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Tale of Two Mice
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Tale of Two Mice

by Ruth Brown
 

Children will love being in on the joke in this tale of two mice on a hunt for food, one oblivious to the whiskered menace lurking in the shadows.

In the big old house, Bo and Billy have run out of food and must venture out of their mouse hole to search for some. While Bo fearlessly explores every nook and cranny, he chides Billy for being afraid of

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Children will love being in on the joke in this tale of two mice on a hunt for food, one oblivious to the whiskered menace lurking in the shadows.

In the big old house, Bo and Billy have run out of food and must venture out of their mouse hole to search for some. While Bo fearlessly explores every nook and cranny, he chides Billy for being afraid of everything — but maybe Billy has good reason to be! With Ruth Brown's enchanting artwork full of rich details and visual sleight-of-hand, this novelty tale of brotherly adventure and bravery will send eagle-eyed readers on a storybook hunt of their own.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
"Once upon a time" in a big old house, two mouse brothers, Billy and big brother Bo, live behind the baseboard of one of the many rooms. We see the house on the first double page. Opening a flap on each side reveals some of the multitude of rooms replete with detailed interiors. On the next double page, we are inside one room, where opening the small doors we can see the appealing, naturalistically painted brothers in detail, complete with their shabby clothes. Inside their kitchen, opening the cabinets reveals them to be empty. So off the brothers go to find food. Billy opens a kitchen cupboard and is frightened by what he thinks he sees, but Bo assures him it is only a collection of mops and brooms. In the dining room, fearful Billy lifts the curtain as we do and cries out, but Bo dismisses the vision as an old tree. As Bo next happily regards the feast on a table, Billy tries to warn him; we can see that a cat has been following them. Bo keeps dismissing his fears until the cat rises to pounce in a three-dimensional pop-up. Billy runs for cover while Bo, already back home with the food, is still unaware of the danger. Opening their door in the final scene reveals the cat, waiting. Bo will no doubt see him soon enough. The detailed naturalistic paintings are produced in acrylics and watercolors with overtones of brown and green; there is double fun from the mini-surprises offered by the flaps and pop-up along with the many period details that fill shelves and walls. The charming heroes offer a contrast of fearful and fearless. Reviewer: Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3

Tension builds as a feline predator, often hiding in plain sight, stalks two mice. Children will appreciate the efforts of cautious Billy, who repeatedly attempts to alert his older sibling, Bo, of their imminent danger. Happily, the mice make a narrow escape even as the ever-oblivious Bo cautions Billy, "If you ever see a cat, you must tell me AT ONCE." Muted watercolors in various hues of brown and blue depict the world of a gloomy old manor full of spooky surprises. Lift-the-flaps offer plenty of opportunity to explore these detail-laden pages. Brown plays with scale, sometimes showing the entire cat hidden in a corner; on other pages, readers see just a hint of an oversize tail, or a large gleaming eye from behind a cabinet door. The spare prose and large pictures make this good for sharing.-Madigan McGillicuddy, Los Angeles Public Library

Kirkus Reviews
"Once upon a time, there was a big old house." And in this house live two mice, "little Billy and his big brother, Bo." Billy and Bo set out to scrounge some supplies-lift-the-flap doors reveal bare cupboards in the mouse household-and room by room, wee Billy keeps trying to warn Bo of danger: "But...look!" Successive flaps lift to show no danger, just a jumble of cleaning supplies or an old tree outside the window. What Billy and readers see, however, is a snub-nosed Persian cat stalking the two mice through the spooky mansion. The large trim of this sophisticated novelty book keeps the focus on the mice and magnifies the cat to terrifying size. Brown's use of light is masterful; cobwebs festoon the murky corners of each spread, making Bo's obliviousness credible. The tension ratchets up to a dramatic reveal, which, for a moment, casts the mouse brothers' survival into doubt. In design and plot something of an anti-Peter Rabbit, this unusual adventure beckons preschoolers ready for a chill or two. (Novelty/picture book. 4-8)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780763640156
Publisher:
Candlewick Press
Publication date:
12/09/2008
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.80(w) x 11.40(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Ruth Brown is the author-illustrator of many beloved books for children, including THE OLD TREE: AN ENVIRONMENTAL FABLE. She lives in England.

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