Mirabelle and the Bouncy Red Ball
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Mirabelle and the Bouncy Red Ball

by Michael Muller
     
 

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Meet Mirabelle and Mr. Muller—an irresistible Boston terrier and her devoted owner. They discover the joy of the simple and the pleasure of the everyday—playing catch, chasing a butterfly—in a fresh, appealing new series of board books.

With her oversized head, black-and-white features, and round, wide-set eyes, Mirabelle is the most

Overview

Meet Mirabelle and Mr. Muller—an irresistible Boston terrier and her devoted owner. They discover the joy of the simple and the pleasure of the everyday—playing catch, chasing a butterfly—in a fresh, appealing new series of board books.

With her oversized head, black-and-white features, and round, wide-set eyes, Mirabelle is the most expressive of dogs. She looks inquisitive, feisty, happy, smart, and eager. Eager for what? For adventure! Together with her owner, Mr. Muller, in his bow tie and big eyeglasses, Mirabelle fills her days with activities like playing catch with a red rubber ball or going for a late-afternoon walk and stopping at an ice cream truck. Mirabelle and Mr. Muller know what every little kid knows— the simplest thing can be endlessly fascinating and fun.

The smart look of the Mirabelle books is as original and iconic as Mirabelle herself, combining strong black lines, bright spots of color, and bits of photography to create seamless collages. The text of each story is a dialogue between Mr. Muller, who asks questions, and Mirabelle, who replies with her actions—perfect prompts for parents to take the Mr. Muller part and the child to answer in the role of Mirabelle.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Mirabelle the Boston terrier, already the star of a line of greeting cards inspired by Muller's real-life pet, headlines a new board book series. Mirabelle's bespectacled owner, one Mr. Muller, is a dapper co-star in a suit, bowtie, and saddle shoes; his one-way conversations with Mirabelle compose the book's text: "'Good morning, Mirabelle!' says Mr. Muller. 'What would you like to do today? Do you want to play catch with your bouncy red ball, Mirabelle?' " Understated backgrounds keep the focus on dog, owner, and ball—a sidewalk, a bit of foliage, and a ghost of a cloud provide the setting for Mirabelle and Mr. Muller's outdoor jaunt. Despite evident attention to the book's design and Mr. Muller's closing comment that "Every day is an adventure with you, Mirabelle," readers may find the dog's escapade too mild to sustain much interest. Simultaneously available: Mirabelle and the Butterfly and Mirabelle Goes for a Walk. Ages 2–5. (Oct.)
Kirkus Reviews
In this installment of the Happy Dog Adventure series, Mirabelle, a black-and-white Boston terrier, enjoys a romp outside with her red ball and her owner, Mr. Muller. The ball bounces a little too far, and Mirabelle goes off leash to retrieve it. When Mirabelle catches the ball at last, Mr. Muller exclaims, "Every day is an adventure with you, Mirabelle." The text is her owner's running commentary on Mirabelle's activities. Muller, a photographer, collage artist and owner of a real Boston terrier named Mirabelle, uses a combination of photos and drawings assembled against stark white backgrounds to create the illustrations. With his cartoon head, photo hands and photo-collaged suit embellished with bow tie and buttons, Mr. Muller embodies artist Muller's techniques. Mirabelle herself, another cartoon drawing, is cute in some scenes and stiff in others. The dog-walking plot in this offering is not that different from Mirabelle Goes for a Walk, and the settings--a sidewalk with stylized trees--are nearly identical. Mirabelle and the Butterfly, set in a garden this time, provides a little variety, but a few amusing moments are not enough to make for true adventures. Stylish but slight. (Board book. 2-4)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780761175162
Publisher:
Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date:
10/30/2012
Series:
Mirabelle
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
250
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
1 - 3 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Muller is a photographer, collage artist, and proprietor of the Mirabelle line of greeting cards. He and Mirabelle, a real Boston terrier, began their lives together in 2006. They live in Washington, D.C., and online at adventuresofmirabelle.com.

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