Call it genetics. Call it environment. Call it both and more, but a case of “The Feels” involves many strange & unusual happenings throughout your life regarding TV, movies, and books: (And MANY other things but that’s a story for another day)
1. You may cry yourself to sleep every night for two weeks from reading “Where the Red Fern Grows.” Or a sad Babysitter’s Club book. Take your pick with that one. When Claudia’s grandmother died.. SOB. When Kristy’s dog, Louie, died.. MAN.
2. You may run out of the classroom crying into your shirt during a movie viewing of “Where the Red Fern Grows.”
3. When you have “The Feels” there are movies and TV shows you can never watch. Never. And don’t even try it.
4. Your imagination and emotions will always be so big that you will think you’re in love with every movie and TV character (ok, and real life people too) who have the right kind of smile, and the right kind of charisma. Surprisingly, not many do. (in real life too)
5. You will cry every time you watch the “Jurassic Bark” episode of Futurama, and you will cry every time you read the book, I’ll Always Love You which is about Elfie the dog. It’s not that somewhat creepy Love You Forever book. And it will almost become a joke in your family because you can read it every day, and think you’re immune, but still your voice will break during the last few pages, and your daughter will check your eyes for tears. Which she will find.
6. Don’t get me started on Marvin’s Room, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, or Life is Beautiful..
7...or the racism episode of “Family Matters.” Oh heck, the episode where Urkel professes his love to Laura as well.
Shall I go on? No, I think I shouldn’t. As a person with a chronic case of “The Feels” it’s always so.. heartbreaking, amazing, sad, happy, everything to see my kids get big feelings from things. For awhile I thought that Des was like me – highly sensitive to everything, and that Scarlet was like Cassidy – so darn cool and resilient, but the truth is that we are all a big mess of everything. Des is also darn cool & resilient. Scarlet is a deep thinker & feeler. They aren’t pigeon-holed or narrowed into one way of being. They are interesting kids for sure, and it’s a gift to me to see how easily they can catch constant waves of happiness in this life. And it doesn’t surprise me to hear what their hearts express from situations, people, movies and books.
Des was too busy putting Matchbox cars down Ariel’s underwater castle’s slide during the first reading of This House Needs a Mouse to give a good review, but after the second reading, he shouted out, “YAY!” That’s a glowing review from him.
The book is aimed at 3 to 8 year olds, though, so it was a bit more fun to read it to Scarlet as she leaned on my shoulder and we got “The Feels” together. It was so much fun to see what she took from the story! This House Needs a Mouse is a beautiful and colorfully illustrated children’s tale about a very extraordinary mouse in a rather ordinary house. He seeks a big life outside of his pet shop life, with the dirty and lazy fellow mice that he cannot relate to, and he finds himself experiencing a different life with two families. There are actually three families in this book, but.. SPOILERS. This book is not just meant to read to your child – it has a clever way of using language to teach young readers and writers. I’m a sucker for alliteration.
I have always loved children’s books, but it’s a whole new adventure when I’m exploring them with my own kids. I especially love a book with a compelling story, well-drawn pictures or well-taken photos, and I also love the ability of a writer to make the characters come alive. Scarlet wasn’t silent after I finished reading the book. She appreciated the happy ending of the book, but it stuck a lot in her heart that the mouse was left alone at one point, because he loved the house and wouldn’t leave it even after his first family had outgrown the house and had moved. Scarlet thought the book wasn’t truly happy because she was sad for the mouse. Have no fear – the mouse does pretty well for himself – but I love that she picked up on how things really aren’t all good, or all bad. They just are. Life can be a painful and scary experience at times.
After her major questions about the well-being of the mouse (I LOVE her heart), she then peppered me with many other questions. Good ones, too. Except for, “Does our house need a mouse too?” It doesn’t. At all.
We have pets. They take care of crumbs. (boy do they) The book comes so alive, though, that even if you don’t like mice and you may even shriek or cringe a bit in your presence, you will want THIS mouse. He’s irresistible.
I received a copy of This House Needs a Mouse for review, and because I have a kindergartener who is learning to read and we like to devour books together! All opinions are (clearly) my own. This House Needs a Mouse is available now on the book’s website, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Big Tent Books.”