The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear, Board book

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear Board book

Illustrated by Don Wood

Part of the Child's Play Library series

4.5 out of 5 (12 ratings)


First published in 1984, a picture book in which the Little Mouse will do all he can to save his strawberry from the Big, Hungry Bear, even if it means sharing it with the reader.

The Little Mouse and the Big Hungry Bear are known and loved by millions of children around the world.

Little Mouse loves strawberries, but so does the bear...How will Little Mouse stop the bear from eating his freshly picked, red, ripe strawberry.


  • Format: Board book
  • Pages: 24 pages, 24 colour illustrations
  • Publisher: Child's Play International Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Baby books
  • ISBN: 9780859536592



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This book is written in the form of a narrator talking directly to the main character, the little mouse. (Spoiler alert - there probably isn't really a bear.)Very cute, very simple - each page has only one or two lines on it - and some clever illustrations (one one page, the mouse disguises his strawberry in a pair of fake glasses with a nose).Only thing is that this book has been abridged slightly. The non-board book versions have a few illustrations that were left out of this version, and some of the two-page spreads in the other versions were cut down into one page in this version, making a few pages look a little choppy. Also, the last page of the book has become this book's back cover and blurb.It doesn't ruin the book, or make it close to unreadable, but if I had to do it again I'd just buy the longer version to start with.

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Little Mouse is just about to pick a scrumptious looking strawberry when he learns about the Big Hungry Bear. The Big Hungry Bear loves red ripe strawberries! Out of fear of the bear, Little Mouse goes to great lengths to keep his strawberry safe, including nailing windows shut and barring doors. Finally he decides there is only one way to keep his strawberry safe from the Big Hungry Bear...he eats it himself! The beautiful illustrations pay careful attention to details, such as each little seed on the strawberry and the blush in the mouse's cheeks. This is a story that is a joy to read again and again.

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This story is just great! Loved it!!!!

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The story of a mouse and his strawberry. This has always been a favorite for our son.

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This book was a great story about how a mouse can save a strawberry he found from getting eaten by a big hungry bear. The reader tells him that the only way he can say it is by sharing it with the reader and they end up being able to save the strawberry from the bear. The point of view of the story was from the reader who was actually interacting with the mouse which I thought was really new and interesting. The first page you read "Hello, little mouse. What are you doing?" and you know from there that whoever is reading the book is actually talking to the mouse which I loved. The illustrations in this book were also amazing. The redness of the strawberry and the actual drawing of the mouse and his home was amazing and really added so much to the story. Also, because it did not have a great deal of text, the illustrations where the main indicator of what was happening in the story and I thought they conveyed the funny and light hearted tone that this book had. I thought that this book was truly amazing with the illustrations and the funny lighthearted message that the reader actually got to get involved in and become a character themselves.

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