New Book Release: Quiet as a Mouse: And Other Animal Idioms by Chiêu Anh Urban!

A belated congratulations and mighty woo-HOO to Chiêu Anh Urban for the January 2nd release of her latest title, Quiet as a Mouse: And Other Animal Idioms!


Are you hungry as a bear? Sly as a fox? Stubborn as a mule? Introducing ANIMAL IDIOMS!

This entertaining die-cut board book, featuring colorful, adorable art, introduces children to some fun animal idioms. Like a guessing game, each image shows just a part of the creature, with an accompanying rhyme that hints at its identity. Kids turn the page . . . and see which friendly animal fits the bill.

Urban uses similes to highlight five animals… Small die-cuts offer pops of color, a hint of what’s to come.” It’s a visually dramatic and playful exploration of animals and language–especially the final scene featuring a very happy clam with mirrored sunglasses.”  Publishers Weekly, November 2017

Urban explores animal-related idioms through a fun guessing game that pairs bouncy rhymes with close-ups of different faces… Vibrant images fill each page… Strategically placed die-cut holes and flashy, fun details (a red bandana for the ox, a pair of sunglasses for the bat) add to the charm.” – School Library Journal, January 2018, Board Books Make Us Happy – Editors’ Pick

​Author Bio:

Chiêu Anh Urban is a published author, illustrator, graphic designer, and format designer who specializes in developing innovative formats and interactive books for the very young. Chiêu’s novelty books include Color Wonder Hooray for Spring!, Color Wonder Winter is Here!, and Quiet as a Mouse: And Other Animal Idioms.  She is the creator of Away We Go! and the author of Raindrops: A Shower of Colors. Chiêu holds a BFA in Communications Art and Design. Visit her website at and blog at ​ to see more of books and artwork​.

You can also visit Chiêu’s Facebook page!

​ Again, congratulations, Chiêu for Quiet as a Mouse: And Other Animal IdiomsBest wishe for this and all your other titles.

Happy writing and drawing, everyone!

About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, blogger/vlogger at Write, Run, Rejoice and Joyful Miles, mom of two awesome boys, wife of one fantastic husband, excellent chili maker, and obsessive list keeper. She loves run-on sentences and adverbs. She also still thinks Spice World was an awesome movie and feels no shame about that.
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1 Response to New Book Release: Quiet as a Mouse: And Other Animal Idioms by Chiêu Anh Urban!

  1. Congratulations, Chieu! I can’t wait to see this book and you, at the conference!

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