The pursuit begins immediately as the eponymous mice race across a swath of green grass on the dedication page. The boys begin the rhyme with the traditional tiger. Flo, a smaller, all-white mouse wearing a pink scarf, makes her first appearance here, standing nonchalantly on the tiger’s paw. Her desire to participate is quashed by her brothers in a parallel text that’s made up entirely of dialogue. She continues to try to join the fun as the boys chase down additional animals, including a female hippo and turtle, a somewhat scary boa constrictor (with no toes), and a very toothy alligator. Molk’s illustrations, created in pen and ink and watercolor then digitally combined, keep the focus on the mice with only parts of most of the larger animals shown. Bright colors and energetic lines contrast pleasingly with watercolor washes that provide texture and interest. Simple, slightly cartoony features keep the mood light despite the preponderance of predators—and the slight frisson of danger in a couple of instances. Using a different, handwritten-style type for the dialogue keeps things clear, though read-alouds could still be a bit tricky.
Brisk and bouncy, this clever adaptation combines animals, action, humor, and typical sibling dynamics to create a lively and engaging escapade. (Picture book. 3-6)