CHOCOLATE MOUSE AND SUGAR PIG by Irina Hale

CHOCOLATE MOUSE AND SUGAR PIG

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The two little friends of the title come packaged in pleated white paper cupcakecups, which they use for umbrellas when rain threatens to melt the Sugar Pig and the sun to melt Chocolate Mouse. The cups are also used as sleds when the two slide down a dog's back, as shields to keep off a pursuing cat, as parachutes when they jump out of a window, as boats in which to sail down a rain-filled gutter, and as wings when Chocolate Mouse becomes a bat to escape the real mice who nibble at him in a stable. The goodies' odyssey begins when they run away from a fat lady's table to avoid being eaten, and it ends on a farm where they are both kept safe (the mouse by a donkey, the pig by a little boy who wants a toy). The paper-cup cuteness is about all there is to the story, and Hale's collage illustrations are as wobbly, flat, and imprecise as sugar-frosting decoration.

Pub Date: April 18th, 1979
Publisher: Atheneum