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Mitten im schlimmsten Sturm stolpert Mona, die Maus, in die wunderbare Welt des kleinen Waldhotels. Sie hat großes Glück und kann als Zimmermädchen anfangen – und bleiben! Doch das Leben besteht nicht nur aus Eichelsoufflé und moosweichen Betten: Das Hotel und seine Bewohner sind in größter Gefahr! Bären und Wölfe haben das geheime Hotel entdeckt. Mona muss all ihren Einfa Mitten im schlimmsten Sturm stolpert Mona, die Maus, in die wunderbare Welt des kleinen Waldhotels. Sie hat großes Glück und kann als Zimmermädchen anfangen – und bleiben! Doch das Leben besteht nicht nur aus Eichelsoufflé und moosweichen Betten: Das Hotel und seine Bewohner sind in größter Gefahr! Bären und Wölfe haben das geheime Hotel entdeckt. Mona muss all ihren Einfallsreichtum beweisen, um den Ort zu beschützen, den sie liebt. Denn das Hotel ist mehr als eine warme Unterkunft für die Nacht: Es ist ein Zuhause. Ein herzerwärmendes Abenteuer um Freundschaft, Mut und das Glück, seinen Platz im Leben zu finden!


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Mitten im schlimmsten Sturm stolpert Mona, die Maus, in die wunderbare Welt des kleinen Waldhotels. Sie hat großes Glück und kann als Zimmermädchen anfangen – und bleiben! Doch das Leben besteht nicht nur aus Eichelsoufflé und moosweichen Betten: Das Hotel und seine Bewohner sind in größter Gefahr! Bären und Wölfe haben das geheime Hotel entdeckt. Mona muss all ihren Einfa Mitten im schlimmsten Sturm stolpert Mona, die Maus, in die wunderbare Welt des kleinen Waldhotels. Sie hat großes Glück und kann als Zimmermädchen anfangen – und bleiben! Doch das Leben besteht nicht nur aus Eichelsoufflé und moosweichen Betten: Das Hotel und seine Bewohner sind in größter Gefahr! Bären und Wölfe haben das geheime Hotel entdeckt. Mona muss all ihren Einfallsreichtum beweisen, um den Ort zu beschützen, den sie liebt. Denn das Hotel ist mehr als eine warme Unterkunft für die Nacht: Es ist ein Zuhause. Ein herzerwärmendes Abenteuer um Freundschaft, Mut und das Glück, seinen Platz im Leben zu finden!

30 review for Ein Zuhause für Mona Maus

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    A darling little story! Charming. Cozy. Dare I say, cuddly? Yet, it has some bite. You see, the story follows mostly the small creatures of the forest and, as such, many either live in fear of the carnivores or have already had frightening encounters with them. The synopsis and the adorable illustrations made me think this might be a pretty tame story (and overall it certainly is!) but if you have sensitive children do be aware that a few of the main characters have lost family members in tragic A darling little story! Charming. Cozy. Dare I say, cuddly? Yet, it has some bite. You see, the story follows mostly the small creatures of the forest and, as such, many either live in fear of the carnivores or have already had frightening encounters with them. The synopsis and the adorable illustrations made me think this might be a pretty tame story (and overall it certainly is!) but if you have sensitive children do be aware that a few of the main characters have lost family members in tragic circumstances (in the past, and off page) and and that the wolves are the "bad guys" here (again!? sigh. I mean, I do get that wolves are the foes of the little creatures of the forest, I just wish they weren't always the villains! I'll put examples below.) But, overall, it's a very sweet story about friendship, bravery and belonging. Mona is courageous and kind, and a charming protagonist. I adore the idea of a hotel in the woods run by and for the little creatures of the forest. It's so cute! Beds filled with cattail fluff, acorn hats brimming with soup--if you love little whimsical miniature worlds and nature, you'll probably love the story. I think Kallie George has a way with words and manages to tell a story that feels full in a short amount of ink. I will continue with the series. Some examples of the wolves: "Mmmm. I like the hearts. They're tastiest" one wolf remarks, thinking of a future feast. The wolf pack is described as follows: "It was a whole pack of them. Some pacing, some lying down, licking their paws. Moonlight glanced off sharp teeth and eyes yellow like fire. She could see the one -- Gnarl -- who was wearing the moles' badge. It was hanging around his neck from a ribbon that was tattered and maybe a little bloody."

