Owen adores Easter. Life doesn't get much better than a basket full of jelly beans ("My favorite"), gumdrops ("My favorite"), buttercream eggs ("My favorite"), and a chocolate bunny ("My favorite"). Unless... there's also a little yellow marshmallow chick the same color as our hero's fuzzy blanket. Decked out in his purple plaid Easter finery, this boy mouse spends a giddy day playing with his sugary new pal. And does he succumb to tasty temptation? How dare you even think such a thing! Kevin Henkes, in picture books such as Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse
, Sheila Rae's Peppermint Stick
, and our introduction to the blanky-toting mouse, Owen
, creates recognizable characters in familiar settings and preschool predicaments. His bright, spring-hued illustrations and gently humorous plots are tremendously appealing for readers young and old. In no time, this cute little board book will have every youngster announcing, "My favorite." (Baby to preschool) --Emilie Coulter
From School Library Journal
Preschool-Kindergarten--The little mouse is back in this charming board book. Owen cannot resist any of the goodies in his Easter basket except for the yellow marshmallow chick, which happens to be the same color and texture as his cherished blanket. Instead of eating it, he plays with it, smiles at it, and finally puts it on his shelf and kisses it good night. Henkes has kept the text short, simple, and rich. His illustrations are also simple, uncluttered yet full of winsome expression. A sweet friendship story for toddlers and preschoolers.
Ann Cook, formerly at Winter Park Public Library, FL
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