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Mouse Noses on Toast [Hardcover]

Daren King , David Roberts
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7 Sep 2006

'I will have the colourful parrot soup,' the lady said, 'with extra beaky bits.'

'And I,' said her husband, 'will have mouse noses on toast.'

The waiter flipped open his notebook and wrote this down. "Would that be with whiskers, madam, or without?"

Hiding on the restaurant table, Paul Mouse's world has just turned upside down.

Surely the man is making a joke? Isn't mouse noses on toast just a big myth?

Gathering his friends - Sandra the Christmas tree decoration, Rowley Barker Hobbs, the sheepdog, and the Tinby, a kind of monster - Paul becomes determined to find the truth.

So begins an adventure involving mouse activists, the prime minister, cheese addicts and a wildly insane Tinby. But what awaits them all at the mouse noses abbatoir? Will they escape with their whiskers intact?

A crazy, charming tale with a wonderfully cheesy ending.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; 1st edition (7 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 057122802X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571228027
  • Product Dimensions: 18.4 x 13.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 819,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Exciting, charming and ridiculous.' Julia Eccleshare, Guardian 'The wry humour... recalls The Magic Roundabout... a nice book to read aloud.' Phil Hogan, Observer" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Short-listed for the Nestle Children's Prize 2006

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read or so my daughter tells me! 10 July 2012
I must confess that i have yet to read this book myself but my 10 year old daughter adores it. We picked this book up in a Garden Centre of all places. I think she had already read a few pages by the time we got to the till and was hooked until she had. I plan on buying her the other book/s by Daren King for her birthday, I am sure she won't be disappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mouse Noses on Toast 23 May 2009
We loved this book. It's very funny and an ideal 'serial' read for bedtimes as the chapters aren't too long. The characters were great - including a mouse who is allergic to cheese and gets an interesting and hilarious reaction when he comes into contact with it! We also recommend Peter the Penguin Pioneer by the same author - another fab read!
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1.0 out of 5 stars TUT,TUT!! 31 Mar 2014
By lalibra
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Would not give 1 star, as grammar was poor.How can children learn correct grammar when an author cannot provide it in his book?!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars "I've a mouse without a nose." "How does he smell?" "Terrible!" 7 Mar 2008
By E. R. Bird - Published on
The British are different from you and I. They have more guts. Guts to do something a little weird, a little odd, a little random. Guts to write some of the most peculiar books out there for kids, and to be having the time of their life while writing them. I've read a million books for children about friendship, moving away, new pets, new siblings, and a host of other overly familiar topics. So once in a while it is a very great relief to pick up a book like "Mouse Noses on Toast" and to find it to be an absolute gobsmacked wonder of weirdness (in a good way). Parents and teachers are always looking for some good early chapter books to hand to the 5-10 year-old set. This book fits the bill and is just as engaging as it is loopy.

Paul Mouse has an allergy to cheese. Not the usual sniffing, sneezing, coughing kind of allergy. More the kind where every time he touches cheese his tail curls into a question mark, the hair falls off of his bottom, and his bottom turns bright blue. After exposing himself yet again, Paul, his best friend Sandra (an angel Christmas tree ornament), and a Tinby decide to have a posh meal at a local restaurant. By accident, however, they end up in the human part of the restaurant and become aware of a horrifying human delicacy: mouse noses on toast. Before long, Paul has teamed up with rodent activist Larry Mouse and many others of his kind to stop this terrible scourge, no matter what the cost.

I grew up in the early years of Nickelodeon, watching Canadian programs like Pinwheel and the like. One of the notable aspects of "Pinwheel" (called the poor man's "Sesame Street", which wasn't too far off) was that it had lots of stop motion shorts from England. So my regular "Reading Rainbow" and "3-2-1 Contact" fare was supplemented with things like "Bagpuss", "The Clangers" and "The Magic Roundabout". I sound like I'm completely off-topic here, but I'm going to make an argument in this book's favor. The British LOVE inanimate objects that spring to life and go walkies. Their television programs testify to this and so too do their children's books. In this novel you have a mouse that is allergic to cheese. That's fairly standard. His best friend is an angel Christmas tree ornament. A bit odd, but still okay. And then there is "the Tinby". The Tinby is basically one of those small toys children somehow end up with that never have much purpose. It is described as "curved at the top and flat at the bottom, with little square legs, tiny black eyes and nothing else." Huh. Yet somehow it makes sense within the contest of this little world.

