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Where Happiness Lives by Barry Timms & Greg Abbott

Where Happiness Lives is a beautifully illustrated, lift the flap tale of three mice who live in three different sized houses. But which mouse is happiest? Does living in a bigger house with fountains and a games room make you happier than living in a cosy cottage full of family?

The Story: Grey Mouse lives with his large family in a small house. One day while walking he sees a bigger house and wishes he lived there. The owner, a white mouse, points to an even larger, grander house on a hill so the two mice go and visit. But despite the opulence and space that the brown mouse has, she often looks through her telescope at a small house full of happy mice…

At the end of the story the three mice realise that their own homes are just right for them. Grey Mouse’s house, although small, is a happy home and he is surprised to discover that the brown mouse looks at his house when she is feeling lonely. We love the final double spread where the mice stand looking at the stars, hand in hand, each one quietly appreciating their own happiness.

Greg Abbott’s illustrations perfectly complement the rhyming text and it’s fun to lift the flaps and look through the cutouts to the next page. The mice are really cute and we love the double spread showing Grey Mouse and his family (we counted 22 mice living in his house!). It shows mice cleaning their teeth, climbing a tree, reading, playing ball – it’s a busy picture which contrasts with the size and grandeur of the brown mouse’s house where she lives all alone, eating off gold plates and gazing at the stars through a dome in the roof.

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Where Happiness Lives conveys a great message that it’s not the size of your house or the number of possessions you have that make you happy. It could be used to stimulate a classroom discussion about where children live and could also encourage them to talk about what or who makes them happy.

This is a really heartwarming story and Grey Mouse sums up how all the characters feel when he says;

“Whatever your home, it is happy indeed…’

Age Range: 3 +

Author: Barry Timms / Illustrator: Greg Abbott

Thank you to Little Tiger Press for sending us a copy of this beautifully illustrated book.


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20 responses to “Where Happiness Lives by Barry Timms & Greg Abbott”


  1. lifesmoments16 avatar

    This sounds like a great story to read with the kids. I think everyone could benefit from learning this lesson early in life. I’m glad you shared this review with us so that I can share this book with my kids.

    I found you from the Monday Morning Blog Club.


    1. Catherine avatar

      Thank you for visiting Story Snug 🙂

      The book conveys a great message, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.


  2. Malin - Sensational Learning with Penguin avatar

    This book looks so sweet, and the concept of finding your own happiness and being grateful for the good things that you have is an important one, I believe x #MMBC


    1. Catherine avatar

      Yes, it’s a lovely story for conveying the message that happiness isn’t dependent on worldly goods and material possessions.


  3. Acorn Books avatar

    This looks so sweet and I’ve always loved books with illustrations of miniature houses like this. #Readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      Greg’s illustrations are absolutely gorgeous, so full of little details – we love the idea of a guitar room 🙂


  4. stickymudandbellylaughs avatar
    stickymudandbellylaughs

    What a lovely book with a beautiful message. We should be happy for the now regardless of where others are in life. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing with #MMBC. Have a fab weekend!


    1. Catherine avatar

      Yes, exactly! And we should also realise that material possessions aren’t as important as friends and family 🙂


  5. Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum) avatar

    What a wonderfully sweet book, we all deserve our own happiness! #readwithme


    1. Catherine avatar

      Exactly! And what makes one person happy doesn’t always make another person happy 🙂


  6. sarahmo3w avatar
    sarahmo3w

    The grass isn’t always greener! This sounds like a lovely book with a really important message for children (and plenty of adults too!).


    1. Catherine avatar

      Exactly! The story conveys an important message in a very subtle way 🙂


  7. mumjd avatar

    What a delightful tale and they look so cute. And of course you can’t beat a flap book.


    1. Catherine Friess avatar

      They are very cute mice and you’re right – lift the flap books are the best 🙂


  8. Cheryl TimeToCraft (@CherylInTheUK) avatar

    What a sweet book with a lovely message. I love the illustrations too. You can’t go wrong with a mouse book #mmbc


    1. Catherine avatar

      You can’t! These are very cute mice too 🙂


  9. Carol avatar

    I like the story and I agree the ending is wonderful. Sometimes the hardest thing in life is to accept where we are instead of always dreaming of where we want to be. #MMBC


    1. Catherine avatar

      This story is a great example of the saying ‘The grass isn’t always greener on the other side’ 🙂


  10. Lilyfae avatar

    That sounds a wonderful book!


    1. Catherine avatar

      It’s gorgeous, we absolutely love Greg Abbott’s illustrations 🙂