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Mouse Noses on Toast by Daren King

Mouse Noses on Toast

by Daren King

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This is a case of a supporting character stealing the show: the Tinby is the most strange and wonderful character in the whole book.


The Tinby thought too, but no one knew what it was thinking, as Tinbys think in colors and shapes. (9)

The Tinby was cool, so cool that it sometimes smelled of mint. (26)

...the Tinby, their Tinby...but there was a coldness in its eyes....It was a wild thing now, and would live alone in the brambles, guarding its medals and dancing its mad Tinby dance. (39-41)

"I wonder why it climbed in there," Paul said, scratching his ears. "Perhaps it thinks it's a cork."
Actually the Tinby thought it was a spaceship, but that is not why it was in the bottle. (52) ( )
  JennyArch | Apr 3, 2013 |
Paul is a mouse who is allergic to cheese. But this allergy ends up leading him to a most important piece of information: Humans love to eat a dish in restaurants called "Mouse Noses on Toast." EW!
Paul and his friends (both mouse and non-mouse) must rally their forces and storm the British government to protest the appearance of such a meal on restaurant menus!
  scducharme | Aug 31, 2009 |
Reading this one with the kids. Short chapters, cute pics...This was a little weird: a mouse society, humans eating the delicacy of mouse noses on toast, a mouse allergic to cheese, a Christmas ornament who talks... ( )
  rfewell | Jan 27, 2009 |
Tries hard for weird laughs.

I like weird, so why no laughs?

This book was a miss.
  librarianlk | Aug 28, 2008 |
Short and sweet, Mouse Noses on Toast is bound to have those of you with slightly twisted senses of humor laughing your noses off!

It only took me around a half hour to read, but it was a very happy half hour in which I laughed out loud many times. Mouses Noses introduces us to Paul Mouse who is allergic to, of all things, cheese. (It makes his bottom turn blue and his tail turn up like a question mark.)

He doesn't live with the other mice because of this, but instead spends his time with a Christmas tree angel named Sandra and the Tinby, a mysterious toy. He visits his mice friends in a plastic wrap suit, which they think is the height of mouse fashion.

After one particularly stressful visit in which Paul's fashionable suit fails to protect him, Sandra suggests that Paul, the Tinby, and the dog next door (Rowley Barker Hobbs) go get a nice, posh dinner. Instead, they discover the horror that is mouse noses on toast. While many mice think that it is a myth, like caviar or colorful parrot soup with extra beaky bits, it turn out that humans do eat this dreadful delicacy.

Can the mice stop this horror? When a slightly hippie activist mouse comes on the scene, and the Tinby goes in to battle mode, then maybe, just maybe, they can get to the bottom of this. If they can get anyone's attention, that is.

The humor here is, obviously, dark. I'm not going to make comparisons to Lemony Snicket in terms of writing or content, but I think those that enjoyed the macabre humor of the unfortunate series are bound to enjoy this little book. Although the reading level and length may be suited to slightly younger ages, the humor and subject matter of this book make it more likely to appeal to readers 10 - 12, and even more likely to appeal to adult readers of children's stories. There's a lot younger readers will miss. It would make a great read-aloud for younger kids, with you on hand to answer the inevitable questions, I think. ( )
1 vote C.Vick | Aug 9, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0399250379, Hardcover)

When Paul Mouse overhears a customer in a restaurant ordering mouse noses on toast, he assumes it must be a joke. Mouse noses on toast is a myth, isn’t it? But when the waiter asks if that would be with or without whiskers, Paul knows it’s no joke. So begins a laugh-out-loud funny ride involving mouse activists and cheese addicts. Along with his friends— Sandra the Christmas tree ornament, Rowley Barker Hobbs, a shaggy sheepdog, and the Tinby, a sort of monster, Paul Mouse, who’s sadly allergic to cheese, campaigns to bring an end to this disgusting human eating habit. This inviting chapter book will keep young readers giggling.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:35:31 -0400)

Paul Mouse gathers a group of mouse activists to uncover the mystery behind the delicacy known as "Mouse noses on toast" which is served in a fancy human restaurant.

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