Goodbye Mousie by Robie H. Harris – One morning a boy finds that his pet, Mousie, won’t wake up. The truth is Mousie has died. At first the boy doesn’t believe. Margaret K. McElderry Books/Simon & Schuster Books for Children, September Illustrated by Jan Ormerod. GOODBYE MOUSIE is a book that was in my. Booklist Online Book Review: Goodbye , Robie H. (author). Illustrated by Jan OrmerodSept. 32p.

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It deals with the death of a pet mouse, and the boy’s grieving process. It just goes to show how deep his love was for this mouse, wh This book was kind of sad, but also really good, and super cute.

I would have the children describe times when they felt sad or mad. The book has easy text and easy vocabulary to help younger children better understand what has happened in the story. Wonderful pencil and watercolor drawings by perhaps my favorite realistic illustrator of all time – Jan Ormorod – are the perfect accompaniment to Robie Harris’s sympathetic but no-nonsense text.

May 06, Marie rated it really liked it Shelves: But he wasn’t okay at the end of the book. Jan 17, F rated it it was amazing.

Goodbye Mousie

If we do not explain death to our children, it will be harder for them to understand the toodbye of someone gooddbye the time comes. The child then moves through all the stages of grief, from denial to final acceptance, in one agonizing day.

At that moment, and for some time afterward, the child needs not a book, but a person who will listen and understand. Thank you for signing up, fellow book lover! When Mousie dies his young owner is quite distressed – he was fine the night before! Then the boy decorates the outside of the box.


Still, this covers all the bases of a frequently asked-for subject. Want to Read saving…. To me, I feel that explaining the death of a pet first, before the death of a human, can also better help children have a better and more clear understanding of death.

It is a sad story but it is a good story to let children how to handle dead glodbye with a young age. Karen rated it it was amazing Apr 07, One morning a boy finds that his pet, Mousie, won’t wake up.

It effectively shows the grieving process from a child’s perspective. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

The little boy’s dad tells the gpodbye boy that Mousie died and tries to comfort his son. The gifts for mouse, put into the shoe box, underline the fun the pair of them had when the mouse was alive. I thought the ending was very appropriate – it honors the feelings we have when goorbye lose someone.

Goodbye Mousie | Book by Robie H. Harris, Jan Ormerod | Official Publisher Page | Simon & Schuster

I guess that’s how it is when a pet dies, but since it’s for kids, I would have liked to have seen him get a new mouse and be very happy with it. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. I don’t remember reading any books like this, and I do think they would have been helpful. Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today!

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. In our family’s recent losses, C has not been able to hold or bury anyone after they goodby, so the process of an actual burial in the book was not itself helpful to understanding our experiences, though the process of gooebye some kind of memorial is still relevant for us. A little boy’s pet mouse dies. This book does have color throughout it, so it is not dull and sad for children to read.

Booklist Review

The illustrations of Mousie are very cute and sweet. Uplifting details the boy’s mouse slippers, a stuffed mouse toy offer a glimmer of hope, and the solidity at the heart of her characterizations—especially in the portraits of the narrator seeking comfort from his parents—will be immensely reassuring to young readers.


Moueie see nothing wrong with burying a mouse with food and toys, but I do see something wrong in suggesting mouse otherwise the poor dead creature would have been suffering without these things. He says maybe he’ll get another mouse, someday, but not yet. He gets very mad at Mousie for dying, and then he feels very sad.

A young boy perhaps a toddler or preschooler wakes up to discover that his pet mouse, Mousie, is dead. With the help of his parents, the youngster places his pet in a shoebox, tucks an old T-shirt around him, and then carefully chooses several special items to keep him company. An excellent choice to help young readers deal with loss. He goes, with lightning speed, through the various stages of grief in the proper order: Everything alive now will die and explaining this concept goodby a child is boodbye very well in this book.

Slowly, after lots of tears and many questions, the boy comes to terms with the fact that his pet is gone.

Goodbye Mousie by Robie H. I might even allow the child to respond to the book by creating some kind of art project in memory of the lost pet, similar to the box decorated in the story. The boy and his parents put Mousie in a box with some of his favorite things-carrots, a piece of jam toast, and a toy or two-and make a headstone for him out of driftwood.

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