New House for Mouse (paperback)

Fynisa Engler

Written by Fynisa Engler
Illustrated by Ryan Law

Young Mouse must pack his things. He’s moving to a new home, but his mom won’t be there to tuck him in at night. It’s hard for Mouse to suddenly have everything so different–even the food is different! Who eats vegetables for breakfast or forgets to put chocolate chips in the pancakes? He misses his mom and wants to go home. But just when Mouse feels he’s all alone, someone comes along and brightens his world. Follow Mouse on his emotional journey of moving to Mama Bunny’s foster home where everything is different from what he’s used to.

This book is a must read for anyone who’s either fostering children, who’s been placed in out of home care or who just wants to understand what children like Mouse are going through.—Michelle L. Romero, Department of Child Safety Program Manager

Diversity, inclusion, emotions, teamwork and of course . . . new friendships all in one sweet story! Above all, it’s the normalcy of it all.—Magdalena Benavidez, M.Ed. Counseling

Ages 2-8, 8.5″x8.5″


  1. 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.

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