Big Mouse and Little Mouse are back, after The Very Noisy Night, to lend a hand in The Very Busy Day by Diana Hendry, illus. by Jane Chapman. "I'm too busy to help," says Little Mouse. "I'm dreaming up something." The fellow finally redeems himself by revealing his creation. Imaginative illustrations feature a pint-size wheelbarrow made from clothespins and a spool. (Mar.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publishers Weekly
Big Mouse and Little Mouse both have big plans for the day. But they have completely different ideas of how to keep busy. Big Mouse works in the garden, plants seeds, pulls weeds, pushes the wheelbarrow, rakes the yard, and picks strawberries. Little Mouse sits, dreams, thinks, swings, and picks flowers. As much as Big Mouse pleads for help, he cannot talk Little Mouse into helping with the yard work. Little Mouse finally reveals what he has been doing when he presents Big Mouse with a sun hat he has made of flowers and feathers. Little Mouse has also prepared a picnic for Big Mouse. The two mice spend the rest of the day eating and napping in the sun. While this book successfully entertains young children, it also portrays a message to adults stressing the importance of spending time with children. 2001 Dutton Children's Books, McCall
PreS-Gr 1-First introduced in The Very Noisy Night (Dutton, 1999), Big Mouse and Little Mouse are back for another adventure. This time Big Mouse grumbles loudly as he works hard in the garden and his diminutive counterpart flits about daydreaming. Through a thoughtful and unexpected act, Little Mouse ultimately shows Big Mouse just how important it is to stop and smell the flowers. Children will recognize the busy adults in their lives through the older character and grown-ups will learn the value of slowing down and appreciating their youngsters. Chapman's illustrations are just as innovative and inviting as in the first book. It is delightful to examine how resourceful these mice are-making wheelbarrows out of clothespins and thread spools and using lace doilies for table umbrellas. The book provides a perfect opportunity for leisurely one-on-one sharing.-Linda M. Kenton, San Rafael Public Library, CA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Big Mouse out-drones the Little Red Hen in this clash of wills that's a companion volume to Hendry's The Very Noisy Night (1999). As Big Mouse works in the garden, he tries to enlist the help of Little Mouse, but Little Mouse begs leave: "I'm busy thinking about my dream." Big Mouse continues to hector Little Mouse: come plant the seeds; come help weed; come give me a hand pushing the wheelbarrow to the dump; come pick berries with me. Little Mouse always has a handy and frivolous excuse: There's dreaming to be done, daisies to be chained, clover to be picked, feathers to be collected. Ultimately, a more practical aspect is revealed behind Little Mouse's seemingly random doings: a beautiful sun hat for Big Mouse. Why doesn't Big Mouse try it on, take a break in the hammock, and-say-why not sample a few of those berries? Big Mouse almost declines the gift, which seems a bit much even for so sour a puss, but agrees to the brief foray into serendipity. Verdant artwork, full of humorous visual asides, softens the stridency, but Big Mouse's priggishness overwhelms Little Mouse's whimsicality and tends to curdle the whole proceedings. Leo Lionni said it first and better in Frederick. (Picture book. 3-6)