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Continuing with my research of all things children’s books... this was a precious story. A story to read after playing in the snow or before bed. If you’re like me and you like to create atmosphere for your audience, think about providing shortbread cookies and tea or hot chocolate while reading. MY one PROBLEM: do the wolves and coyotes ALWAYS have to be the bad guys? I’m tired of the predators always getting painted as evil and murderous. We need a children’s book revolution. Pro-predators!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Just Commonly

    "Sleep in safety, eat in earnest, and be happy at Heartwood." (15) What a sweet and adorable story Heartwood Hotel: A True Home by Kallie George is!! The illustrations by Stephanie Graegin adds a bit to the story in a visual way for young readers. A story of courage and the true meaning of home, it will be a favorite for kids young and old. I'm not typically big on stories with mice or insects, but Mona the Mouse is sweet, cute, and have a quiet strength that inspires readers to look beyond the p "Sleep in safety, eat in earnest, and be happy at Heartwood." (15) What a sweet and adorable story Heartwood Hotel: A True Home by Kallie George is!! The illustrations by Stephanie Graegin adds a bit to the story in a visual way for young readers. A story of courage and the true meaning of home, it will be a favorite for kids young and old. I'm not typically big on stories with mice or insects, but Mona the Mouse is sweet, cute, and have a quiet strength that inspires readers to look beyond the physical, but see the person inside. Simple, yet profound topics such as jealousy and prejudice comes into play and is a great lesson for readers to pick up on, and possibly self-evaluate or even just to understand. "We live by PROTECT and RESPECT, not by TOOTH and CLAW." (11) I've been a fan of Kallie George's since the Magical Animal Adoption Agency and I think this new series, Heartwood Hotel will be another favorite. This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Suranjana

    Finished this a long time ago but couldn't update on Goodreads. I loved this book. Anytime I am stressed my hands or rather eyes pick children's fiction. The life affirming qualities of a middle grade book always fill me with enthusiasm and hopefulness. Mona the mouse actually resembled me more than I wanted to. I mean, I am 29... But a search for home, the search for a place, a community where you truly belong to, where you're valued and loved and appreciated is a personal quest and an universal Finished this a long time ago but couldn't update on Goodreads. I loved this book. Anytime I am stressed my hands or rather eyes pick children's fiction. The life affirming qualities of a middle grade book always fill me with enthusiasm and hopefulness. Mona the mouse actually resembled me more than I wanted to. I mean, I am 29... But a search for home, the search for a place, a community where you truly belong to, where you're valued and loved and appreciated is a personal quest and an universal longing. The book has a lot of quite adult issues inspite of being cute and simple. The happy ending boosted my own faith. I am reading all the next books in this series. I deeply value such uncomplicated joy that this book brought to me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Fi's Journey

    "Nothing's wrong that ends in song." The Heartwood Hotel is a series by Kallie George who I've read her other series called The Magical Animal Adoption Agency, which I quite enjoyed. This one though wasn't as cute and magical to me as her other series. It has a cute main character but there was a character in there that was just horrible and I thought that she wasn't explained that well. I know this is a children's book targeted for a very young age but still that Squirrel girl Tilly was horrible "Nothing's wrong that ends in song." The Heartwood Hotel is a series by Kallie George who I've read her other series called The Magical Animal Adoption Agency, which I quite enjoyed. This one though wasn't as cute and magical to me as her other series. It has a cute main character but there was a character in there that was just horrible and I thought that she wasn't explained that well. I know this is a children's book targeted for a very young age but still that Squirrel girl Tilly was horrible in character and the way she was written. She plagued the whole story for me and it didn't make sense.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn

    So sweet! We all loved this and we can’t wait to read the next book in the series. It also had nice black and white illustrations throughout.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Renee (LazyDayLit)

