PreS-Gr 3 A small mouse, in search of food in a toy store, learns from the toys that things are not always as they seem. Each time he approaches what appears to be food, he discovers a toy made of wood, wax, or glass. Each discovery is accompanied by a mocking proverb delivered by a nearby toy`` `Look before you leap' said the Jack-in-the-Box.'' Finally a real cat appears, but the mouse escapes with the help of an overturned milk dish and departs with ``No use crying over spilt milk.'' The proverbs come to life when shown in the proper context for which they were createda friendly bit of advice. The use of onomatopoeia and rhymes keep the text flowing and enjoyable to read aloud. Illustrations are bold, colorful, detailed, and clear. The white mouse looks very real against the wooden toys bathed in strange shadows from street lights. Colored pictures on the right-hand page face a white page that includes the text and a small black-and-white sketch. This could be used as an introduction to proverbs for primary grade children; younger children may not understand the proverbs, but they'll enjoy the adventure and the illustrations. Nancy A. Gifford, Schenectady County Public Library, N.Y.