Out, Mouse!

Narrated by Paul Collins
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Pub Date 12 May 2021 | Archive Date 28 Aug 2021
Whistle Oak | Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), Members' Audiobooks

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Mouse Problems? Professor Dunderbutt advises writing a polite letter to the mice suggesting a better place to live. If the first letter doesn't work, try again. And again. His method NEVER fails. But....the two mice in Finn's cottage are fussy. They expect indoor plumbing. A library. Raisin scones. Finn searches the Irish countryside for a house that will please his unwelcome guests. He writes polite letters. Will the professor's advice work?

Based on an Irish folk belief, Out, Mouse! is a humorous early chapter book for children 6-9. 13 chapters, 78 pages (print version).

Mouse Problems? Professor Dunderbutt advises writing a polite letter to the mice suggesting a better place to live. If the first letter doesn't work, try again. And again. His method NEVER fails...

A Note From the Publisher

Paperback ISBN 978-1-73335933-3-5

Epub ISBN 978-1-7335933-5-9

Mobi ISBN 978-1-7335933-6-6

Paperback ISBN 978-1-73335933-3-5

Epub ISBN 978-1-7335933-5-9

Mobi ISBN 978-1-7335933-6-6

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EDITION Audiobook, Unabridged
ISBN 9781733593342
PRICE $3.95 (USD)
DURATION 32 Minutes, 58 Seconds

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This was the cutest story. I love the idea of such a proper gentle way of getting rid of pests. Finn was so cute I loved how fussy he got. Can't wait to play this foro my niece!

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What a fun little story this was!

The book is very short and tells the story about a men who has a mice problem. He reads a book with a very unconventional way to get rid of the pests: write them letters with suggestions about nice places they could move into. It alternates between the perspective of the man and the mice, and this makes the dynamic between them so lighthearted and fun!

I imagine how fun it'd be read this in paper with children, with colorful artwork about the story, but the audiobook is an amazing experience on its own. The narrator did a marvelous job, they brought life and happiness to the tale, their accent is delightful to hear and the little changes he makes in pitch and entonation for different characters translates their personality perfectly. Amazing job, this is the best narration in audiobooks I've ever listened to.

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I listened to the audiobook version of this book and thoroughly enjoyed it ! I do love the thought of bring able to just write a letter to mice and say somewhere better for them to live !

The storyline flowed through the story without going on tangents , which helps keep hold of young readers/listeners attention . The narrator on the audio book had the absolute perfect voice for the story, you could just close your eyes and picture the man sat there writing his letters.

A cleverly written book that was wonderfully narrated, I would definitely recommend this book

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This was such a great listen! The concept of writing letters to the rodents infesting your home inviting them to leave for a more enticing location in order to get them out of your home had my girls (5 and 2) in endless fits of giggles! What a cute story! #outmouse #netgalley

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Out, Mouse! by Valerie L. Egar and performed by Paul Collins is a pleasant story about people who respect animals, all of them. So beautiful and fun.

Finn writes a polite letter to the mice asks them to leave. He tries to find them other better places to live. Well, I think Finn should know that as he cares about them, Mr and Mrs mouse cared about him.

Lovely story. I listened to this children's audiobook, narrator was great, and really enjoyed it! Now, I have become a children's fiction audiobook fan.

Thanks to Netgalley, I have given an honest review of Out, Mouse! by Valerie L. Egar.

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Out mouse is a lovely story. Easy to listen to and easy to enjoy the characters. My nine year old loved it.

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This was a cute book for children where we follow the journey of a family of mice. I enjoyed this quick read and I feel like it definitely could have a deeper meaning to the book than children the age it is geared towards could see. While reading this book, a character keeps trying to find a better house for the family and the mother of the mice felt as if the place they were at was good enough for them. When reading that I felt like this could definitely be seen in an adult's day to day life because in some situations others try to improve our lives to something they see that could be better for us even if we are content where we are at. I definitely enjoyed this book and recommend it to anybody even though it is for children.

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Out, Mouse! is a short and humorously appealing children's story by Valerie L. Egar. Released 6th April 2021 by Whistle Oak, it's 78 pages and is available in paperback, ebook, and audio formats. It's worth noting that the ebook format has a handy interactive table of contents as well as interactive links and references throughout. I've really become enamored of ebooks with interactive formats lately.

