Two adorably illustrated children's books... There's a Mouse in My House & We Disagree About This Tree by Ross Collins (Reviews) #booktwitter #kidslit #childrensbooks #kidart #picturebook #newbooks @Candlewick

Welcome! I'm reviewing these children's picture books today. Read my reviews below...

There's a Mouse in My House
By Ross Collins
Children's Picture Book, Board Book
Hardcover, Paperback & Board Book, 24 Pages
September 19, 2023 by Candlewick Press


The tables have turned in this hilarious follow-up to There’s a Bear on My Chair. But this time it’s Bear who has an unwelcome guest, and this mouse just won’t leave! He’s making a real commotion in Bear’s house—eating all the food, listening to loud music, and even spilling bathwater all over the floor! But when there’s an unexpected knock at the door, will Bear decide that visitors aren’t so bad after all?

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My Review

THERE'S A MOUSE IN MY HOUSE is a adorably illustrated children's picture book that will definitely hold the attention of the reader. The text rhymes, making it easier to read as well as quite catchy. The story also has a positive message about someone invading your space that is annoying and frustrating but in the end can turn out to be good. The illustrations and humor in the story definitely are a winning combination.

My only complaint is that there are some longer, uncommon words that readers will be unfamiliar with. Good for readers who are ready for them, but not for beginner readers who won't be able to pronounce the words or even know what they are (one or two might even be a bit of a challenge for adult readers).

In the end, was it what I wished for? This is a delightful book. Humorous with fantastic illustrations. Fans of prior books by this author and those who like humorous and adorable books will enjoy this one.

Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Edelweiss, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

We Disagree About This Tree
By Ross Collins
Children's Picture Book, Board Book, Christmas
Hardcover, Paperback & Board Book, 32 Pages
September 5, 2023 by Candlewick Press


A festive follow-up to There's a Bear on My Chair and There’s a Mouse in My House

Bear and Mouse have finally overcome their differences and are living together in perfect harmony . . . until it’s time to decorate the Christmas tree! Bear wants dazzling lights, while Mouse prefers gigantic ornaments. Did Mouse just put a manatee on the top of the tree? After Bear attempts an upside-down tree, it looks as if Christmas might be ruined for the pair. But maybe, just maybe, Bear and Mouse can reach a compromise in the spirit of the season.

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My Review

WE DISAGREE ABOUT THIS TREE is a hilarious story of Christmas-tree-decorating mishaps as a mouse and bear wrestle over decorating their tree. Readers won't be able to resist smiling from the first to the last page through the back and forth hilarity all in holiday fun that ends with the sweetest and truest of messages: it's an ideal Christmas when we're together with loved ones.

There is only one longer, uncommon word that readers might struggle with (children as well as adults). I'm an avid reader so it wasn't an issue and, either way, didn't make this story any less wonderful.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I loved this book! Full of humor and wonderful illustrations made for an absolutely delightful read! Highly recommended to add to bookshelves for the Christmas season!

Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Edelweiss, which did not require a positive review. All opinions are my own.

About the Author

Ross Collins
has illustrated more than one hundred books for children and is the author-illustrator of This Is a Dog, There’s a Bear on My Chair, There’s a Mouse in My House, This Zoo Is Not for You, and What Does an Anteater Eat? When he’s not creating children’s books, he enjoys working on character development for animation studios, including Laika and Disney. He also likes walking in the Scottish glens with his dog and his partner. Ross Collins lives in Scotland.

You can find the author's website here.

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