    This is a super cute chapter book about a young mouse with no home or family that finds a true home! Mona the Mouse gets swept away by a storm and finds herself at a grand oak called Heartwood Hotel. There's a party going on when she arrives and the owner generously allows her to stay the night in exchange for tidying up after the party guests. Everyone is kind and welcoming except for Tilly the Squirrel, but Mona is extra helpful and finds her place after all! I read this to my daughter and we b This is a super cute chapter book about a young mouse with no home or family that finds a true home! Mona the Mouse gets swept away by a storm and finds herself at a grand oak called Heartwood Hotel. There's a party going on when she arrives and the owner generously allows her to stay the night in exchange for tidying up after the party guests. Everyone is kind and welcoming except for Tilly the Squirrel, but Mona is extra helpful and finds her place after all! I read this to my daughter and we both enjoyed it very much. The anthropomorphic animal characters were mostly kind and generous with real problems and worries and it was easy to root for and worry for Mona and the others. Of course, there were a few bleak moments, such as a big bear and even wolves, but Mona uses her big heart and keen mind to help out anywhere and everywhere she can! This is the first in a trilogy! This review was originally shared on Lazy Day Literature.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lee Födi

    Full disclosure: I was privileged to be a part of the journey as this book—and this world—came to life in the imagination of author Kallie George. I was lucky enough to read various drafts of the plots and stories along the way. When Kallie first told me about her idea, I instantly thought of one of my favorite childhood series, The Bedtime Story-Books by Thornton W. Burgess. As a child, I loved entering a world where animals were highly anthropomorphized, but still inhabited a world with all th Full disclosure: I was privileged to be a part of the journey as this book—and this world—came to life in the imagination of author Kallie George. I was lucky enough to read various drafts of the plots and stories along the way. When Kallie first told me about her idea, I instantly thought of one of my favorite childhood series, The Bedtime Story-Books by Thornton W. Burgess. As a child, I loved entering a world where animals were highly anthropomorphized, but still inhabited a world with all the natural dangers of the forest. Kallie George’s new Heartwood Hotel series is much the same. She has teased whimsical personalities from the natural characteristics of her animals and constructed a world where there is delight—and danger—around every bend in the forest trail. In particular, I really adore the Kallie's ability to turn a phrase, or to tease magic out of each sentence, giving the book a classical feel. This book makes a great read aloud!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kathie

    This was a very cute book, and a great beginning to a series I look forward to reading.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This was fine for a child's book, but didn't appeal to me as an adult. It definitely skews to the lower end of the 3-5 SSYRA range and young girls and boys will like the cutesy animals. This was fine for a child's book, but didn't appeal to me as an adult. It definitely skews to the lower end of the 3-5 SSYRA range and young girls and boys will like the cutesy animals.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katie R

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was great and it was one of my favorite SSYRA’s. My favorite part was when Mona had a great idea and Mr.Heartwood listened to her and she was thankful that Bummble helped her out too

  12. 5 out of 5

    Heidi

    Four and a half stars: A charming, cozy read all about friends and family. One stormy night, Mona the mouse is washed out of her home. Soaking wet, alone and scared, Mona stumbles through the woods clutching her suitcase with the heart looking for shelter. Then she comes across the Heartwood Hotel, and the kindhearted owner, Mr. Heartwood, takes her in even though they are full. In exchange for a hot meal and a warm bed, Mona will help clean up after the big festival. After fulfilling her obliga Four and a half stars: A charming, cozy read all about friends and family. One stormy night, Mona the mouse is washed out of her home. Soaking wet, alone and scared, Mona stumbles through the woods clutching her suitcase with the heart looking for shelter. Then she comes across the Heartwood Hotel, and the kindhearted owner, Mr. Heartwood, takes her in even though they are full. In exchange for a hot meal and a warm bed, Mona will help clean up after the big festival. After fulfilling her obligation, Mona expects to have to leave, but she is delighted when she is asked to stay on. Mona quickly adapts to her new home, making friends and helping others, but there is one animal, Tilly the Squirrel, who doesn’t like Mona. Will Mona be able to stay? What I Liked: *A True Home is the first book in the Heartwood Hotel Series. I had the pleasure of reading this aloud with my children. We loved the sweet story, the cozy atmosphere, the fun, eclectic characters and the positive messages. This is an excellent series for young readers. *I loved Mona the Mouse’s big heart, courageous spirit and her willingness to help others, even a big bear. Mona may be small, but she has a huge heart and she is bursting with kindness. She is nice to everyone, even a lady bug and a bear, which makes all the difference. I loved watching this little mouse find her way, conquer the troubles and find a home. *At the heart of the story is the message of friends and family. Mona is an orphan mouse, she can’t remember her parents, or what happened to them. She was alone in the world until she came to the Heartwood. Mona quickly makes new friends, and learns what a family is. I loved the focus on the importance of friends and family. *Tilly the Squirrel is a tough nut to crack, as she is often mean to Mona. I loved the way she finally came through for Mona, and the friendship that the two formed. And The Not So Much: *I was sad to learn what happened to Tilly’s family, and also that Mona had lost her family. This may be troubling to younger readers. *I finished wishing that I had learned more about Mona’s family. I am hoping this mystery will be solved in the next book. A True Home is a sweet, cozy and delightful story about a kind, little orphan mouse who helps others, and finds a true home and a family along the way. This is an excellent book for younger readers. I loved the characters, the setting and the positive messages. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review. [email protected] Day Ramblings.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Carla Johnson-Hicks