This is such a whimsical story with imagination and heart. There are very few characters and a simple story format which builds up to a funny ending with an ironic twist. It would make a superlative read-along book with lots of opportunities for funny voices and sound effects.

The audiobook version is expertly narrated by Paul Collins. The narrator has a pleasant and warm voice for narration and is easy to understand and listen to. The narration runs just over 35 minutes.

Five stars for both the audio and print versions. Well done and fun for all ages.

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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This audiobook was a delight--the narrator is super entertaining, and I think children will love listening to his funny dictation and acting. This story is a super cute tale of a man writing letters to the mice living in his house because he wants them to leave. It's a silly tale that pairs great with the comedic narration from the audiobook.

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This looked cute and is!

Finn discovers two little mice are sharing his home, eating his breakfast and chewy on the morning paper. He researches how to address the problem and decides to implement Professor Dunderbutt's advice to write a polite letter suggesting a better place for the mice. They go and explore the recommendation, but later in the day he finds them returned to his cottage. He tries other properties, with more room, more food sources, more amenities, better views, by the sea, in the country, in the city, in a lighthouse or a castle... Each time the mice investigate but return. What is it they want?

The professor becomes annoyed and frustrated but modifies his angry outbursts to continue to write polite letters. Can he convince them to move out? The result, especially the conclusion, is quite cute.

I wanted a quick read/listen and this fit the bill. I also downloaded the book (adobe digital edition) and like the short chapters perfect for sharing with children. It is also a light delight for adults to enjoy too. I easily recommend this to readers who are looking for a quick, humorous read/listen.

Audio Notes: Paul Collins does a lovely narration with a distinct accent that puts one in the modest setting. I think children would enjoy listening too and I would love to share this with my grandchildren.

Source: NetGalley 2021.

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Thank you, the author and NetGalley, for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

This book was such an adorable children's book! The plot was so funny as we both (my kid and I) laughed a lot. From chapter one, Finn discovers two mice were sharing his home and even eating his food. Now he wants them to get out of his house politely. According to Professor Dunderbutt's advice, Finn decided to write a letter to the mice and ask them to get out.

The narrator did an excellent job. He reminded me of Nigel Billingsley from Jumanji. And this was one of the reasons behind it caught my kid’s attention.

Overall, we both recommend this adorable story as a bedtime story to kids.

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What a fantastic audiobook! I cannot wait for my daughters to listen along with me!

This is a short heartwarming and funny story about a man whos cottage has mice, so he goes and writes them some polite letters with suggestions on better places for them to live in the hope that they will leave.

This is beautifully narrated and will certainly be a story that I will listen to over and over again with my children.

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This is a really cute little story about a man whom wishes the mice whom live in his home, would live elsewhere

So he writes little letters telling them of other places they could go and live

It's very well narrated and children will enjoy listening to this alot

Thank you Netgalley and Publisher for ARC

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This is a cute story based on an Irish Belief that if you want to get rid of rodents, you just have to ask them politely to leave, in a letter. It is a fun story about two fussy mice living in Finn's Cottage. Finn tries to relocate the mice to several different spots, but they keep coming back. He eventually decides that maybe he needs to be the one to move. A cute story that made my grandson laugh out loud. We did a read/listen where he followed along with the text while listening to the story. At first he was disappointed that there were no "pictures", but when he got to the end, he changed his mind. The back pages included a page called "Did You Imagine Pictures As You Read The Story". We went through it again and talked about what we pictured on each page. Of course, his sister wanted to draw them. The audiobook was narrated by Paul Collins and I thought it was a perfect fit. He is a new narrator to me and even though I have now listened to this story several times, I have not tired of its reading. I definitely recommend this one to early readers. I can definitely see this one being used in a classroom art lesson.

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This audiobook was simply amazing. I truly enjoyed it.

First of all, the narrator did a FANTASTIC job. As we alternate between the voices of the man and the mice, I got so engaged due to the brilliant narration. I can imagine kids listening to this and being so engrossed and captivated by the story like I was!

I loved how the book portrays a very unique perspective of getting rid of mice. Not that it could happen in real life, though it would be nice to be able to write to mice, wouldn't it. It was short, but not too short for me, just right.

