PreS-Gr 2- The adorable mouse from Drip, Drop (HarperCollins, 2000) is back. "Pip Squeak is a busy mouse. Today he has to clean his house. He has to get it done by three. A friend is stopping by for tea." In a flurry of activity, he sweeps, mops, dusts, vacuums, and scrubs his house from top to bottom. When the doorbell rings, Pip Squeak eagerly welcomes his friend Max. Sadly, Max is a terrible guest and makes a mess of everything, tracking footprints everywhere and throwing his coat on the floor. He eventually realizes that he has upset his host and tries to make amends by cleaning up after himself. Clearly his efforts fall short, as he is depicted standing on a table while he mops a chair. Pip Squeak forgives him in the end, but suggests that next time, he visit Max instead. This simple, engaging narrative is perfect for children learning to read, with accompanying artwork that is just as entertaining as the text. The illustrations are filled with amusing details, such as a couch upholstered in a Swiss cheese motif, and they provide good picture cues. A welcome addition to any early-reader collection.-Melinda Piehler, Sawgrass Elementary School, Sunrise, FL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Weeks and Manning team up for a second successful easy reader starring Pip Squeak the mouse, this time joined by his friend Max, a messy and nmisbehaving fox. In short, rhyming text, Weeks follows Pip Squeak as he cleans his entire house in preparation for a tea-time visit, with added humor from lots of repeating cleaning sounds. When the boisterous fox arrives, he tracks in mud, bounces on the bed, knocks over furniture and literally swings from the chandelier, making Pip Squeak both sad and mad. Max finally does clean up his own messes and sits still for a cup of tea, setting up the concluding line that Pip Squeak would prefer to visit Max at his house next time. Busy, action-filled illustrations in bright hues incorporate the text into softly shaded sections of the art for a pleasing design that seamlessly integrates words and pictures. Children who are just beginning to read on their own will enjoy this easy and humorous story, which could also serve as a read-aloud for younger preschoolers. (Easy reader. 4-6)