Hide-and-Squeak

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It's time for bed, but the little Mouse Baby has no intentions of calling it a night. He hides in the garden, hides in the kitchen, hides his little whiskers anywhere he can. Anything to keep from going to bed. But daddy is right behind him —"Mousebaby mousebaby, where can you be?"— trying to get this little scamp all tucked in and ready to sleep..

Who will win at this adorable game of hide and squeak? Only time will tail...tell.

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Overview

It's time for bed, but the little Mouse Baby has no intentions of calling it a night. He hides in the garden, hides in the kitchen, hides his little whiskers anywhere he can. Anything to keep from going to bed. But daddy is right behind him —"Mousebaby mousebaby, where can you be?"— trying to get this little scamp all tucked in and ready to sleep..

Who will win at this adorable game of hide and squeak? Only time will tail...tell.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Payne's (Late for School) elegant, cinematically styled paintings have a visceral, energetic mischief that brings to mind the best Tom and Jerry cartoons. "It's time for bed. It's time for sleep./ No more time for hide-and-squeak," but a mouse baby has other ideas. He leads his bespectacled and clearly willing father on a wild chase through every nook and cranny of the house (yes, the mouse runs up the clock, as well as executes an exhilarating cannonball into the bathtub). Large geometric shapes, subtle but highly evocative texturing, and warm, rich colors anchor Payne's settings, amplifying the baby mouse's inexhaustible energy and giddy transgressiveness, while buoying Frederick's (Babyberry Pie) rock solid, somewhat quaint rhymes ("There's my little rascal,/ hiding in the froth" she writes in the aftermath of the bathtub scene). The spreads are small masterpieces of composition, yet they never feel static; rather, it's as if someone has hit the pause button to briefly allow readers to savor the image's beauty before the story continues on its rollicking way to the bedtime wrap-up. Ages 3–6. (Feb.)
From the Publisher
Deft, bouncing rhyme accompanies vibrant illustrations full of energy and charm in this lively twist on a going-to-bed book. . . . A satisfying good-night book and a celebration of the relationship between father and child, this is hard to resist, particularly because of the joyful depictions of the frolicking mice. . . . A great choice for reluctant sleepers. - KIRKUS, December 15, 2010

"Warm, funny, and playful, this rhyming story is just right for sharing with toddlers at bedtime or for acting
out all day long."
BOOKLIST, January 1, 2011

Beautifully rendered illustrations in pen and ink, colored pencils, and acrylics are shown on a variety of spreads, single pages, and small vignettes. . . . When the father exultantly lifts his child up for a kiss and hug, both mice exhibit much joy at being together again. As baby is tucked in for the night, the two exchange a mutually loving look, reinforcing the strong bond they share.–Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI

- SLJ February 2011

Winsome and speedy, this book is an easy reread. - Chicago Tribune, February 5, 2011

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
Jolly rhymed couplets tell the story of a Daddy mouse chasing a Baby mouse who doesn't want to go to bed. As Daddy calls a repeated refrain ending with, "It's time for bed. It's time for sleep./ No more time for hide-and-squeak," Baby runs around the garden and the living room, up the clock, then splashes into the bathtub. Finally, "Daddy catches Baby by his mouse baby tail..." After a hug and kiss, lovingly displayed on the jacket, Baby is tucked into bed. Pen and ink, acrylic, and colored pencil illustrations across large double pages offer mainly close-up scenes of the two very animated mice and their immediate surroundings. Daddy's glasses may help explain his difficulties in catching his elusive son. The emotions of both mice are clearly conveyed; it's easy to be affected by the joy of the final embrace. Any father and son can identify with this bedtime routine. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-K—As a father mouse calls his young son inside for bed, the little one decides to make a game of it and seemingly eludes his dad at every turn. Sporting a pince-nez and a tolerant demeanor, the older mouse patiently follows his scampering child and is never far behind. Beautifully rendered illustrations in pen and ink, colored pencils, and acrylics are shown on a variety of spreads, single pages, and small vignettes, which create interest. The mischievous, large-eared mouseling leads his father on a merry adventure beginning outdoors, hiding under plants then slipping through the mouse-door of a large house. The small gray creature, with his large blue eyes and expressive face, has a great time sliding down a leaf, sitting on the minute hand of a large clock, and cannonballing gleefully into a bubble bath. When the father exultantly lifts his child up for a kiss and hug, both mice exhibit much joy at being together again. As baby is tucked in for the night, the two exchange a mutually loving look, reinforcing the strong bond they share.—Maryann H. Owen, Racine Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews

Deft, bouncing rhyme accompanies vibrant illustrations full of energy and charm in this lively twist on a going-to-bed book. It's bedtime for a mouse baby, but he doesn't want to sleep—so although Daddy says, "No more time for hide-and-squeak," the games begin. As mouse baby wiggles, dashes, scampers and scurries through the house, it's Daddy who gives chase, following the little one up curtains, around a lamp, over a clock and through bubbles in the bathroom. Mouse baby is finally captured and gets his comeuppance—a kiss and a hug. Now it's really time for bed, and this mouse baby may just be too exhausted to refuse. A satisfying good-night book and a celebration of the relationship between father and child, this is hard to resist, particularly because of the joyful depictions of the frolicking mice. In close-up and long shot, isolated against white space or scampering through the human-sized rooms, Payne's mice—big-eared, grinning critters outlined crisply in ink and tinted with acrylics and colored pencils—seem ready to jump off the page. A great choice for reluctant sleepers.(Picture book. 2-6)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689855702
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 2/8/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 955,972
  • Age range: 3 - 6 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Heather Vogel Frederick is the author of the popular Mother-Daughter Book Club series, as well as the highly acclaimed The Voyage of Patience Goodspeed, The Education of Patience Goodspeed, and the Spy Mice series. She resides with her family in Portland, Oregon. Visit her at HeatherVogelFrederick.com.

C.F. Payne has illustrated more than a dozen picture books, including the Texas Bluebonnet winner Shoeless Joe & Black Betsy and Turkey Bowl, both written by Phil Bildner. He also illustrated the New York Times bestsellers The Remarkable Farkle McBride and Micawber, both by John Lithgow. He teaches at the Columbus College of Design, where he is the chair of the Illustration Department. C.F. Payne lives with his wife and children in Cincinnati, Ohio. Visit him at CFPayne.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2012

    Such a cute story!

    First found this story at our local public library and my 2 year old daughter (and my husband and I)fell in love with this cute story. We renewed it so many times and then we finally bought it b/c it so much fun. Have since bought it for other kids and it has been a huge hit!

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