A charming furry toddler critter makes his debut in two picture books with padded covers by Carol Ottolenghi, illus. by Marco Campanella. Tip the Mouse Can't Sleep is a reassuring tale for those who may be afraid of the dark, and in Tip the Mouse Runs Away, Tip learns that running away doesn't solve any problems. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
After finishing his cheese soup for dinner, Tip the mouse readies himself for bed by putting on his pajamas and brushing his teeth. Accompanying his every move is his best friend, Teddy the stuffed bear. When its time to crawl into bed and Mama Mouse puts out the light, Tip and Teddy become very nervous. Strange noises creep up in the night and Tip is certain someone or something is going to take Teddy away from him. Scared of the dark unknown, Tip and Teddy run to Mama's room for comfort. Mama knows how to soothe the anxious pair. This is a classic nighttime story for all children afraid of the night. Through Tip, we feel the anxiety of the mysterious monsters lurking under floorboards and hiding in corners we cannot see. We feel the security of a best friend, and the fear of losing what we hold so dear. And through Mama we learn to handle the anxiety gripping our imagination. Supporting the tale are illustrations as charming as the story. Painted in soft watercolors, the pages are filled with delightful images. The expressions on Tip's face speak volumes and the richly-colored, padded book cover softens the touch for the tiniest of hands. 2005, School Specialty Publishing, Ages 3 to 5.
Carol Ottolenghi has written nonfiction and fiction books for adults and children for almost 20 years. In 1996, she won the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Magazine Merit Honor Award. One of her stories was selected for Best of the Children's Market by the Institute of Children's Literature. She currently lives in Ohio.