What I really enjoyed was the humour. I found myself chuckling out loud, by myself. And that's something I really appreciate. The commentary of the mice was absolutely hilarious.

I am definitely going to listen to this one again! I highly encourage that you pick this one up if you can.

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I listened to this in audiobook form.

This was absolutely adorable. It's a short little story about a man who wants to get rid of some mice that are living in his house. He writes them letters, and in each letter he suggests different places where the mice might want to make a home. The mice visit each location and critique it, not wanting to settle for anything less than the perfect home. I won't spoil the ending, but it's wonderful!

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This book was so funny. I couldn’t imagine writing a letter to mice for them to find a new place to live. Only for them to come back. The ending really took me out but I could see it happening. I’m like how could you take everything but leave that piece? Anyways this was really good.

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Out, Mouse! by Valerie L. Egar was an entertaining chapter book that had me laughing from start to finish. I loved how the chapters alternated between Finn’s point of view and the mice’s. It helped me understand both sides of the conflict and made the story all the more charming and humorous. Paul Collins did a spectacular job narrating this story, giving each character a distinct voice. He was easy to understand, his accent suited the work well, and the audio quality was perfect.

While it struck me that it was best to just sit back and enjoy this story, I can see how Out, Mouse! could be used to improve children’s analytical skills and manners. For example, parents, teachers, and other caregivers could open up discussions with children about the importance of considering others’ feelings and what certain characters should have done differently. In conclusion, if you’re looking for a fun story that those young and old can enjoy, I highly recommend Out, Mouse! by Valerie L. Egar.

(Sending a big thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for providing a free audiobook review copy! All opinions in this review are my own and are honest and unbiased.)

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This is a cute and imaginative tale perfect for young readers. With a simple story format and few characters it’s perfect for reading aloud. The funny ending with the ironic twist makes this whimsical story even better. The narration is also perfect in this audiobook. Very soothing tone and well done.

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My daughter and myself listened to Out, Mouse in the car on a day trip. It was adorable! The narrator had a wonderful voice and the pacing of the story was easy for a nine-year-old to follow. The story opens with Finn discovering that two mice are living in his house! He follows the rather creative advice from a book about finding the mice a new home and then writing them a letter with the details! What a wonderful adventure! I can see this book easily fitting into any classroom and it there are so many questions that a teacher could ask the students, especially about the clever ending. Well done, Valerie L. Egar!

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The story is about a man who has two mice living in his house. He decides to negotiate with them by finding them other places to move to.
I loved it! The story is so light and humorous. I expected he would lose his temper, but the ending exceeded my expectations. A hilarious turn of events!
I recommend it to anyone looking for something fun and short.

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I listened to this audio book today with my Granddaughter, she is 7. At first she wasn't too sure about listening and initially found the narrator a little hard to understand. She thought he spoke a little too fast. However once she was used to listening she really enjoyed the storyline. She wanted to write a letter to a mouse just in case there were any in her house. The story made her laugh and it was a joy to listen to it together.
I would highly recommend this audio , especially if you have a little one who is reluctant to read. This audio book about the old man Finn and the letters he writes to help mice move out of his house to somewhere better will really fire their imagination and its a great way to spend time enjoying a love of books together.
Thanks to #netgalley and #whistleoak or the #arc #valarieLEdgar #outmouse

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5 stars for narration I really enjoyed being able to sit back and be read to
5 stars for the story It appeals to audiences of any age
This is a cute tale about a family of mice who believe they have their forever home.
The gentleman with whom they live has other ideas about that.
He tries to be polite. He tries to be helpful. He tries to be persistent.
And when he finally DOES find the perfect home.....

You will be smiling

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I like short stories very much. This one was so fun to read and I reckon this would be a great success among kids/scholars or adults who have trouble reading, or just readers like me who enjoy a nice funny short story to relax on a Sunday afternoon.

It will also be nice to have a second part so we can know what happens next with Finn & Company,

I had also, the pleasure to read the digital copy at the same time and it was a lovely journey.

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A funny short book for children about a man and a live-in mouse family. If you have a chance to choose the audio version, I recommend that you do so. Paul Collins' narration adds so much to the experience.