    This is a delightful story for late primary readers who are ready for more difficult chapter books. It's the story of Mona, a mouse, and an animal hotel in the woods. Mona accidentally finds the hotel when her house is flooded and she ends up getting washed down a river. She stumbles upon a large tree and when she rubs her hand over the heart carved in the trunk, the hidden door opens. Heartwood Hotel, hidden in a tree, provides refuge for lost woodland creatures, safety as well as participation This is a delightful story for late primary readers who are ready for more difficult chapter books. It's the story of Mona, a mouse, and an animal hotel in the woods. Mona accidentally finds the hotel when her house is flooded and she ends up getting washed down a river. She stumbles upon a large tree and when she rubs her hand over the heart carved in the trunk, the hidden door opens. Heartwood Hotel, hidden in a tree, provides refuge for lost woodland creatures, safety as well as participation in several conventions and festivals, all within its cozy branches. Being homeless, she is offered a warm place to stay in exchange for work. Children will be amused by the delightful world within this Hotel, as well as the many life lessons that Mona learns and teaches others along the way. The various animals at the hotel are all varied and have different talents and interests. The owner, a badger named Mr. Heartwood, is kind and generous to a fault. The guests all have different needs that must be taken care of. It is a wonderful cast of characters. There is some adventure, problem solving as well as a little danger. This would make a nice read aloud in a primary class where there is a chapter read each day with some good discussions to follow. I really like the ideas about friendship, class structure as well as facing your fears and helping your friends. There is also lessons about loss, self-confidence and to some degree bullying. It is not in your face, but the ideas are all there. A good addition to a school or class library. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Katelyn

    We read this as a family read aloud with my husband, myself, and my oldest taking turns reading. It is a very cute story about a mouse who doesn't have a home come by accident to the Heartwood Hotel. She becomes a maid there and has to learn her place as well as how to get along with her co-worker who doesn't seem to like her. She befriends various animals and creatures leading up to various seasonal festivals. We read this as a family read aloud with my husband, myself, and my oldest taking turns reading. It is a very cute story about a mouse who doesn't have a home come by accident to the Heartwood Hotel. She becomes a maid there and has to learn her place as well as how to get along with her co-worker who doesn't seem to like her. She befriends various animals and creatures leading up to various seasonal festivals.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shira

    I loved how cold, dreary, the start was. Learning so many tragic things about Mona's past, while it's haunting her in the moment. But the moment Mona steps into the Heartwood Hotel, the book takes a warm, loving leap into the realm of safety! Alrighty, enough spoilers. I'll just sum up the book in one word. Kind. I loved how cold, dreary, the start was. Learning so many tragic things about Mona's past, while it's haunting her in the moment. But the moment Mona steps into the Heartwood Hotel, the book takes a warm, loving leap into the realm of safety! Alrighty, enough spoilers. I'll just sum up the book in one word. Kind.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    3 stars for kids, but as far as adult appeal it is lower. I’m Lao just not that into stories with animals as characters.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Chelsey

    Almost as cute as Sophie Mouse.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Laila R.

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  19. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Perteet

    We all loved this book recommended by Sarah Mackenzie. I was originally planning on just reading this one to Jacob and Lucy but my big kids crept in and begged for just one more chapter. I love when that happens. I will be ordering the next one in the series for sure.

  20. 5 out of 5

    MaryJo

    Mona is such a sweet hero. She’s tough in a very gentle way and a good role model for any young person.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kristine

    Adorable story ... I did enjoy it ... I was in need of a fluffy read ... Heartwarming!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Small Review

    Very cute.

