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TICKLE, TICKLE! ITCH, TWITCH! by Julie Olson

TICKLE, TICKLE! ITCH, TWITCH!

By Julie Olson (Author) , Julie Olson (Illustrator)

Age Range: 3 - 5

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-7614-5714-5
Publisher: Marshall Cavendish

A mischievous mouse plays a trick on a slumbering groundhog. Gus the groundhog is just nodding off against the trunk of a big shady tree when he gets an itchy, twitchy feeling. Readers see that a tiny white mouse is teasing Gus with a feather, but all Gus knows is that he needs a scratch right away. He tries a stick that turns out to be...a snake! He runs until he finds a bush, which turns out to be...a porcupine! The same misfortune befalls him when he lies down on a rugged log, which becomes a crocodile. All the while, the unseen mouse tags along, taunting Gus with his feather. Snake, porcupine and crocodile also give chase, and when they catch up...they all scratch his back! The animals in Olson's watercolor-and-digital illustrations are certifiably cute, and poor Gus's contortions as he seeks relief are undeniably funny—but the mouse's trick is just plain mean, and with no comeuppance for the mouse or even real resolution (Gus never learns what's been plaguing him so), readers will be left wondering where the justice is. (Picture book. 3-5)