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Busy, Busy Mouse Hardcover – May 26, 2003
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From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Bold, captivating illustrations and a brief text tell two stories simultaneously. While two active youngsters and their parents spend the day eating, playing, and having a good time, a little mouse has a snack, gets ready for bed, and goes to sleep. Just as the children are reading stories and easing into bedtime, the mouse is waking up and making preparations for a busy night. Kroll's staccato rhyming phrases keep the action moving along: "Baby crying./Eggs frying./Clay smashing./Blocks bashing." While the family's activities are depicted on full pages, the mouse scenes are cleverly shown as if viewed through a peephole in the wall. Kosaka's lively illustrations are the showpiece of this simple tale. Linnea Riley's Mouse Mess (Scholastic, 1997) has the same theme but more humor, and Denise Fleming's Lunch (Holt, 1995) is always a crowd pleaser. For the more sophisticated mouse lover, try the timeless allure of Eve Titus's Anatole.
Be Astengo, Alachua County Library, Gainesville, FL
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
This is Virginia Kroll's first book for Viking.
Fumi Kosaka is also the illustrator of Let's Count the Raindrops.
Top customer reviews
A little too short (with only four words per page)to make this a really solid storytelling book for my taste. Recommended for children ages 0-5.
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Recommended for children ages 0-5.
Bottom-line: Busy Busy Mouse passes the kid test. We originally checked this out from the library, but ended up buying it, because our 21-month old and our 40-month old wanted us to read it over and over again.