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Where Is Milo's Ball?
     

Where Is Milo's Ball?

by Mike Austin (Illustrator)
 

When Milo the cat loses his favorite ball of yarn, Mouse offers to help him find it. But Mouse does not seem to understand that a ball is round like a circle—or maybe he is just not letting on? On the right side of the page, a pull-tab shows a fellow mouse busily pulling one end of the ball's yarn into his mouse hole, and gradually wrapping it up into a

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When Milo the cat loses his favorite ball of yarn, Mouse offers to help him find it. But Mouse does not seem to understand that a ball is round like a circle—or maybe he is just not letting on? On the right side of the page, a pull-tab shows a fellow mouse busily pulling one end of the ball's yarn into his mouse hole, and gradually wrapping it up into a ball/circle. But in between then, Mouse proudly proclaims his discovery of a series of non-circle shaped items that he wraps with the other end of the yarn—i.e. a triangular slice of pizza, a square piece of cheese, a rectangular candy bar, an oval egg, etc. Just as Milo fears that his ball/circle is forever lost, the sneaky mouse rolls it out for him to discover.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Praise for Mike Austin's digital children's book app, A Present for Milo:

"...a Next Gen version of a lift-the-flap Spot story, this digital cat-and-mouse chase features...hidden surprises in every scene." — Kirkus Reviews

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
In this lift-the-flap book, Milo, a blue cat, has lost his ball of string. He asks his friend Little Mouse to help him find it. The hunt turns out to be a lesson in learning about shapes—the square is a slice of Swiss cheese, the triangle is a slice of pizza, the rectangle is a granola bar, and the oval is an egg. What is really happening is shown along the bottom of each page. Several of Little Mouse's friends have been rolling up all the loose string into one big ball which they present to a very happy Milo. The final spread reprises all the shapes and foods with Milo and his friends cavorting in joy. It is an engaging book and a very subtle introduction to shapes and reasonably healthy foods. Reviewer: Marilyn Courtot
Kirkus Reviews
The blue cat that starred in the excellent app A Present for Milo (2010) makes an awful crossover from the digital domain. Printed on extra-sturdy boards with folded (rather than glued) flaps, the episode sends Milo in search of his missing ball of string. Led by a helpful mouse, he discovers piles of yarn in various geometric shapes that, once each flap is lifted, reveal common items of the same shape. These range from a square slice of cheese to a triangular piece of pizza to a rectangular granola bar. Meanwhile, behind Milo, two other mice roll up the continual line of multicolored yarn that loops through each cartoon scene so that by the end the ball is restored. Not only is the prose numbingly wooden ("Little mouse," says Milo, "will you help me find my ball of string?"), it is confusingly phrased. Milo rejects the square because it has "four sides," which doesn't distinguish it from the rectangle, and the oval egg isn't like a ball because it's "sort of round-ish but also long-ish." Moreover, the concluding general romp comes off less as a resolution to the plotline than filler for the final spread. In marked contrast to his app incarnation, Milo is no more than a static presence in the art, his body shape even duplicated in some scenes rather than redrawn. Just as visually appealing as the app at first glance, and possibly even more durable--but showing considerable fall-off in narrative quality and awareness of audience. (Board book. 2-3)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609052096
Publisher:
Blue Apple Books
Publication date:
05/22/2012
Pages:
16
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
3 Months to 18 Years

Meet the Author

Mike Austin is an award winning-illustrator and graphic designer. Originally from Pennsylvania, he now lives in Hawaii with his wife, illustrator Jing Jing Tsong, their two children, and a cat named Milo. His first digital children's book app A Present for Milo has garnered raves and recognition on NPR, USA TODAY and MSNBC. A Present for Milo is the recipient of both the Parents' Choice and Mom's Choice Awards. The author lives in Hawaii.

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