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Carlo the Mouse/ Book 1: Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse Paperback – June 10, 2013
Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
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About the Author
Olga D'Agostino is also known as MRS. D, and is an award-winning children's author who was born in western Ukraine. She lived in the historical city of Lviv, where she studied business at Lviv Business College. In 1992, she immigrated to the USA with her two small daughters and for years worked in her own business. In 2011, she began her career as a writer, focusing on writing children's books that have meaning and provide valuable lessons. Two of her children's books, The Trees Have Hearts and Good Morning, World, won Mom's Choice Awards in 2013. She is a member of SCBWI and speaks a few languages fluently. She lives in the famous town of Smithville, N.J., with her husband Patrick and a meticulous old cat named Nyda.
Published children's books by Mrs. D. include Carlo the Mouse on Vacation, The Trees Have Hearts, The City Kittens and the Old House Cat, Good Morning, World!, Runaway Clothes, The Little Girl Praying on the Hill, and Carlo the Mouse, Book 1: Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse.
Coming in 2014: The Royal Palm, Carlo the Mouse, Book 2: Now We're Talking!
The full series of Carlo the Mouse and her new books The Mysterious Life Inside a Closet, That Is How Things Are (two connected stories: The Autumn Wind and The Kitten and the Sparrow), her new book The Cat Who Wonders By Itself, and three rhyming stories in Who Is Most Important in the Fridge? will be published in the near future. Her books are available in print on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and as e-books for most popular e-devices.
She also likes to write short stories for adult readers. She is presently working on her first novel, The Chinese Princess, and a short story, "A Taste of Bread." For updates on Mrs.D.'s books, please visit her website: mrsdbooks.net.
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Finally magic happened! Amazon delivered a long awaited book, Carlo the Mouse, Book 1: Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse! Children are happy, parents are thrilled, and baby Carlo is over the moon! The story immediately drew us into a life of the baby Carlo, who made us wonder page after page. At the end of the story, my younger son knew all five rules by the heartbeat! The only regrets we have that this book finished on the most interesting spot, but it gave us an opportunity to discuss the story again and go over the beautiful illustrations, which made this book memorable and fun to read. Now I understand why your little fans like Carlo the mouse. As a grown-up, I fell in love with this adorable character the moment I looked at the first illustration. I had as much pleasure reading this book as my son did. Sometimes, a sample book like this one, gives more to a child then books chosen by the school experts. Now we could hardly wait what the next book will hold. Thank you so much for making our children happy. Because of books like yours, our children will grow up happier, kinder, and smarter. Great story! Wonderful artwork! Astonishing children’s book! Because of books like yours, our children will grow up happier, kinder, and smarter.
I happened to be present at the Galloway Public Library yesterday where there was a reading in progress, featuring this delightful story. I could tell by the enraptured expressions of the children that they were actually absorbing the important messages conveyed by the author regarding this story, and why one must have rules and obey them.
Mrs. D has a way of capturing life's most valuable lessons, while keeping children captivated with her top-notch illustrations. I had a few laugh out loud moments because of some unexpected twists in the story, which proved to me Mrs. D is no ordinary children’s book author. Savvy is the word that comes to mind.
Mrs. D delves straight into the heart of matters, using the mischievous Carlo the Mouse, a youngster being raised in a hospital. Although Carlo is born in this sterile environment, he faces grave dangers outside the confines of his little home. While the little mouse is ready to jump headlong into his adventures and explorations the hospital, Momma and Pappy Mouse warn him there are certain situations, people, and places to avoid, or he will face terrible consequences.
Just as humans guide their offspring away from danger, so it is with Carlo’s parents. I can’t wait to read Book Two of the series, so I can find out if Carlo is mindful of his parent’s warnings or if curiosity will get the better of this eager little mouse!
Carlo continues to pester his parents. Finally, the day comes when they agree to let him explore the halls of the hospital. However, they give him five rules that he must always follow. He must always be neat, avoid the manager’s office, only visit patients who are watching cooking shows, stay away from the infectious disease ward, and never visit the kitchen! Of course, you can guess Carlo will experience enormous difficulty following these rules, especially the last one. With tears in their eyes, the protective parents watch as Carlo ventures forth to explore wearing the sweater that his mother has just knitted for him.
The series is previewed at the end of the book and promises to be a set of exciting adventures matched with lots of lessons for young children to learn. Chanoa has done a wonderful job with the illustrations which are, at the same time, soft and bold. The personalities of the characters shine through the page. Carlo reminds me a bit of Despereaux minus the big ears. This book makes a great read aloud for parent or teacher and invites discussion among adults and children. Recommended for ages three and above. Looking forward to meeting Carlo again in Book Two as he begins his tour of the hospital.