Also celebrating an anniversary--its 30th--is Whose Mouse Are You? by Robert Kraus, illus. by Jose Aruego. Minimalist art and memorable text are more than the sum of its parts: "Whose mouse are you?/ Nobody's mouse./ Where is your mother?/ Inside a cat," it begins forlornly, but reverses into a joyful ending, with the mouse reuniting his far-flung family and gaining a new brother. (S&S, $17 40p ages 3-7 ISBN 0-689-84052-7; Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
This classic story becomes even more enchanting because of the beautiful illustrations by the author. From the title page through the last, the illustrations focus on the smallest of details. Each picture is so full of detail that even after reading it several times there are still interesting things to look at. The young reader will never become bored with this romantic love story and will linger on each page to absorb these well thought-out illustrations. It would make a wonderful addition to any library. 1977, Little Brown,
Enraged at not being invited to the princess' christening, the wicked fairy casts a spell that dooms the princess to sleep 100 years. Remarkable illustrations capture the fresh beauty and touching innocence of the lovely young princess, the dark drama of the fateful curse, and the joyful awakening. Share the lovely world created by Hyman. 1983 (orig.