Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


A Mouse-Sized Guide to Modern Art

Jane Breskin Zalben

Roaring Brook Press



Circles and squares! Squiggles and wiggles and stripes! When Jansen the mouse discovers the art of such greats as Picasso, Matisse, and Warhol, the bright, bold colors and shapes capture her imagination and spark her creativity. Join Jansen on a colorful tour of contemporary art in this new work from an acclaimed author and illustrator.

Mousterpiece is a Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book of 2012

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Praise for Mousterpiece

“In this particular world, everyone knows that mice, as much as any other rodents, enjoy scampering around kitchens scaring the heck out of people, but what they really like to do is make art….Janson, the mouse in Jane Breskin Zalben's ‘Mousterpiece' (named after the art historian H.W. Janson), has the advantage of living in an actual art museum, ‘tucked into the corner of a room filled with beautiful old furniture.'” —New York Times

“A charming introduction to modern art and an inspiring starting point for young art students.” —Booklist, starred

“...a terrific springboard for aspiring young artists everywhere.” —School Library Journal

“The joyful clarity of both vision and execution thrills.” —Kirkus, starred

“sweet-tempered parodies of modern artists…offer an opportunity for adult-child discussion…” —Publishers Weekly

In the Press

Read the Kirkus Review of MOUSTERPIECE . Who needs a cookie? Give a mouse a paintbrush! - Kirkus Reviews

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About the author

Jane Breskin Zalben

Jane Breskin Zalben has created more than forty books for children, and her art has been shown at galleries and museums across the country. When she isn't painting, she loves to cook and garden. Ms. Zalben lives on Long Island with her husband Steven.

Jane Breskin Zalben

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