The author's name will help to promote this book as a gift item, but the humor is more attuned to the adult giver than the juvenile recipient. Pinky Whiskereeno is the mouse's name. He worked at the experiments set for him at the National Research Laboratories and his favorite trick was punching the card marked with an X. An experimental myna bird warned of more dangerous tricks to come (a call to arms for budding young anti-cruelty-to-laboratory-animals types?) and encouraged Pinky to escape. The mouse scampered off toward the park, met an attractive female mouse named Tsi-Tsi, but was snubbed by her mother who was suspicious of Pinky's white color and odd accent. So Pinky took up residence at the zoo, which he rescued from fire by hitting the X-marked alarm button. His reward--a discreetly darkened cage at the zoo which he shared with Tsi-Tsi after her mother had consented to the mixed marriage. Pinky's the poor relation of Amos in Robert Lawson's Ben and Me, and his material is situation comedy quality at best.