  23. 4 out of 5

    The Keepers of the Books

    Seeking shelter during a storm, Mona the Mouse finds herself at the Heartwood Hotel. Hoping they’ll let her stay, Mona gets hired as a maid for the hotel. This, however, causes her to become automatic enemies with Tilly, who thinks Mona is trying to take her job. Attempting to get her fired, Tilly causes lots of trouble for Mona. This causes Mona to have to soothe guest’s ruffled feathers. Can she become a valued addition to Heartwood Hotel? The illustrations are cute, loveable, and detailed. The Seeking shelter during a storm, Mona the Mouse finds herself at the Heartwood Hotel. Hoping they’ll let her stay, Mona gets hired as a maid for the hotel. This, however, causes her to become automatic enemies with Tilly, who thinks Mona is trying to take her job. Attempting to get her fired, Tilly causes lots of trouble for Mona. This causes Mona to have to soothe guest’s ruffled feathers. Can she become a valued addition to Heartwood Hotel? The illustrations are cute, loveable, and detailed. The plot is engaging and the perfect level for early chapter book readers. The characters are human-like, complex, and unique. Fans of animals, adventure, and fantasy will enjoy reading this book. This book was featured on The Keepers of the Books' "July Weekly Reads #2" episode. For more book reviews, recommendations, or online librarian advice, please visit us at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCK3v... Please Note: A copy of this book was given to us in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed, however, are our own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Munro's Kids

    I apparently have a real soft spot for charming books starring mice (Redwall, Sophie Mouse, Tale of Despereaux, etc.) and I'm happy to add this one to the list. This would make a good read for primary readers looking for a sweet but adventurous chapter book. It's a lovely little tale about a mouse who escapes a huge storm by stumbling across a hotel built into a massive tree. She has nowhere to go and no money, so the owner gives her a job as a maid. It won't make you laugh out loud and it's not I apparently have a real soft spot for charming books starring mice (Redwall, Sophie Mouse, Tale of Despereaux, etc.) and I'm happy to add this one to the list. This would make a good read for primary readers looking for a sweet but adventurous chapter book. It's a lovely little tale about a mouse who escapes a huge storm by stumbling across a hotel built into a massive tree. She has nowhere to go and no money, so the owner gives her a job as a maid. It won't make you laugh out loud and it's not particularly action-packed, but it's quite sweet with some good lessons on bravery, compassion, and self-esteem. I can see it competing with Sophie Mouse at our store, or at least making a good recommendation for those who enjoyed Sophie Mouse or Kallie George's other primary series, Magical Animal Adoption Agency.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    Mona's house is swept away in a storm, just like her parents were long ago. The homeless mouse wanders looking for a new home until she comes to the Heartwood Hotel. A warm and safe place for woodland animals. Mr. Heartwood offers Mona a place to spend the night in exchange for helping the maid, a squirrel named Tilly, to clean up after a party that the hotel guests are enjoying. Tilly is not happy about it, but comforts herself that it is only for one night. In the morning Mr. Heartwood (a badg Mona's house is swept away in a storm, just like her parents were long ago. The homeless mouse wanders looking for a new home until she comes to the Heartwood Hotel. A warm and safe place for woodland animals. Mr. Heartwood offers Mona a place to spend the night in exchange for helping the maid, a squirrel named Tilly, to clean up after a party that the hotel guests are enjoying. Tilly is not happy about it, but comforts herself that it is only for one night. In the morning Mr. Heartwood (a badger) offers Mona a position through the Fall and Tilly is dismayed again. Mona soon feels at home among the employees and guests and even saves the hotel from a sleepy bear with her courage and quick thinking. The tension between Mona and Tilly escalates into a final disagreement that sends Mona running away in tears. She discovers a pack of wolves who plan to attack the Heartwood Hotel and dine on it's residents on First Winter's Eve. Mona returns to the hotel and uses an ingenious plan that involves a certain sleepy bear. She saves the Heartwood Hotel, her friends, and the First Winter's Eve festival! Tilly apologizes and they become friends. Sort of a cross between "Anne of Green Gables" and "The Wind in the Willows" this book is sure to appeal to readers of all ages who love personified animal tales. The characters are extra fun in their slightly predictable personalities (the cook is jolly, the maid is grumpy, the proprietor is generous, and the lizard is haughty) by the fact that they are animals who live a bit like we do and a bit like themselves. Mona is a brave and courageous character who is a good example for children to follow in her very teeny footsteps. Black and white illustrations are sprinkled through the text and are cute; but some color, depth, and detail would be appreciated as the story seems to warrant pages and pages of oil painted illustrations with lots of warmth and homey goodness. Full pages of illustrations would greatly enhance the telling of the tale and add a deeper sense of welcome to the words. In this story, the good guys are good guys and bad guys are bad guys so don't look too hard at the plot, but this is the perfect story to read to children on a crisp autumn night or two with delicious carmel apples in hand.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Peyton

