MUFFIE MOUSE AND THE BUSY BIRTHDAY by Joan Lowery Nixon

MUFFIE MOUSE AND THE BUSY BIRTHDAY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Four linked episodes, set on Mother Mouse's birthday, put Muffle Mouse's inganuity to the test--but only one takes her through more than a comedy routine. In the first, she serves Mother Mouse an uncooked (because she can't use the stove) breakfast-in-bed of peppermint-filled sandwiches and root beer--which makes a mess that grateful Mother Mouse doesn't even mention. The second pits her against greedy little visitor Tommy (who gets his just deserts when he snatches Muffie's hot-mustard-filled cookie) and practical-joking cousin Harry (who gets his due when Muffle's monster face terrifies him). But it's the last chapter that gives Muffle something to really feel uncomfortable about as, trying to make party decorations, she keeps getting in the way. Her solution, taking refuge under the kitchen table (with a sign claiming this as her ""special place""), is not original but it is a mite poignant; the rest is not only unoriginal, it's crude.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1979
Publisher: Seabury