Teensy Meensy Mice – Perfect Picture Book Friday

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Title: Teensy Meensy Mice

Author: Donna Marie Merritt

Illustrator: Ed Heck

Publisher: MacLaren-Cochrane, September 4th, 2018

Ages: 3-5

Themes: mice, mischief, rhyme



Meensy mice come out at night
to skip and danse around.
They’re sneaky little critters 
who hardly make a sound.


Teensy meensy mice cause all kinds of mischief when you’re asleep!

Why I like this book:

This is a perfect picture book to read to your pre-school group or your toddler(s). All will relate to naughty nano mice with a penchant for toes, midnight snacks and tying up the cat told in a rollicking abab rhyming rhythm throughout, which spills off the tongue very naturally and will be a delight to teensy ears. The illustrations are bold, bright digital and these mice retain cheeky grins throughout. While this is mischief humor par excellence, the author also adds a couple of suspenseful lines, which will have the young listeners hopefully checking their beds and skirting boards before falling asleep with a smile on their faces.


Donna has a free downloadable mouse coloring page on her website.

This is a fantastic Pinterest board of mouse-themed ideas for preschoolers.

I might pair this with If You Give A Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff.

Don’t miss the interview I did this week with the illustrator, Ed Heck, where he speaks of using Matisse as inspiration for one of the spreads.

wooden spoon mouse craft for kids from www.iheartcraftythings.com

Each week a group of bloggers reviews picture books we feel would make great educational reads. To help teachers, caregivers and parents, we have included resources and/or activities with each of our reviews. A complete list of the thousands of books we have reviewed can be found sorted alphabetically and by topics, here on Susanna Leonard Hill’s website.


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8 Responses to Teensy Meensy Mice – Perfect Picture Book Friday

  1. What a hilarious mouse story for kids! Although they wear cheeky grins, what to do they do with toes? I love the Ed Heck’s fun illustrations! And, I enjoyed your interview with him earlier in the week! A must read.

  2. Gabi Snyder says:

    Imagining what mice get up to while they’re snug in their beds will appeal to kids, young and old. Thanks for sharing!

  3. If I can find this in time, I’ll be adding this to my storytime next week!

  4. This looks like fun! Poor kitty. Hope my library has a copy. 🙂

  5. Patricia Nozell says:

    Haven’t seen this one yet & it looks like such fun. Love the pairing, too.

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