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A new modern classic from John Burningham exploring kindness and empathy.

In the house there lives a family: a mum, a dad, a girl and a boy. But they are not alone; a secret mouse family is living there too, who only come out when everyone else is asleep.

One day they are spotted and the mouse catcher is called ... Will they escape in time?

A story of home and hope from picture-book genius, John Burningham.


The great John Burningham makes picture books whose sophistication is wrapped in simplicity. This is true of the images, whose unfussy beauty and wibbly line are executed with unwavering skill. This story, of mice who are forewarned to escape a mouse-catcher, embraces the importance of protecting strangers from harm.

The Sunday Times

Here's one to squeak and squeak about... Mouse House is packed with themes: children v parents; empathy v tolerance; why you should think before you speak, or squeak. It's a serious story that might also be about the treatment of immigrants, the narrow-mindedness of the old and the infuriating naivety of youth - or it could just be about a failed attempt to kill rodents.

The Times

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Formats & editions

  • Hardback


    October 2, 2017

    Jonathan Cape

    32 pages

    RRP $29.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
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    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook


    August 3, 2017

    RHCP Digital

    32 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

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Borka: The Adventures of a Goose With No Feathers
Mr Gumpy's Outing
Tug of War
Edwardo the Horriblest Boy in the Whole Wide World
The Magic Bed
Mr Gumpy's Motor Car
Avocado Baby
Time To Get Out Of The Bath, Shirley
Would You Rather?
The Shopping Basket
Come Away From The Water, Shirley
Oi! Get Off Our Train


We're All Wonders
Are We There Yet?
The Bad Mood and the Stick
Where is The Green Sheep?
Hairy Maclary from Donaldson's Dairy
Where's Spot?
Book With No Pictures
Koala Lou
Who Sank The Boat?
Peppa Pig: Goodnight Peppa
The Tale Of Peter Rabbit Board Book
Baby Bedtime
There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
Hide and Seek
Chocolate Cake
Alfie and Dad
Pigeon P.I.
The Tale of the Castle Mice