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THE VERY NOISY NIGHT

From Hendry (Kid Kibble, 1994, etc.) comes a sweetly beguiling tale of two mice. Fretful Little Mouse shares a room with Big Mouse. During the wee hours, Little Mouse listens to the night sounds—the howling of wind, hooting of an owl, tapping of branches—fearfully imagining intruders, ghosts, and others. Each time, the long-suffering Big Mouse climbs out of his comfortable bed to show Little Mouse the mundane source of the alarming sound. He draws the line at letting his timid friend into bed for a variety of reasons: wiggling, cold paws, etc. However, when confronted with Little Mouse’s loneliness, Big Mouse readily allows him to hop into bed. Hendry’s depiction of a young child’s fears ring true while Big Mouse’s patient explanations assuage anxieties, providing a forum through which children can safely explore their nighttime jitters. Chapman’s gaily colored illustrations set imaginations soaring as readers discover the myriad uses a mouse has for household scraps. (Picture book. 3-7)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-525-46261-9

Page Count: 36

Publisher: Dutton

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Nov. 1, 1999

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QUACK AND COUNT

Baker (Big Fat Hen, 1994, etc.) engages in more number play, posing ducklings in every combination of groups, e.g., “Splashing as they leap and dive/7 ducklings, 2 plus 5.” Using a great array of streaked and dappled papers, Baker creates a series of leafy collage scenes for the noisy, exuberant ducklings to fill, tucking in an occasional ladybug or other small creature for sharp-eyed pre-readers to spot. Children will regretfully wave goodbye as the ducks fly off in neat formation at the end of this brief, painless introduction to several basic math concepts. (Picture book. 4-6)

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-15-292858-8

Page Count: 24

Publisher: Harcourt

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1, 1999

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FROGGY PLAYS SOCCER

This latest Froggy title (Froggy Goes to School, 1996, etc.) is utterly unfocused, with the star careening from soccer dolt to Mr. Superkick. Froggy’s team has a big game coming up with the Wild Things, and he is trying to remember the mantra his father, and assistant coach, taught him: “Head it! Boot it! Knee it! Shoot it! But don’t use your hands!” But illegally touching the ball seems to be the least of Froggy’s worries; distraction is his problem. He is so busy turning cartwheels, tying his shoes, and more, that the only time he makes contact with the ball is when it bounces off his head by mistake. Then, when the Wild Things make a breakaway, Froggy has some dazzling moves to avert a score, but forgetfully grabs the ball at the last second. The other team gets a penalty kick, converts it, but then Froggy makes a field-long kick for a game-winning score. London forces Froggy into too many guises—the fool, the hero, the klutz, the fancy dancer—but none of them stick. Remkiewicz’s illustrations have charm; it is in their appeal that this book will find its audience. (Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: March 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-670-88257-7

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Viking

Review Posted Online: May 19, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1, 1999

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