A mysteriously abandoned mansion serves as a terrifically spooky setting for a cat-and-mouse tale. As the mouse slips through the "gate no one opened" and the "door no one knocked on," we fairly shout on every fourth page, "MOUSE, LOOK OUT! THERE'S A CAT ABOUT"--until the end, that is, when we shout for the cat to look out for someone else with orange eyes. The suspense of the simple plot is marvelously enriched by the rhythmic, rhyming verse, darkly realistic paintings, and the strange mystery--never explained--of why the long-ago owners of this ghostly mansion abandoned it with all their possessions still inside. This gives the book an unspoken subplot for imaginative ruminations on the side. The artist's sense of perspective brilliantly accentuates the vulnerability of the mouse and the menace of the cat, and end papers showing an ominous front view of the house in the beginning and a satisfying conclusion in the back garden at the end are unifying elements. An edge-of-your-seat tale just right for story time, slumber parties, and Halloween.