World Cup Mouse Review

Hello, Ken here with a review of World Cup Mouse by Richard Seidman. Although I admit I’m not a huge fan of soccer (except when my kids were playing in a local league), the concept of a mouse playing soccer was intriguing.  Take a look at the blurb and then read my review below.

World Cup Mouse by Richard Seidman

“Where there’s a mouse there’s a way”

Soccer-playing mouse has ambitious dreams in World Cup Mouse,

a new book for 7 to 10 year-olds by Richard Seidman

“Where there’s a mouse, there’s a way,” says Louie LaSurie. But it will take more than lofty words for Louie to achieve his goal: to be the first mouse to play for France in the World Cup soccer tournament.
World Cup Mouse (May 2014) by Richard Seidman is a comic, action-filled tale of friendship and pursuing one’s dream even when it seems impossible. For example, how can Louie ever manage to kick a human-sized soccer ball and not just the dried pea with which he has been practicing? How can he avoid getting squished by the thrashing feet of the giant humans? And can he overcome his own self-doubts and fiery temper? Aided by his best friend, François, and the human girl, Rose, Louie gives it his best shot.
Louie’s ambition and personality are brought to life through Seidman’s words and artist Ursula Andrejczuk’s illustrations in this book for seven to ten-year-olds. “I love the humor and absurdity of Louie’s aspiration,” Seidman says, “and at the same time I admire his crazy determination and chutzpah. He inspires me, even as he makes me laugh.”
Seidman will contribute a percentage of the profits of each book sold to organizations that support youth soccer around the world.

World Cup Mouse releases just in time for the 2014 World Cup tournament that begins in June in Brazil.

Praise for World Cup Mouse

“I had tears in my eyes and chills up my spine,” reported one reader.
Another reader said, “You know, I thought it would be for really little kids because there’s a talking mouse, but actually I really enjoyed it and I’m almost eleven.”
World Cup Mouse releases just in time for the 2014 World Cup tournament that begins in June in Brazil.

Now here’s my review:

World Cup Mouse by Richard Seidman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’ve always been partial to stories where the author takes the real world and adds just enough of a fantasy twist to make it fun and different. Think Who Framed Roger Rabbit? In World Cup Mouse, the world remains much as we know it, except for the fact that mice are intelligent and can talk. Not only that, but the people in this world find this perfectly normal (although a few of them would rather flush a mouse down the toilet than talk with them). So when Louie expresses his desire to play for the French soccer team, no one is surprised he can talk.  They just think he’s crazy.

I found the idea of a mouse playing soccer both delightful and intriguing, since I wondered how a mouse could play soccer with a ball large enough to flatten him. Fortunately, the author does a good job of making it all seem believable. He also describes the action during the soccer games in such a way that a reader doesn’t have to know much about soccer to understand what’s going on.

The pacing was good.  The story moved along quickly with never a dull moment. Louie has plenty of adventures, along with a few harrowing escapes, as he struggles to join the French soccer team.

I liked how the humans treated Louie with respect, even when they didn’t believe he was big enough to play with them. I was also inspired by Louie’s fortitude. He always tried his best and never gave up, even in the darkest moments.

The book contains a fair number of illustrations (drawn by Ursula Andrejczuk), but they were mostly unfinished in the ARC I received, so I cannot comment on them other than to say they appeared to fit nicely with the story.

My only problem with World Cup Mouse was that most of the hurdles Louie faced were solved a bit too easily and too quickly. Not necessarily a concern for the intended age group (7-10), but it might put off some older kids and adults who enjoy having the tension ratchet up a bit as the story progresses. But that’s a minor quibble. World Cup Mouse was a quick and entertaining read and I suspect most children would love this book.

Unless they hate soccer.  Or mice.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair review.

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Author Richard Seidman

Richard Seidman loves to make jokes and, as he puts it, “funny business.” He says that’s one of the main reasons he enjoys writing – to amuse himself and children (and also the big children that are called “grown-ups”).
For Richard, funny business is a way to love life, and it’s also a way to transform sorrows. His ancestors, their hearts full of stories and hopes, fled to the U.S. from Poland and Ukraine in the early part of the twentieth century. Forty years later, Richard was born in Brooklyn, New York.
When he was growing up, playing games and sports and reading were the main things he enjoyed, and they’re still the main things he enjoys today! 

Richard wound up in Portland, Oregon where in 1989 he founded the nonprofit tree-planting group, Friends of Trees. In 1996, he was honored as a “Community Hero” for his role as the group’s founder and carried the Olympic torch in its national relay.
In 2001, St. Martin’s Press published his nonfiction book for adults, The Oracle of Kabbalah: Mystical Teachings of the Hebrew Letters. Richard will be releasing a revised edition, The New Oracle of Kabbalah, in fall of 2014.
He’s a member of SCBWI, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and a founding member of a local children’s book writing critique group. He’s also the editor and compiler of a nonfiction children’s book published by Benchmark Education, I Am Deaf and I Dance: A Memoir.
In the fall of 2013, after training in the martial arts for eighteen years, Richard earned a black belt in Shotokan Karate.
He now lives in Ashland, Oregon with his wife, Rachael. For more information about Richard and his books for children, visit

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  1. “Where there’s a mouse, there’s a way.” I absolutely loved this.

  2. It’s Louie’s whole attitude on life. I wonder what the equivalent saying would be for a writer.

  3. What a cute premise. And I love that quote. “Where there’s a mouse, there’s a way.”

  4. Age 7-10 fits into the range for my readers. Thanks for sharing this review at Booknificent Thursday

    • That’s exactly why I hooked Ken’s review to your hop, Tina. I think they’ll also like this week’s book to read to your little boy, maybe on that riding toy, LOL!

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