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by Kevin Henkes & illustrated by Kevin Henkes

Age Range: 1 - 3

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2002
ISBN: 0-06-001012-6
Publisher: Greenwillow

It’s Easter morning and Owen, the endearingly silly mouse, and his yellow blanket are back. Owen is jumping for joy at the sight of his basket overflowing with traditional Easter goodies. Each jelly-bean-colored page describes the sweets as Owen announces, “My favorite,” to each and every treat, before happily devouring the snack. From the buttercream eggs to the chocolate bunny, Owen enjoys them all equally until he comes to the last confection: the marshmallow chick, which, it turns out, is the exact same color as Owen’s fuzzy yellow blanket. Too special to be eaten, Owen enjoys the marshmallow chick in an entirely different way, playing with it all morning, afternoon, and up until bedtime. This board book is the perfect fare for those who love Owen the mouse or those who just have a sweet tooth in need of satisfaction. Henkes’s (Sheila Rae’s Peppermint Stick, p. 863, etc.) ebulliently illustrated mice never fail to please. This little work is begging to be nestled among the pastel grasses of any Easter basket, but it does one better than any chocolate rabbit: it can be enjoyed over and over again. (Board book. 1-3)