In this flap-lifter’s delight, a platoon of mice rummages through a house, room by room, for party supplies.
The search begins in the basement, where two storage containers, plus boxes of tools and fishing tackle, all feature liftable lids with contents (and mice) neatly arranged inside. From there, it’s on to the bedroom, kitchen, dining room, bathroom, and attic. Along with expected items and lots of bright-eyed mice, Behl tucks occasional surprises—a packet of hot sauce with a pizza, a twisting pop-up ballerina in a music box, a ghost (“BOO!”) in a carton labeled “Open at your own risk!”—into her tidy cartoon illustrations. After exploring over two dozen boxes and tins, some of which have sliding lids or multiple layers, the mice put their loot together in a final panoramic pop-up partyscape and get set for “a very noisy celebration!” The mice offer commentary as they go, and if it’s not always particularly funny (“What’s this? An overstuffed hero with lots of fries? Good thing I have a fork!”), it does provide a little extra fizz.
Bright and simple—though probably not durable enough to outlast the pleasure the OshKosh set will take in repeat tours. (Pop-up picture book. 2-5)