Let's Do That Again!

Let's Do That Again!

by Hiawyn Oram, Sam Williams
     
 

In this sweet homage to the patience of mothers and the boundless energy of children, a mama mouse spends the day with her favorite little mischief maker. Just when Mrs. Brownmouse least expects it, impish Little Brownmouse loves to sneak up and surprise her with a shout. There's only one thing Little Brownmouse thinks is funnier: doing it again . . . and again

Overview

In this sweet homage to the patience of mothers and the boundless energy of children, a mama mouse spends the day with her favorite little mischief maker. Just when Mrs. Brownmouse least expects it, impish Little Brownmouse loves to sneak up and surprise her with a shout. There's only one thing Little Brownmouse thinks is funnier: doing it again . . . and again!

Children will relish Little Brownmouse's not-really-naughty antics, and moms will smile as Mrs. Brownmouse patiently plays along until it's time to snuggle into bed. Bursting with surprises and silly, noisy fun, this perfect read-aloud is sure to have pint-size pranksters begging, "Let's read it again!"

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Repetition is the source of a child's delight in Oram's (the Princess Chamomile books) heartwarming if familiar tale. Just ask Little Brownmouse, who would like nothing better than a reprise of anything fun but never seems to get one. As she soaks in her teacup bathtub, "Just when Mrs. Brownmouse wasn't expecting it... Little Brownmouse made a big splash and soaked her!" Mrs. Brownmouse responds with a playful splash, which prompts her daughter's favorite request: "Let's do that again!" Mrs. Brownmouse wisely doesn't acquiesce-she always responds with a calm but firm "Hmm, not now, because right now it's time for..." another task on the day's agenda-but she clearly knows how to make a family "to do" list fun. Williams's (Tumble Me Tumbily, Children's Forecasts, Nov. 11) sweet, downy watercolors exude the bottomless affection and unfettered glee shared by mother and daughter. His larger-scale pictures (which he varies with spot illustrations) speak of a safe, idyllic life. In one striking painting, Mrs. Brownmouse gives her daughter a piggyback ride home against a crimson sky, on their way back from a walk in the woods. At book's end, Little Brownmouse proves she is indeed her mother's daughter. When Mr. Brownmouse offers up a cheery "Boo!" and asks "Shall we do that again?" she replies, "Oh, no! Not now!" And with good reason-a closing portrait shows the trio sharing "a great, big good-night hug!" Ages 2-6. (Feb.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Little Brownmouse loves to surprise her mother by sneaking up on her and yelling, "Boo!" And little Brownmouse loves to do it again, and again, and again... until her mother finally says that it is time to go to bed. This experienced illustrator has worked on over 40 books and has created a style that will keep children enthralled, by looking for little Brownmouse in the flower bed, behind a block, and doing various activities on each page. Parents will relate to the patience of Mrs. Brownmouse as she fixes dinner, gives a bath, and reads a bedtime story. Children will enjoy reading this book because of the delightful antics of little Brownmouse. When you have completed this book, you may hear, "Let's read that again!" The best word to describe this book is� delightful�and it may be the perfect avenue to get young children hooked on reading. 2003, Dutton Children's Books, Ages 3 to 5.
— Nicole Peterson
School Library Journal
PreS-A familiar premise with engaging illustrations, this pleasant picture book may remind readers of John Prater's Again (Barron's, 2000) and Martin Waddell's "Big Bear/Little Bear" titles (Candlewick). Mrs. Brownmouse and Little Brownmouse enjoy a day of typical activities (a walk in the woods, cooking and eating dinner, taking a bath, and reading a bedtime story), punctuated by low-key pranks. Whether shouting "BOO!" and "AARGH!" or splashing water and tickling, both mother and child join in the play-the first time. When Little Brownmouse asks each time to "do that again," her mother's response is always the same-"Hmm, not now." This pattern repeats until the end, when instead of accepting her father's offer of another mild scare, the mouse child opts instead for "a great, big good-night hug!" This feel-good ending, like Mama's patience, isn't entirely believable, but it might please those who like their stories extra sweet. Luckily, Williams's pictures are light and charming. There's a nice variety of full-page, vignette, and double-page illustrations with many amusing details to pore over and enjoy. From the stove made of a lit candle and an overturned flowerpot to the cozy bedroom-slipper bed, young children will recognize many familiar objects put to new uses. Indeed, the appeal of the art, which appears to be executed in watercolor and pencil, will likely make the book popular with young listeners despite the slight text.-Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
After her mother playfully sneaks up on her, Little Brownmouse cries, "Let's do that again!" Mrs. Brownmouse patiently replies, "Hmm, not now, because right now it's time to go home." And so the repetition begins as Mrs. Brownmouse moves along an ordinary but whimsical day, Little Brownmouse always asking for more. Williams's (Tumble Me Tumbily, 2002, etc.) watercolors capture the liveliness and affection these two share. During her teacup bath, Little Brownmouse splashes her mother, who enjoys the moment as much as her child. Here and in other illustrations, Williams's work supports the author's message to parents of making the most out of the simplest routines. Oram, who has written over 60 books, has a knack for making the message subtle yet significant to adults or to children without trampling on the reading pleasure for both. The ending comes to a satisfying circle as Mr. Brownmouse arrives and startles his daughter with a "boo." He asks, "Shall we do that again?" Now it is Little Brownmouse who moves the day to a close by replying, "Oh, no! Not now! Right now it is time for . . . " and the family snuggles in as she finishes, "a great big good-night hug!" (Picture book. 2-7)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525469971
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
02/24/2003
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.84(w) x 10.84(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

Meet the Author

Hiawyn Oram is the author of over sixty books for young readers and has been praised for her "on-the-mark understanding of childhood emotions" (Publishers Weekly). Sam Williams has illustrated over forty picture books, including Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck, by Lisa Westberg Peters. Both Ms. Oram and Mr. Williams live in England.

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