In his fourth outing (Haunted House, Haunted Mouse, 2011, etc.), Mouse has a snowy adventure that could easily make the jump to being a wordless Pixar short.
Cox’s hapless Mouse doesn’t let anything get him down, making him a character sure to enjoy a wide fan base. Ebbeler’s comical acrylic illustrations are the stars here, depicting the undertakings of the accidentally swept-out Mouse as he explores and makes the most of the snowy landscape out of doors. Making the acquaintance of three southbound, camera-wearing, suitcase-toting, sombrero-wearing birds who watch and influence his activities, Mouse ice skates in a puddle, toboggans on a leaf and makes some rad snow sculptures of his new friends. Throughout, the cat just misses pouncing on the Stuart Little–esque Mouse, but not for lack of (repeated) trying. And when Mouse makes it back to the warmth of the house, he remembers “the quivery, shivery, hungry birds,” ending the tale with a gentle, feel-good message perfectly delivered. Ebbeler brings readers into the setting with everyday details—the ugly, crisscrossing power lines, boot treads and wonderfully textured fur and feathers, but it’s the humorous details that will stand out to readers—don’t miss the rooftop snow sculpture.
Readers will look forward to taking this snow-day romp again and again. (Picture book. 4-8)