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John Archambault, author of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, teams up with illustrator Suzanne Tanner Chitwood for this hip-shakin' tale in which 12 little mice try to dance their way to a birthday cake.
Coupled with Chitwood's zesty cut- and torn-paper artwork, Archambault's rhyming text begins with a mouse who "stepped out of his little mouse hole / To see what was left in the cereal bowl." When he sees Birthday Cake on the buffet, he and his mouse pals begin to "Boom Chicka Rock, Chicka Rock, Chicka Boom" their way from their home in the clock, past "Lion" (a snoozing cat), and toward the goody table. Busy with their conga and bunny hops as each mouse prances about and recites a rhyme, the 12 mice get steadily braver until "the midnight mouse -- Number TWELVE -- / Brave and brash, started to yell, 'Let's jump rope with the Lion's tail!' " As you would expect, "Lion" wakes up with a "Griff Gruff Growl," and after they "Sock Hop back to the kitchen clock," the final stroke of midnight means time for settling down safe at home.
Filled with plenty of tongue-turning rhymes that are sure to keep storytimes peppy, Archambault and Chitwood's book is a toe-tapping treat you shouldn't miss. Chitwood's artwork is brilliantly suited to the author's boogy-woogying words, resulting in a marvelous complement to his other rockin' books and such reads as Giles Andreae's Giraffes Can't Dance. You'll be shaking your tail feathers with this one. Matt Warner