Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Such a Little Mouse by Alice Schertle

Such a Little Mouse by Alice Schertle. Illustrated by Stephanie Yue. 32 p. Orchard Books/ Scholastic Inc., March 31, 2015. 9780545649292. (Finished copy courtesy of publisher for review.)

Such a Little Mouse is such a sweet little book. This little mouse has serious executive functioning skills as he finds the time to explore and enjoy friends in his environment as he prepares for the coming winter. While I must say that he is decidedly brown despite the text's description of his "smart gray coat," he is so beguiling that I forgive the discrepancy. 

The mouse is adorable and ever-so-slightly anthropomorphized. The palette is pleasing. The spreads contain nice little details of the meadow through the four seasons as well as the whimsically decorated mouse burrow. Occasional repetition and onomatopoeia make for a cozy read aloud for parents, teachers and librarians. 

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