From the Publisher
"Ebbeler's feisty full-page illustrations expand on Cox's ebullient text and enchanting story line...Adorable...A refreshing approach to Mexican folk art and traditions."
"Combines Mexican tradition with adventure for young readers."
Children's Literature - JoAn Watson Martin
Cinco de Mayo is here. Mouse wakens to spicy smells that bring him out of his hidey-hole to search for whatever created those smells. Everyone seems to be celebrating with sombreros, serapes, and bright paper flowers. Even with his glasses on, Mouse does not see Cat crouched, waiting for his chance to have Mouse for dinner. Mouse is definitely on Cat's menu. Mouse's goal is a pinata donkey that smells fruity, sugary, and is made of honeyed sweets. In traditional storytelling, the underdog, Mouse, outwits the customary feline. Some readers believe that because picture books are simple to read they are simple to write. The truth is very different. A picture book is a process of discovery and creation that enables the child to enter a new world. Watch for the first book about Mouse, One Is A Feast for Mouse, a Thanksgiving tale read-aloud. Judy Cox offers young readers a story for a Spanish child that present a favorite holiday, May fifth. The holiday commemorates the victory of the Mexican army over the French in 1862. Here is an opportunity for the youngest to celebrate Mexican and Latino cultural traditions. Jeffrey Ebbeler is not only an illustrator. He also plays trumpet and drums in local bands in Chicago. Reviewer: JoAn Watson Martin
School Library Journal
K-Gr 2—First challenged by Cat in One Is a Feast for Mouse: A Thanksgiving Tale (Holiday House, 2008), Mouse wakes up to a spicy adventure on May 5th, teased with tantalizing, nose-twitching aromas from his neighborhood Cinco de Mayo festival. A palette of pastels and acrylic paint details Mouse's innocent stroll (relentlessly stalked by careful Cat on the prowl) to the park until sights and sounds confront him with the reflection of his heart's desire—an enormous tree-hung, candy-stuffed piñata. Ebbeler places readers up close and personal with a spread of the mouse viewing an elusive piñata, followed by a sombrero-seat view of the mariachi band, twirling skirts, and stamping heels. Visuals from unusual perspectives propel the action, while text and art on other pages reveal quieter "mouse" emotions. With a tightrope-balanced Mouse and a wild ride atop the burro piñata, this action-packed tale combines Mexican tradition with adventure for young readers.—Mary Elam, Learning Media Services Plano ISD, TX
Mouse is ready for another fiesta adventure (One is a Feast for Mouse, 2009). It is the fifth of May, and the blend of aromas of Mexican food hits Mouse's little house-an old clock-and wakes him up. Mouse leaves his cubbyhole and wanders through the house, where kids, Mom and Dad are engaged in their everyday activities. The "beany, cheesy, ricey smells" take Mouse out of the house, through the streets to the city park. There Mouse finds a busy street festival: papel picado decorations, food, dancers, a live mariachi band and children and adults enjoying a Cinco de Mayo celebration. Mouse cannot resist the temptation to jump on top of the colorful pinata to get the candy inside-but will this be Cat's golden opportunity? Ebbeler's feisty full-page illustrations of the world from Mouse's perspective expand on Cox's ebullient text and enchanting story line, establishing the adorable Mouse as a character that children, parents, teachers and librarians will want to follow from one celebration to the next. Ebbeler's color-soaked illustrations avoid stereotypes and are a refreshing approach to Mexican folk art and traditions. (Picture book. 4-8)