This is a horrible book about a man, who is only trying to feed the birds in his garden, and a mouse who is a thief and a bully. Being a spiteful mouse and not content with stealing food, the mouse goes on the attack when the man tries to ensure that the birds, for whom the food is intended, are fed. He attacks the man for no reason. If he is so clever he could have gone on stealing the food without having to attack the man.
Compare this to something like The Gruffalo, where a clever mouse uses his brain to outwit bigger creatures who are trying to eat him. In that book the mouse is in peril and being bullied. He is clever in his defence and comes out on top, but does not attack or hurt anyone. The "Clever Little Mouse" is about a bully who uses his "clever" brain to attack someone who is trying to do something nice for the birds. The mouse's situation is not one of hardship where he is forced to steal. He is depicted as having a nice house and a good situation. He is not attacked and forced to defend himself. He doesn't even need to attack the man to get the food, he just wants to. Is this a morale you want to teach your children? If someone tries to protect their own property, or the things they are giving to others (in a completely non-violent way), you should attack them?
The clever author conveniently missed out the true ending where, having no food to eat thanks to the Mouse stealing it and the man no longer putting any out, all the birds migrate leaving the garden a barren place with no music or singing. The Mouse, now starving, is forced to seek food in the traps that the man has put out. Being malnourished and unable to think straight, he is no longer clever and is caught in a trap. (You may have got the picture that this Mouse is not a likeable character.)
Needless to say, I never read this book to my child. It may be very cheap, but I suggest you save your money and buy ANYTHING else.
I liked it when the mouse set up the booby trap. The mouse was really clever when he used the skateboard and the bucket of water and I really loved him. I think other children should get this book because it is very good that someone wrote it. I think everyone should give it 5 stars. James age 4 1/2.
The story is nice, but it has been let down by the poor conversion to Kindle. The illustrations are on the amateur side, and don't align well with the text. Some pages have a picture and text, other have a lot of text, and some have just one line. This makes the flow of reading quite difficult.
The story and the pictures in this book are incorrectly aligned so it makes it very difficult for children to follow. The constant flipping of pages back and forth to look at the pictures which support the text detracts from the pleasure of reading to children.