Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The TTLG 2011 Picture Book Celebration - Book Fifty-Three

I know that some people hate mice. I had a friend who could face a charging rhino (she was that kind of person), but who completely lost it if she saw a mouse. I am one of those people who quite likes mice, and I have reviewed a lot of picture books that have mouse characters in them. Here is a new title that I was quite charmed by. Who could resist the baby mouse in this picture book.
Heather Vogel Frederick
Illustrated by C.J. Payne
Picture Book
For ages 4 to 6
Simon and Schuster, 2011, 978-0-689-85570-2
   It is time for mouse baby to go to bed, and his daddy is looking for him. It is time for games of hide-and-squeak to end, but mouse baby is still full of beans, and he has no intention of making it easy for his father to catch him.
   Around the garden mouse baby “dashes,” with his father in hot pursuit. Through the mouse hole in the back door mouse baby runs. Mouse baby hangs from the table lamp cord, he perches on the little hand of the clock, and he jumps into the bubble filled bathtub. Doggedly Daddy follows, catching a glimpse of a tail here, and the tips of whiskers there. How long will it be before this mousey game of hide-and-squeak comes to an end?
   With its clever rhyming text and its cunning illustrations, this is the perfect book to share with a child at bedtime. Children will instantly bond with the little mouse child, and parents will appreciate the mouse father’s patience and tenacity.

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