the little mouse very well done. It is mostly a mixed media composition and I ADORE mix media so I couldn’t get enough if these pages. The color palette, MY color palette.

The interactive features are just fantastic! Look at this gorgeous map of the Isle of Frei
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: childrens, 2012, 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
Klaudia Maniakowska
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Anastasia Hutson
Apr 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears
Review by Anastasia Hutson
This adventurous book is about a mouse who is scared of everything! Little Mouse takes us through all of his fears and worries of everyday life. This picture book is like a little journal that the mouse keep his fears in while also educating the reader on different fears that people can have. The plot of this picture book is in a journal type format that is very interactive with the reader. It has a story but a looser structure that allow
Kirah Marshall
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-summaries
1. Little Mouse is afraid of almost EVERY THING. In this interactive book, Little Mouse takes you through his diary of fears. He is afraid of cats, dogs, the dark, knives, heights, getting lost, and so much more. The book ends with Musophobia, the fear of mice. Little Mouse writes "She's afriad of ME!" and is happy that he is no the only one who is scared of things.
2. This book would be good for grades k-4th.
3. This book could be used in class to help students identify their fears and understa
Kiwan Lear
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It was very good and fun to read. It's basically a book of all a little mouses fear with a very relatable twist. This book was hard to categorize as it didn't have much plot but wasn't non-fiction it was more just something to be read and enjoyed for what it was. The pictures in this book were awesome, I would even go as far to say this book would be nothing without them. The pictures and interactive pages added so very much to the story. The book was all taken from the perspe ...more
Bailey Heard
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: emily-gravett
Emily Gravett's Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears is a fun and spooky post modern picture book. The book is about a little mouse going through and writing down everything he is scared of. The book allows you to be with the mouse every step of the way using full-bleed illustrations. You are not just an observer you are experiencing the little mouse's fears with him. The illustrations make it seem real. You can see where the bugs have eaten through the pages, feel where the paper is cut, and you ca ...more
Dec 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Ellen Chard
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ks2
We felt this book would be best presented as a 1:1 read, instead of a whole class read as the intricate details are so essential to the story itself. The photos add a depth to the story and add a fun element to the book. The fears were well represented through a range of colour, framing, scale and the positioning: showing the control the fears can have on the mouse. The pictures in this book offer more than the text which would be great for inclusion and discussion purposes.

In terms of the impl
Vicki Kier
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Shannon Miller
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 01, 2011 rated it liked it
This is a very handsomely designed book. The nibbled pages, pull-aways, and collages reminiscent of "found" art make this a very unique book. The cataloging of the mouse's phobias is given a humorous twist at the end, as well. The narrative thread was a little weak, however. When it comes to children's books about fears or strong emotions, I like books that are able to provide the child with a sense of mastery over those feelings. I believe that was Gravett's aim with this book, but I'm not sure ...more
Apr 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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
Kaethe Douglas
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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?
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it
I found it interesting that some names of actual phobias were in the book such as Teratophobia, the fear of monsters, Clinophobia, the dear of going to bed, Panophobia, fear of everything, or Sciaphobia, fear of shadows. Even though it is more of a "scrapbook", and there is not much action going on, it could be a good book to read when talking about fears.

Jun 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Huda Fel
Dec 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: en-pic-books
I liked its illustration ; completing, explaining
Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears is exactly what its title suggests: a picturebook that lists as well as creatively captions and illustrates multiple phobias (22 + 1 on the back endpaper, to be exact).
“It has been put together by an expert in worrying, who draws on a lifetime’s experience of managing her fears through the medium of doodle.

You too can overcome your fear through the use of art!”
Although there isn't much of a story, the mouse's comments and explanations for the phobias are play
Colleen Ryan
Feb 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This book would be a great way to open discussion about children’s fears. This book was so interactive, including pages being nibbled and maps to open and explore. I loved how Gravett leaves space to encourage readers to write down their own fears.
Abigail Mason
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I think this is a really lovely book for children as many younger children have lots of fears and worries about certain things e.g. I was always scared of the dark and monsters as a child. Emily Gravett has allowed space on every page for children to write down their own feelings about a fear they may have.
Brenda Hetland
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears is both a powerful message and a beautiful display of creativity that children will be captivated by. I gave this book a 4 star rating.
This story comes in the form of a scrapbook made by the main character, Little Mouse. Little Mouse is afraid of a lot of different things. He is just a small mouse in a big world and theres just so much to be afraid of, how is he supposed to think about anything else? The mouse outlines various fears that mice will have that are r
Christine Biles
Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears
Picked up this book by chance and was not disappointed. Book follows a little mouse as he explains all his different fears. But even with his fears making him feel small and vulnerable the human is still afraid of him. The art work and overall creation of this book are brilliant, with each page capturing the emotion dot eh mouse, adding more detail to the few words present. It really help you to understand the mouse and his fears.
In terms of use in school its uses
Oct 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Julie Sternberg
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The premise of LITTLE MOUSE'S BIG BOOK OF FEARS is simple: Little Mouse is recording her fears in her journal. It's such a cleverly designed book, and the very best part is that each page says, at the top, "Use the space below to record your fears." This might've been intended as a direction for Little Mouse to follow as she uses her journal. Thank goodness my girls interpreted it to mean they should record their fears. As a result, all these many years later, the book is an out-and-out treasure ...more
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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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