Five mice build a house, and what a house it is!
First introduced to these five adorable mice in Five Nice Mice & the Great Car Race (2014), readers now find them worrying about their present living circumstances. “Our neighborhood is getting scary, and I don’t like it!” says Abby. “There are two new cats in our building!” says Bon Bon. And so they set off to find a new place to live. After searching and searching, they find themselves in front of a mountain filled with things that people have thrown away. With extraordinary detail, Tashiro illustrates the ingenious ways the mice put to use the discarded objects. It’s recycling and reusing at their best! They bathe in a contraption made out of an old flowerpot that collects rainwater, which is then fed into the house via pipes that lead to a teacup to soak in; it’s a masterpiece of engineering. They work and work until it is all finished, but when they settle in for a well-deserved rest: “MMMEEEOOOWWW!” Has all their work been wasted? Readers now see the mice are not just clever, but they are indeed, as the title says, nice. The painterly illustrations are charmingly rendered in strongly saturated colors that add an earthy feel and make them wholly appropriate to the story.
Readers will want to move in with these mice. (Picture book. 4-8)