Swish, a young mouse with big ears (even for a mouse), hears all kinds of noises throughout her day—many produced by her little sister, Squeak.
With such cute (and satisfyingly sonorous) names, it isn’t surprising that these mouselings charm with their bright eyes, triangular faces, pink ears, and little bulb noses. Ballet pinks, dusty-rose reds, fantastic fuchsias, teal blues, and plum purples establish a decidedly soft palette that makes for a cozy read. While curled up with these dear pictures, readers will enjoy enunciating and articulating the myriad sounds Swish encounters during her day: “Ring RING Ring,” “eeeek,” “munch munch,” “Lalalalalalala.” Integrated into the illustrations, the onomatopoeic sounds’ varied capitalization, elongation, repetition, color, and placement allow them to trill above the page in just the right pitch. Siblings will empathize with Swish when she mistakes her sister’s chewing for an alligator’s chomping, her footfall for an elephant’s thundering steps—and also when little Squeak calls out, “I’m here, Swish,” from across a crowded playground. Or whispers, “I’m scared,” in the dark.
Sweet, sisterly sounds in a cacophonous day. (Picture book. 4-6)