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Mouse Was Mad by Linda Urban

It's not every day that one of your best friends has their first picture book hit stores. And technically, this book was scheduled to turn up in, like, May. But there it was today in all its splendor, so I bought a copy. I am giving you the biggest cover image I could find online, so that you can properly appreciate the anger on the face of the wee mousie.



MOUSE WAS MAD was written by the lovely and talented Linda Urban, and illustrated by Henry Cole. And it is adorable, although don't tell Mouse I said so, because I am fairly certain that being told one is adorable when one is angry is cause for still more rage. And Mouse begins the story angry and becomes madder still as all of his various expressions of anger are outdone by specialists in various fields (and he repeatedly lands in mucky puddles). Hare hops better, Bear stomps better, Bobcat screams better, and Hedgehog rolls around on the ground better. But none of them can outdo what Mouse does when he gets "really, really, really, really mad" no matter how they try.

Go out and buy this book. Yes, you. You will adore it from the animals on the cover to its mac & cheese endpapers in the front (blue in back) to its clever text that simply begs to be read aloud. The official birthday for this book isn't for a while, still, but I have a hunch that if it's in stock here in New Jersey, it's quite likely findable other places as well. And you're going to want it. You don't want to make Mouse mad again, do you?

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beckylevine
Mar. 11th, 2009 08:42 pm (UTC)
Looks great! Thanks for the heads up.
kellyrfineman
Mar. 11th, 2009 09:27 pm (UTC)
It is really great - I wish I could find an inside spread online to share. The art is really excellent, and works really well with Linda's fun text.
ex_kmessner
Mar. 11th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC)
Oh yay!! I had a peek at an F&G of MOUSE WAS MAD at Flying Pig last weekend, and I know exactly what you mean about the little guy's expressions. They are priceless! So excited that it's showing up in stores now!
kellyrfineman
Mar. 11th, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
I happened to be talking to Linda as I walked into the book store, and she mentioned that it was on that online bookseller that starts with A, so I checked and lo! There it was!
lisa_schroeder
Mar. 11th, 2009 09:37 pm (UTC)
Cute!!! Can't wait to read it. :)
kellyrfineman
Mar. 11th, 2009 09:41 pm (UTC)
It's extremely adorable.
tamarak
Mar. 11th, 2009 10:48 pm (UTC)
TAMMI WAS HAPPY

(Found the book in OKC!)
kellyrfineman
Mar. 12th, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
Woot!
lisayee
Mar. 11th, 2009 10:55 pm (UTC)
Very cool, congratulations!!!
kellyrfineman
Mar. 12th, 2009 12:45 am (UTC)
That Linda is so talented!
kristydempsey
Mar. 11th, 2009 11:24 pm (UTC)
SQUEE! Can't wait to hold it in my hot little hands. I will have to wait however, because it's not here in Brazil. But it will be waiting for me the minute I step on US soil.
kellyrfineman
Mar. 12th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
Yahoo!
volleypop
Mar. 11th, 2009 11:41 pm (UTC)
oooooh, can't wait to check my bookstore!!


kellyrfineman
Mar. 12th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
:)
angeladegroot
Mar. 11th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
Mouse looks foot-stomping and ear-steaming mad. And adorable, but don't tell him I said so.

Way to go, Linda. I can't wait to check it out.
kellyrfineman
Mar. 12th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
S will like this one, I think.
ex_lgburns
Mar. 12th, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
Hooray for Linda Urban! And for Kelly Fineman, too!

kellyrfineman
Mar. 12th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
Hooray for Linda's new book, all 'round!
writerjenn
Mar. 12th, 2009 12:32 am (UTC)
"so that you can properly appreciate the anger on the face of the wee mousie"
Anger duly appreciated. :-D
kellyrfineman
Mar. 12th, 2009 12:47 am (UTC)
It comes across clear as day in person, but not so much in the small images one finds online.
amygreenfield
Mar. 12th, 2009 12:35 am (UTC)
Oh, hooray! I've been looking forward to this book for a long time -- and yes, the wee mousie is wonderful! (Reminds me of my own wee mouse.)
kellyrfineman
Mar. 12th, 2009 12:48 am (UTC)
The book is terrific!
poolhallace
Mar. 12th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
Oooh...the first book I can put into new baby's library!
kellyrfineman
Mar. 12th, 2009 02:12 am (UTC)
Hooray! New baby will love it (eventually)!
poolhallace
Mar. 12th, 2009 02:20 am (UTC)
Me and the other kids will love it for her first and show her how it's done. i'm a sucker for kids' books and I firmly believe each child should be born into their very own library. Can't wait to read this!
d_michiko_f
Mar. 12th, 2009 04:09 am (UTC)
Oh! Must get this when I return home! Thanks for the heads up!
kellyrfineman
Mar. 12th, 2009 04:16 am (UTC)
No prob - now you have something to look forward to on your return (besides unlimited coffee)!
liz_scanlon
Mar. 12th, 2009 01:21 pm (UTC)
Oh, hip hip horray, Linda!!!!
I have a mad mouse type of kid here sometimes and I swear she makes that same expression.
Can you imagine having the talent and sensibility to write both this AND Crooked????
Swooon!!!!
kellyrfineman
Mar. 12th, 2009 08:52 pm (UTC)
Linda is both a smartie and an exceptionally talented writer.
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