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Children's LiteratureMouse wants a snack. A piece of cheese would be perfect. So he ventures out of his little mouse doorway and makes his way through the house while keeping a lookout for the big orange cat. He tiptoes past the dozing feline, makes his way into the kitchen and then scampers up the table leg. There, spread before him is a magnificent feast. Mouse licks his lips and gets to work. He does find one piece of cheese but he also finds two plump plums, three baby carrots and four chicken legs. The reader can count along with Mouse all the way to ten slices of chocolate cake. Mouse pushes all the food off the table onto a plate and then makes his way back to his doorway. The big plate full of food does not make it through the little mouse entry and food flies through the air only to land on the cat. Mouse does succeed however. He manages to hold onto that one piece of cheese. The illustrations show a little creature loaded with personality whose eyes are definitely bigger than his stomach, as well as his doorway. Kids will find this book fun to read. 2005, Farrar Straus Giroux, Ages 3 to 6.
—Carolyn Mott Ford