Busy, Busy Mouse

Busy, Busy Mouse

by Virginia L. Kroll, Fumi Kosaka
     
 

Have a bath, work out, take the car for a spin . . . the busy, lovable mouse in this picture book has one long "To Do" list! But he can't even get started until the family he shares his house with goes to sleep. So he spends the day resting in his mouse hole waiting patiently for the night to come. When it finally does, and the family is tucked in bed, this little

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Have a bath, work out, take the car for a spin . . . the busy, lovable mouse in this picture book has one long "To Do" list! But he can't even get started until the family he shares his house with goes to sleep. So he spends the day resting in his mouse hole waiting patiently for the night to come. When it finally does, and the family is tucked in bed, this little mouse goes on one busy adventure!

A simple, rhyming text describes the family's busy day and peaceful night, while Fumi Kosaka's clever, playful illustrations let us know what the mouse is up to.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
A preschool girl wakes and stretches, while a mouse scampers into the hole by her bed-her "day" is just beginning, while the critter's has come to an end. Kroll (Girl, You're Amazing!) drolly examines how these two worlds proceed running counterclockwise to each other. On one left-hand page, Kosaka's (Let's Count the Raindrops) cheery, stylized scene finds the girl and her toddler brother drawing pictures and eating cookies; a cameo-like portrait, opposite, shows mouse dressed in his nightgown and cap, vigorously brushing his teeth. Kroll describes only the human action ("Pictures are scribbled. Cookies are nibbled"), giving readers the opportunity to add their own descriptive language about the mouse's doings. Two double-page spreads mark the center of the book: the family eats dinner, and mouse drops off to sleep. Then, to underscore how the routines are now reversed, the mouse's waking rituals appear on the left-hand side, while the humans, headed for bed, occupy a full-bleed painting on the right (mouse expertly flips pancakes for breakfast, the preschooler brushes her teeth before bed). When mouse finally has the run of the house again, a series of circular paintings spotlight his nocturnal adventures-which Kosaka makes clear are every bit as fun as the children's activities by day. While encouraging plenty of reader interaction, the book may also spark discussion about how different inner clocks tick. Ages 3-6. (May) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
A busy, happy, round-headed family goes through their daily routine, from sun-up to sundown. In the meantime, their household mouse gets ready for bed and rests quietly as the people go about their busy day. Then, when the last person is bundled into bed and all the lights are out, the mouse gets ready to have some fun of his own. The text, composed of rhymed couplets highlighting various everyday activities ("Teeth brushed. Baby hushed."), has a pleasant singsong rhythm. The illustrations of both the happy people and the friendly mouse are gentle, with soft colors and fuzzy edges. Observant readers will enjoy noticing how the human family's nighttime rituals relate to their daytime activities, as well as how the mouse's routine mirrors that of his human counterparts. 2003, Viking, Ages 3 to 7.
— Norah Piehl
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-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.
Kirkus Reviews
The nighttime rituals of their resident mouse parallel a young family�s daily routine. A little girl fries eggs with dad, plays with baby brother, spends the afternoon drawing--she�s busy all day. Meanwhile, mouse has a bedtime snack, reads awhile, changes into pajamas, and brushes teeth before settling into bed. As nighttime approaches for the little girl, mouse awakens and gets ready for his busy day, dressing while the family undresses, cooking pancakes while teeth are brushed, exercising while the little girl beds down, and having a free run of the house while everyone else is asleep for the night. The very simple rhyming text of four to six words per page succinctly establishes a pleasant comforting mood with just the right mild, mischievous spirit portrayed by the little girl�s alternate personality of the mouse. Kosaka�s large, bold, rounded characters in bright pastel/crayon shades add to the clarity of the story with alternating scenes of the family and mouse activities. Effortless toddler storytime material. (Picture book. Toddler-3)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780670035274
Publisher:
Viking
Publication date:
05/28/2003
Pages:
40
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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