You see the book is deeply faithful to its own interior logic. In this story humans find mouse noses on toast to be a supreme delicacy (they also enjoy colorful parrot soup with extra beaky bits, but that's neither here nor there). Mice attempt to make petitions to present to the Prime Minister, wear sandals and glasses if they're hippies, and Tinbys have a tendency to turn mad when severely alarmed. Daren King is a writer with a style entirely of his own. I'm usually very skeptical of adult authors that make the switchover into the world of children's literature, but King avoids many of the traps his contemporaries have fallen into. He's the kind of author that can get away with writing the word "mouses" instead of "mice" and not sound precious while doing it. It simply fits within the story. I like that he gets a bit cheeky with his descriptions too. When the mice decide to raid the factory producing mouse noses for the mouse noses on toast I couldn't help but be impressed with the name bestowed upon the dog helping them; "The Four-Legged Terrorist Transportation Unit".

Thinking about it, I can't imagine that any illustrator other than David Roberts have the cohones to illustrate this puppy quite as well as he. He's made some very simple pen-and-ink illustrations throughout this book but they fit the equally paired down narrative. Roberts is a fan of complex backgrounds against which his pure white mice show up splendidly. What's more, he figured out what a Tinby was better than most artists would, I imagine.

A lot of parents come to my reference desk and ask for good bedtime stories to read to their children. With its diminutive size, "Mouse Noses on Toast" isn't ideal in that respect, but I can still see a lot of parents and teachers reaching for it as a readaloud. Fun early chapter books are worth holding on to like they were diamonds. Consider this British import to be a great addition to your collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Twisted Little Tail 9 Aug 2008
By Cassondra Vick - Published on
Short and sweet, Mouse Noses on Toast is bound to have those of you with slightly twisted senses of humor laughing your noses off!

It only took me around a half hour to read, but it was a very happy half hour in which I laughed out loud many times. Mouses Noses introduces us to Paul Mouse who is allergic to, of all things, cheese. (It makes his bottom turn blue and his tail turn up like a question mark.)

He doesn't live with the other mice because of this, but instead spends his time with a Christmas tree angel named Sandra, and the Tinby, a mysterious toy. He visits his mice friends in a plastic wrap suit, which they think is the height of mouse fashion.

After one particularly stressful visit in which Paul's fashionable suit fails to protect him, Sandra suggests that Paul, the Tinby, and the dog next door (Rowley Barker Hobbs) go get a nice, posh dinner. Instead, they discover the horror that is mouse noses on toast. While many mice think that it is a myth, like caviar or colorful parrot soup with extra beaky bits, it turn out that humans do eat this dreadful delicacy.

Can the mice stop this horror? When a slightly hippie activist mouse comes on the scene, and the Tinby goes in to battle mode, then maybe, just maybe, they can get to the bottom of this. If they can get anyone's attention, that is.

The humor here is, obviously, dark. I'm not going to make comparisons to Lemony Snicket in terms of writing or content, but I think those that enjoyed the macabre humor of the unfortunate series are bound to enjoy this little book. Although the reading level and length may be suited to slightly younger ages, the humor and subject matter of this book make it more likely to appeal to readers 10 - 12, and even more likely to appeal to adult readers of children's stories. There's a lot younger readers will miss. It would make a great read-aloud for younger kids, with you on hand to answer the inevitable questions, I think.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read 29 Nov 2013
By Christine Pottinger - Published on
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Mouse noses on Toast is an excellent children's book, I bought this as a gift for my nephew we read it together, I purchased a second copy for myself well written.
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