Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse
by Leo Lionni Illustrated by Leo Lionni
Reviewed by Danielle K. (age 7)
Danielle K. is a student in Karen's 2nd Grade Class
This is a book about a little mouse named Alexander. He lived in a house, in a
mouse hole. The people living in the house chased Alexander whenever they saw
him. One day when the family was out Alexander came out of the mouse hole. He
found a toy mouse. Alexander said, "Who are you?" "I'm Willy", said the toy mouse.
Alexander and Willy became friends. Alexander wanted to go downstairs and eat
crumbs. But Willy could not. He said he was a wind-up mouse and the only way for
him to move was to wind him up. So they chatted instead. Willy told Alexander
about a little girl named Annie. Willy slept with her. Everybody loved Willy. Soon
Alexander came to love Willy too. One day Alexander asked if he could be a
wind-up mouse too. Will he? Find out in Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse!
I like the book because of the way Leo Lionni describes how Alexander and Willy
have so much fun together. I think you should read this book because it's a great
thing that Alexander wants to be loved like Willy. This book reminds me about my
friend Hannah. She always tells me that she wants my hair. It is like when Alexander
wants to be a wind-up mouse like Willy.
Leo Lionni has written other books too. I think you should read those other books
like An Extraordinary Egg, Swimmy, Fredrick, and Six Crows because they're all
good books too. Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse is like Fredrick because they
both have mice.