    The Heartwood Hotel series by Kallie George follows the life of a mouse named Mona on her adventures in the perfectly cozy Heartwood Hotel. Mona works at the Heartwood Hotel with other staff and a colourful cast of guests and visitors. All small creatures are allowed to stay at the Heartwood Hotel, from bunnies to bugs and all furry and feather fowl in between so long as they follow the rule “We live by ‘Protect and Respect,’ Not by ‘Tooth and Claw’”. The first in the series, Heartwood Hotel: A The Heartwood Hotel series by Kallie George follows the life of a mouse named Mona on her adventures in the perfectly cozy Heartwood Hotel. Mona works at the Heartwood Hotel with other staff and a colourful cast of guests and visitors. All small creatures are allowed to stay at the Heartwood Hotel, from bunnies to bugs and all furry and feather fowl in between so long as they follow the rule “We live by ‘Protect and Respect,’ Not by ‘Tooth and Claw’”. The first in the series, Heartwood Hotel: A True Home tells the tale of Mona’s adventurous journey of finding the hotel and learning about her family and her history. Mona goes through all sorts of terrifying escapades in the forest before finding the warm and welcoming Heartwood Hotel, a place that she can finally call home. Heartwood Hotel: A True Home is followed by Heartwood Hotel: The Greatest Gift. Set during the animal’s version of Christmas holidays, Mona learns about gifts and the importance of helping others. New characters are introduced and more risk is found as the Heartwood Hotel is put through winter. Hibernation has started, and those not sleeping need to stay warm and fed in the cold, snowy nights of winter. Animals are common characters in children’s stories and fit perfectly in the world of the Heartwood Hotel. Mona is a cute little mouse and seeing her grow in the stories is moving and encouraging. All the characters grow throughout the two tales. Each character has their own background story and special place and importance in the Heartwood Hotel. They have a lesson to learn and a role to play that contributes well to the story.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Liz

    A hotel is often said to be a “home away from home.” This is how the animals of Fernwood Forest see Heartwood Hotel. In A True Home, Kallie George brings this adorable new chapter book series to life and introduces us to Mona the mouse. Flooding drives Mona the mouse out of her newest home. With her suitcase in hand, she heads out into the storm. Fate sweeps her to the door of the Heartwood Hotel. Gilles the front-desk lizard intercepts Mona and regretfully informs her that the hotel is fully book A hotel is often said to be a “home away from home.” This is how the animals of Fernwood Forest see Heartwood Hotel. In A True Home, Kallie George brings this adorable new chapter book series to life and introduces us to Mona the mouse. Flooding drives Mona the mouse out of her newest home. With her suitcase in hand, she heads out into the storm. Fate sweeps her to the door of the Heartwood Hotel. Gilles the front-desk lizard intercepts Mona and regretfully informs her that the hotel is fully booked due to the Acorn Festival. But Mr. Heartwood, the owner, takes pity on Mona. He offers her a temporary position for the night as a maid and a place to sleep in the staff quarters. Mr. Heartwood then extends this one-night job throughout the fall festival season. Although Mona works hard, she can’t win the friendship of the other maid, Tilly the squirrel. Mona also attracts trouble over and over again—with skunk guests, with Tilly, and even when a bug tries to stay at the hotel! Mona is sure to become a much-beloved character in many young readers’ homes. Her hard work on behalf of the hotel, her penchant for mishap when she is trying to help others, and her creative solutions to problems will make her a favorite among little ones. Those young readers will be spellbound by Mona’s tale, as they worry with her about where she will go after the fall festival season is over. I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review and am looking forward to the next books in this series!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This sweet short chapter book with occasional b&w illustrations tells the story of an orphaned mouse who stumbles upon Heartwood Hotel when she's cold, wet, lost, and alone. Although Mona is smaller than most of the other creatures there - squirrels, hedgehogs, porcupines, raccoons, gophers, birds, etc. - she finds her place as a maid, and finds a way to contribute. Mona is humble, hardworking, and cares enough about others to notice what they're experiencing. AND she is adventurous, courageous, This sweet short chapter book with occasional b&w illustrations tells the story of an orphaned mouse who stumbles upon Heartwood Hotel when she's cold, wet, lost, and alone. Although Mona is smaller than most of the other creatures there - squirrels, hedgehogs, porcupines, raccoons, gophers, birds, etc. - she finds her place as a maid, and finds a way to contribute. Mona is humble, hardworking, and cares enough about others to notice what they're experiencing. AND she is adventurous, courageous, and creative - she figures out how to solve both big & small problems facing the warm, cozy, supportive community of small woodland creatures that live, work, and stay as guests at Heartwood Hotel. She bravely faces a bear, having confidence in his "humanity" rather than being overwhelmed by fear. Even adult readers will remember their childhood fascination with the tiny homes that small creatures need, and the idea that one tree might contain a working hotel that includes numerous hollows with spaces that suit each small creature's needs is clearly wondrous. A few episodes of prejudice & overcoming preconceptions could have been elaborated a bit more to make the metaphor clear to the youngest readers - this story would work as a read-aloud to a family of kids ages 4 to 9, or as a read-alone for kids ages 6 to 9 - but it works well enough as is.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Angie