It's only 32 minutes - a bit long for a bed time story but a healthier alternative to screen time for a rainy afternoon.

Thanks NetGalley, IBPA and Whistle Oak for this Advance Reading Copy.

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Okay, this book was stinking adorable. I enjoyed listening to it so much. The Narrator had the perfect voice for telling the story, and I loved the point of view of the owner and the mice. The descriptions are vivid, which makes the book truly enjoyable. I've listened to it a couple times and will be sharing it with my kids. This is an excellent book for a young reader, AND their parents!

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This is a delightful and short children's story about a man who's trying to get a family of mice to move out of his home by writing them letters describing better places to live!

I listened to the audiobook and the narrator was absolutely wonderful, I loved his Irish accent and voices he did, it really made the book come alive. Overall, it's a very cute and precious book!

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This was a delightful listen, with narrator Paul Collins enhancing the story with his bright Irish inflection. Well paced and expressive, he brought the story to life with all of Finn's moods and the adventurous mishaps of the mice.

I'm so glad I impulsively downloaded this story as a Listen Now audiobook on NetGalley. It was the perfect "company" while working on a project, making the time fly by while keeping me smiling, and the narrator's voice brought comedic actor Ardal O'Hanlon to mind - never a bad thing, that.

An enjoyable read complimented by a cheerful narration, young readers and listeners are sure to be pleased by it - and adults, too! Recommended.

This review refers to a temporary digital audiobook I voluntarily read via NetGalley, courtesy of the publisher. A positive review was not required and all opinions expressed are my own.

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My 10-year-old daughter and I listened to this on a car ride to the store. It was so engaging that we sat in the driveway for several minutes to finish listening to it. The human in the book is splendidly human, and the animals in the book are fantastically oblivious to the difference between them and humans. It makes for a cute, fun, approachable tale.
This Irish folktale retelling features a bachelor who doesn't want the company of two mice and writes letters to encourage them to relocate. Naturally, the mice have other ideas. A short, fun read!

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Thank you netgalley and the publishers for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Out, Mouse! Is an entertaining and a lovely book about how how the protagonist tries to self beautiful and classy locations to the mice through his letters as he isn't comfortable having any uninvited guests in his cottage.

Finn writes thoughtful letters to the choosy Mr and Mrs mouse who are currently living in his cottage and creating a mess of everything. Taking the advice from a book on how to get rid of mice he expects it to work. Each letter contains the location and reasons why the mice might love living there instead of living here with Finn. However Mr and Mrs mouse are never quite satisfied with any of these locations. They usually find one or two drawbacks from each of the shared locations.

Will Finn be able to find the right house that pleases the mice and in turn works in his favour?

This was such an amazing story narrated beautifully by Paul Collins. He did a great job in bringing out the emotions of every character. It was a short, fun book and I would definitely recommend it

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A traditional-feeling tale that had me smiling.

Adults will see the structure of this and know where it is likely to lead, but it will still entertain. It's a great idea.

A frustrated man is tired of the two mice stealing food in his home, and he learns of a foolproof, guaranteed method for getting them to leave peaceably - write them a letter persuading them they would be happier elsewhere.

And so Finn writes Mr and Mrs Mouse several letters, telling them about other potential houses they might like more than his own, and that they should visit... each time hoping that they like it so much that they move straight out and leave him be.

But can he find somewhere they'll find suitable?

It's very funny, seeing Finn try to argue his mice into moving out. And seeing what each new property might have that stops the mice choosing it.

And of course, there's a wryly funny ending. Children will enjoy this one.

There's also some educational value it in - the art of persuasive writing, definitely something primary schools could make use of.

Toddlers and small children might find this a bit wordy and too mature a concept at times, but schoolchildren will both delight in the concept and execution.

I accessed this as an audiobook, and loved the Irish voice nicely portraying the main character, it gave the story a traditional feel. It's a familiar structure with repetition and humour. It's only a half hour listen, and a fairly short read for a confident reader.

For ages 5-9. With thanks to Netgalley for providing a sample (audio)reading copy.

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How lovely! When I was living in Ireland I one day listened to a radio program where a woman talked about this exact thing! Just that she was writing letters to the ants in her kitchen. I loved the story of Finn who's desperately trying to - politely - get rid of the mice living in his house. Great narration,too

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