Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Emily’s House

Emily’s House

Niko Scharer
Illustrator:  Joanne Fitzgerald 
Board Book
For ages 3 to 5
Groundwood Books, 1990   ISBN: 978-0888998316

Emily lives in a pretty brick house on a hill. When the front door is opened it creaks, and in Emily’s bedroom there is a mouse who squeaks. Poor Emily does not like the sound of the creaking door and the squeaking mouse. In fact, the noise makes her cry and she is so upset that when the mouse suggests that Emily should “get us a pussycat too” Emily follows the mouse’s advice.

   Soon a very pretty tabby cat is in the brick house and its meows join the creaking door and the squeaking mouse noises. Poor Emily’s home is noisier than ever, and this is only the beginning.

   Young children are going to love the rhyming verse and the animal noises that fill this book, and they will be delighted when they see how the mouse finally solves Emily’s problem. The illustrations are filled with cunning details that children will enjoy exploring.