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The mice of New York City dread the day of the New York City Marathon more than any other—the crowds, the large shoes, the noise. All of them, that is, except for Preston. He and his family live underneath the starting line on the Verrazano Bridge and every year Preston has dreamed of joining all the other runners in the marathon. This year, Preston is determined to make his dream come true, even though his family tells him that mice are not fit to run marathons. He trains hard leading up to the big day and when the race starts, he successfully dodges sneakers and crosses the finish line, showing his family that mice can do much more than just scurry.
In the past few years, there has been a surge in marathon and half-marathon participation in the United States, and just last year, the New York City Marathon had over 45,000 finishers. Marathon Mouse is sure to be a welcome addition in a market that lacks picture books about running. There is a unique culture in the racing world that both parents who participate and kids who cheer on the sidelines know and love. And the story of Preston, who sets a goal and then follows through to achieve it, is a wonderful teaching tool for children, whether or not they are interested in running races.
|Publisher:||Sky Pony Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||3 - 6 Years|
About the Author
Amy Dixon grew up as one of seven siblings, and the only peace and quiet she ever got was inside a book. Once she had her own kids, she rediscovered her love for picture books at the public library. It was the one place she knew all four of her kids would be happy . . . and quiet. She writes from her home, where she lives with her four little inspirations and her marathon-running husband, Rob.
Sam Denlinger is a writer, illustrator, and cartoonist from Gaithersburg, Maryland. He moved to New York City in 2006 to attend The New School, where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in writing and literature.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a cute book with a wonderful message; be true to yourself! Preston (the mouse) is a great character that kids will love. You will cheer for him to reach his goal of running in the New York Marathon (despite him being a mouse). I like how Ms. Dixon showed how hard Preston worked to make his dream come true and that his family came to support him (even though they were afraid he'd be smashed by the other runners). The illustrations are cute and I especially like the sketchy look to them. The book would make a great bedtime story. Cheer Preston on as he reaches for his dreams! *NOTE* I won a copy of this book in a giveaway