PreS-Gr 1- "Don't hit your brother, or you'll be sorry," say Samantha's parents. And the little mouse certainly is. Baby brother cries so hard that the carpets get wet, the house floods, the whole neighborhood is underwater, and the family has to use a rowboat to get from place to place. When they have to spend the night in the rowboat and her brother is still crying, Samantha is really sorry. She finally apologizes and comforts him, and he stops sobbing. At book's end, when Samantha is very tempted to pinch her sibling, she doesn't do it because she knows what will happen. The watercolor and pen-and-ink drawings work nicely to enhance this humorous cautionary tale. Torrents of water pour out of the youngster's eyes and cascade down the stairs, and a mouse in a family portrait holds an SOS sign. Samantha holds the same pose at the end as in the beginning, with the same mischievous look-but without the clenched fist. Silly fun with a bit of a moral.-Shelley B. Sutherland, Niles Public Library, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Sandwiched between Schneider's stout denials that the episode is based on personal experiences is a puckish tale of impulsive sibling violence and remorse in a family of Kevin Henkes-like mice. When Samantha ignores her parents' warning (see title) and hits her little brother, his tears gush out in such quantity that the family has to spend the night outside in a rowboat, with only soggy crackers for meals. So miserable is Samantha that not even the flooded school's cancellation lifts her spirits, so she finally apologizes-and, more significantly, manages to resist a subsequent urge to pinch. Because the actual punch is delivered offstage and the characters are expressively drawn with outsized noses and ears, the humor will be more visible to children than the trauma. Though even younger ones will reckon the unlikelihood of ever being in the same (so to speak) boat with Samantha, they may come away at least a little more convinced of the frequent connection between rash acts and unforeseen consequences. (Picture book. 5-7)