This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Free Book Program, which is open to all readers and is completely free. The author will provide you with a free copy of their book in exchange for an honest review. You and the author will discuss what sites you will post your review to and what kind of copy of the book you would like to receive (eBook, PDF, Word, paperback, etc.). To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Review Exchange Program, which is open to all authors and is completely free. Simply put, you agree to provide an honest review an author's book in exchange for the author doing the same for you. What sites your reviews are posted on (B&N, Amazon, etc.) and whether you send digital (eBook, PDF, Word, etc.) or hard copies of your books to each other for review is up to you. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email, and be sure to describe your book or include a link to your Readers' Favorite review page or Amazon page.
This author participates in the Readers' Favorite Book Donation Program, which was created to help nonprofit and charitable organizations (schools, libraries, convalescent homes, soldier donation programs, etc.) by providing them with free books and to help authors garner more exposure for their work. This author is willing to donate free copies of their book in exchange for reviews (if circumstances allow) and the knowledge that their book is being read and enjoyed. To begin, click the purple email icon to send this author a private email. Be sure to tell the author who you are, what organization you are with, how many books you need, how they will be used, and the number of reviews, if any, you would be able to provide.
Reviewed by Savannah Aldridge for Readers' Favorite
New House for Mouse by Fynisa Engler and Ryan Law is a picture book about foster care, learning to adapt, and being comfortable with difficult emotions. Mouse misses his mother when he goes to live at Mama Bunny’s foster home. His mood worsens when breakfast is a plate of veggies, rather than his usual morning pancakes. Soon, though, other children in the house reach out to ask Mouse to be their friend, and he learns that they miss their families too. Together, Mama Bunny and the other children help make Mouse feel welcome by enjoying his favorite breakfast and sharing their favorites. While he enjoys his new home, Mouse still misses his mom, and he realizes that this is okay.
I was already excited to read New House for Mouse when I saw that the illustrator was Ryan Law, who has contributed to other top-notch picture books. His work in this book, along with Fynisa Engler’s masterful writing, exceeded my expectations. I appreciated that this book did not speak down to children about the emotions that come with foster care. While Mouse learns to make new friends and feels loved, he still misses his mother and struggles to warm up to new experiences. There are also sections of the book where I momentarily forgot that the story was about foster homes because the characters were enjoying the interaction with one another and whipping up breakfast - a lovely and realistic slice of life. So many books on difficult topics either brush over the complicated feelings one might experience or stay rooted in the heavy parts of the situation in a way that may hurt rather than help children wrestling with the experience, but this one balanced both aspects perfectly. I would be happy to give this book to children, both inside and outside the foster care system.