Perfect Soup

Perfect Soup

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by Lisa Moser, Ben Mantle
     
 

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Murray the mouse likes everything to be perfect. Naturally, his perfect meal on a perfect winter day is Perfect Soup. But Murray doesn’t have a carrot, and Perfect Soup isn’t perfect without a carrot. With the snow falling around him, Murray ventures out of his little house to track down the final ingredient for his Perfect Soup. And there’s no time

Overview

Murray the mouse likes everything to be perfect. Naturally, his perfect meal on a perfect winter day is Perfect Soup. But Murray doesn’t have a carrot, and Perfect Soup isn’t perfect without a carrot. With the snow falling around him, Murray ventures out of his little house to track down the final ingredient for his Perfect Soup. And there’s no time for playing around—Murray is in a hurry.

The farmer will be happy to provide a carrot if Murray will haul some logs. The horse will gladly haul the logs for Murray if he’ll give him some fancy jingle bells in return. It looks like Murray just might get his carrot, but it only takes one grumpy person for a delicate chain of favors like this to fall apart. Can a friendly snowman help Murray make the soup perfect anyway?

Author Lisa Moser and illustrator Ben Mantle have filled Murray’s little town with richly colorful winter landscapes, wonderfully detailed cozy homes, a hilarious cast of quirky characters, and the absolute cutest talking snowman you have ever seen. Parents and kids alike won’t be able to resist picking this book up again and again.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2—Between the carrot-covered endpapers, Murray, a bit of a perfectionist, is getting ready to make soup. When the mouse discovers he is out of carrots, he bundles up and runs through the snow to ask the farmer for the missing veggie. Farmer agrees if, in return, Murray hauls some logs. So begins a frantic chase as the mouse goes from Horse to Shopkeeper to Miller's Boy to a knitting neighbor as each agrees to help in some way in return for something else. As Murray frantically goes from place to place, he runs by a snowman (sharp-eyed readers will notice the missing nose) who keeps inviting him to play. But "Murray was in a hurry" and too busy to respond. Finally, frustrated in his carrot quest, the despondent mouse gets a scoop of snow from the snowman to cool the knitter's hot drink—and nothing is asked in return. This results in each neighbor giving the mouse what he wants until he receives a carrot that doesn't end up in the soup but as a gift to his new friend. The rhythmic text is coupled with snow-filled scenes from varying perspectives full of delightful details: the knitter's house is shaped like a tea cozy, Murray's stocking cap reflects his mood, the shopkeeper's eyebrows are curly. Libraries looking for books on friendship and perseverance with a dash of snow and soup mixed in will want to consider this title.—Marge Loch-Wouters, La Crosse Public Library, WI
Kirkus Reviews
This cumulative tale of favors exchanged results in an unlikely friendship and a new soup recipe. Murray the mouse is making perfect soup, but he is missing a key ingredient. Rushing out into the snow, past Snowman, he asks Farmer for a carrot. Farmer agrees, but only if Murray hauls some logs; this sends Murray scurrying to Horse, who wants jingle bells, and so on. With each new appeal, he passes Snowman by, until he is stumped. Snowman gives—gives!—Murray the final item he needs to satisfy everyone. Sharp-eyed readers will have noticed Snowman's noseless visage, and they will not be surprised to find Murray eating carrotless soup after all. Moser's pacing is brisk and holds a folktale-like simplicity. Mantle's illustrations cheer, comedically maximizing Murray's diminutive size and adding gently whimsical touches. (Picture book. 3-6)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307976628
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
12/21/2011
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Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
40
File size:
11 MB
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Age Range:
3 - 7 Years

Meet the Author

Over the years, Lisa Moser has made countless snowmen and several books for children. She lives with her husband and daughter in Wisconsin, where they all enjoy soup—not perfect, by any means, but warm and lovely just the same. Lisa says, ”I hope Perfect Soup inspires new friendships and rekindles old ones.”

Ben Mantle was born in Leamington Spa, England, and developed a very early interest in all things artistic and festive, even coming in first in his local library’s coloring competition. From there he went on to study animation at the Surrey Institute of Art & Design. He then joined the crew of Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride and now works as an illustrator and animator from his seaside base in Brighton. Ben is still perennially excited about the holidays and wishes it would snow every day of the year.

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As the parent of three young children I have read endless picture books. This one is far and away my favorite. It combines a unique storyline with a heartwarming lesson and an unexpected twist. The characters and scenes are wonderful. I read the hardcover version to my kids and we all loved it, I can not speak to the quality of the Nook version.