From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 2—During Health Month, Mrs. Furber's students prepare for a Student Fitness Challenge, including the class mouse, I.Q. He is determined to change his junk-food ways and follow a more active path to win a gold ribbon. He makes a chin-up bar from pencils and a jump rope from a shoelace. I.Q.'s determination and pride in achievement, despite temptations, are excellent models for children who may be resistant to improving their own fitness. Fraser has written an uncomplicated but endearing story that touches on all of the basics of a primary-grade health unit: rest and exercise; the new food pyramid and eating balanced meals; drinking lots of water. Using the pet mouse as the main character makes an often dry subject more fun and avoids pointing fingers at overweight and unfit children. Illustrations add necessary humorous details to keep readers interested. There is a dearth of picture books on this timely topic, and this book fills a need. A good choice for libraries and classrooms.—Mary Hazelton, Elementary Schools in Warren & Waldoboro, ME
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I. Q. the mouse, featured in I .Q., It's Time
(2005), is not your everyday class pet. He attends an assembly promoting the Student Fitness Challenge, and determined to pass the fitness test, he begins an exercise program with the help of his classmates. His stats aren't up to theirs (eight inches in the long jump, one measly pull-up), but through study and experience, I. Q. learns the value of eating a balanced diet, staying active, sleeping well, and drinking plenty of water. The message comes through in the clearly written text and the appealing colored-pencil, gouache, and ink illustrations. The new food pyramid appears as a large classroom poster that I. Q. studies while recovering from a brownie-induced stomachache. The endpapers are witty, and the winning image on the jacket gives this picture book immediate pick-me-up appeal. Carolyn PhelanCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved