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Just before bedtime, a mouse tells his mother that he's going on a trip--to the Moon, around the world, hunting crocodiles, taming bears, diving for treasure. Full color.

A little mouse's imagination makes his bedtime an exciting adventure, as he takes a fantasy trip to catch crocodiles, ride bucking broncos, and sail where the wind blows.

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Overview

Just before bedtime, a mouse tells his mother that he's going on a trip--to the Moon, around the world, hunting crocodiles, taming bears, diving for treasure. Full color.

A little mouse's imagination makes his bedtime an exciting adventure, as he takes a fantasy trip to catch crocodiles, ride bucking broncos, and sail where the wind blows.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Tracing the bedtime dialogue between a feisty youngster and his mother, this captivating picture book runs in much the same vein as Margaret Wise Brown's classic The Runaway Bunny. Here, as day draws to a close, a little rebel boasts of his adventurous plans, while his mother meanwhile calmly proceeds with nighttime rituals ("A mouse told his mother, `I will climb up snowcapped mountains.' `Wear warm pajamas,' said his mother"). From tooth-brushing and bath to a glass of water, hug and kiss, and final lights-out call, each step of the routine sparks a creative alternative in the bright-eyed chap's fertile minda rocket trip to the moon; a crocodile hunt; a bucking bronco ride. Skillfully repeating framing phrases, Roberts's (Waiting-for-Christmas Stories) neatly condensed prose plays straight man to Begin's (Little Mouse's Painting) minutely detailed and lushly panoramic artwork, which catapults readers into the mouse child's imaginative alter-world. A romp under the quilt, for instance, becomes exploring "a spooky cave," while the proposed mountain trek sees him ascending a sheet-capped pile of toys. Fantasy and daily life combine enticingly here to create a wholly appealing realm. Older readers will also enjoy the visual puns (such as the mouse taking a bath in a tin labeled "cat food"). Ages 3-7. (Apr.)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
"A little rebel boasts of his adventurous plans, while his mother calmly proceeds with nighttime rituals. Fantasy and daily life combine enticingly," said PW. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature - Donna Freedman
This is a get-ready-for-bed book featuring a little mouse that talks about an adventurous trip he will be taking. As he plans this trip out loud, his mother urges him gently through each stage of bedtime preparations; if he's climbing snow-capped mountains, he'd better wear warm pajamas, and a glass of water would come in handy while crossing those burning desert sands. Alert children will notice that most if not all of the elements of this make-believe journey can be found on the first page, in the mouse's bedroom. The illustrator has also tucked in some whimsical touches, such as the bathtub made out of a cat-food can, and the patchwork quilt that becomes a landscape viewed from a make-believe airplane.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2This delightful story captures the easy banter between a little mouse and his mother. When informed that it is bedtime, the little creature avoids the subject by insisting that he is going on an adventure. While his mother guides him through the nighttime rituals, little mouse's imagination takes charge. Along the way, he informs her of his intentions to dive for pirate treasure, climb a mountain, ride a bucking bronco, and more. `"I am going to the moon.' `Take your toothbrush,' said his mother." This back and forth goes on until the inevitable resolution with little mouse tucked in bed fast asleep. Each page begins with the catch phrase from the title, creating a lulling repetition that is sure to make young eyes heavy. Begin's illustrations successfully blend little mouse's fantasies with reality. When he imagines he's flying an airplane, his patchwork quilt becomes the landscape below. This thoughtful and well-illustrated book will be welcome in any bedtime collection.Christy Norris, Valley Cottage Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews
A mouse child, at bedtime, tells his mother that he's going on a trip—to the moon, to dive for pirate treasure, to fly an airplane around the world, to explore a spooky cave, etc. Each exploit is suggested by something he sees around him—the boat in his bathtub, a toy plane, the dark "cave" under his bed. Without contradicting him, his mother gently brings him back to earth—and nearer bed—each time by reminding him to take his toothbrush, pack and extra blanket, and "lights out now." In the delightful point- counterpoint between parent and child, Roberts (with Patricia Hubbell, Camel Caravan, 1996) follows the model of Margaret Wise Brown's Runaway Bunny; the parent wins this one, too, when the tired mouse drifts off to sleep with a smile on his face. Children will have fun matching the mouse's adventures with the everyday objects that inspire them. Begin has imagined the domestic details of a mouse's world with winsome humor: twig furniture, an acorn-cap washbasin, a bathtub made from an empty catfood tin; the pictures not only enhance the story, but really make it work.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316749589
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 9/1/1999
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.34 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.14 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2001

    Better Than Good Night Moon!

    Just right for bedtime, this book features an adventurous little mouse who imagines he is an astronaut, a deep-sea diver, and a mountain-climber. Meanwhile, his loving mother gently guides him to bed. Taming bears in a circus becomes a bear hug; sailing where the wind blows becomes blowing a kiss. Maryjane Begin's stunning, luminous paintings are full of details. The furry animals look soft enough to touch; the soap bubbles nearly float off the page! This warm and gorgeous book gets the bedtime story vote in this house!

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