    J: "It was amazing. I want to read it over and over and over and read all the books in the series." C: "I like the wolf part!" A: "I like the bear." This was one of those books that did not fail to elicit "just one more chapter!" reactions every time we read. I'm not sure I ever got away with fewer than three chapters at a time. After reading (enduring) most of the Sophie Mouse series, this one was a breath of fresh air. The writing was elevated. It was fun to have the kids ask me about the differe J: "It was amazing. I want to read it over and over and over and read all the books in the series." C: "I like the wolf part!" A: "I like the bear." This was one of those books that did not fail to elicit "just one more chapter!" reactions every time we read. I'm not sure I ever got away with fewer than three chapters at a time. After reading (enduring) most of the Sophie Mouse series, this one was a breath of fresh air. The writing was elevated. It was fun to have the kids ask me about the different big words they heard, like "kerfuffle," "astounded," and "wielding." There was some exciting and tense conflict that created some of our need to read beyond just one or two chapters at a time. I found it really interesting that my most timid child - the one who would have buried her head in my shoulder if we were sitting in front of a movie screen showing the scene we were reading - said her favorite parts were the wolves. I also appreciated the moody Tilly character. What a great lesson on offering grace to others who don't act the way we'd like them to, and how past hurts is often what is behind toxic behavior. We got this from the library, but I am going to have to keep an eye out for it for the shelves at home. I can see them revisiting these fondly in a few years when they are old enough to read them on their own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sam

    Huge thank you to Harper Collins Canada for this ARC! Heartwood Hotel is such a cute series, and this first book was such a delight. Mona is such a sweet little heroine who starts out homeless and then stumbles open a beautiful hotel in the forest. I wanted to cuddle Mona throughout the story because she is so kind, but is full of determination. She's a great role model character for younger readers. Each character is so charming, though! I LOVED bossy Tilly, though she somewhat reminded me of my Huge thank you to Harper Collins Canada for this ARC! Heartwood Hotel is such a cute series, and this first book was such a delight. Mona is such a sweet little heroine who starts out homeless and then stumbles open a beautiful hotel in the forest. I wanted to cuddle Mona throughout the story because she is so kind, but is full of determination. She's a great role model character for younger readers. Each character is so charming, though! I LOVED bossy Tilly, though she somewhat reminded me of my own mother. This first book is just so comfortable, warm and cozy. It's the kind of book that you want to snuggle with a warm blanket and a hot drink. While there is some danger in the story, it's nothing too frighting, but it teaches children about finding strength in unlikely situations and how friendship can help solve bigger problems. I also want to praise the illustrations by Stephanie Graegin, which I feel accompany the story so beautifully. I loved having the pictures side-by-side with the text, and I can only imagine how beautiful the artwork looks in the finished edition. This first book is so charming, and it's definitely one I will be recommending to younger readers when the opportunity arises.

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