Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Mice, a rottweiler, an arachnid and a few other assorted critters make sturdy reappearances in five board book versions of picture books. In Ellen Stoll Walsh's Mouse Paint, ``three white mice on a white piece of paper" enjoy a colorful romp, while in Walsh's Mouse Count a similar gaggle narrowly escapes being served for dinner (Harcourt/Red Wagon, $6 each, 28p, ages 1-3 ISBN 0-15-200265-0; -200266-9 Sept.). Yet another mouse searches the animal kingdom for companionship-and finds an unexpected respondent-in Eric Carle's Do You Want to Be My Friend? (HarperFestival, $6.95, 32p, ages 2-6, ISBN 0-694-00709-9 Sept.). The rewards of industriousness are celebrated in a second Carle title, The Very Busy Spider; its embossed web brings a tactile dimension to his familiar collage artwork (Philomel, $9.95, 26p, ages 2-up ISBN 0-399-22919-1 Aug.). Finally, the canine in question is Alexandra Day's beloved Carl, who takes charge of a crew of toddlers in Carl Goes to Day Care (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $5.95, ages 1-3 ISBN 0-374-31145-5 Sept.).
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Also new to board book format is Eric Carle's classic where a small gray mouse searches for a friend. During his travels he asks each animal the same question. Children will be eagerly chiming in with the refrain and can guess at what animal comes next. During it all, they will be absorbing the part to whole concept. 1995 (orig.
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
This is an oversized board book with very sturdy pages. Carle's trademark collages really stand out on the shiny white pages of this new edition of his almost wordless story. Little mouse asks several creatures if they want to be his friend, and when he finally meets another mouse, he finds a friend. Watch for the snake in the grass. 1995 (orig.