MOUSE'S FIRST CHRISTMAS

Mouse’s First Christmas (32 pp.; $12.00; Oct. 1; 0-689-82325-8) Arriving in the snowy avalanche of holiday titles, this book begins with a bit of rhymed play on the beginning of Clement Moore’s poem, as Mouse investigates something “sweet and sparkly,” a cookie, “warm and melty” hot cocoa, and so on through candy, bells, angels, candles, presents, the tree, and finally, Santa himself. The language is either twee or pedestrian, and doesn’t really engage readers or onlookers in Mouse’s mission. The illustrations are done in thick holiday pigments: reds, greens, blues, and golds; the typeface is occasionally treated playfully. Insubstantial but wrapped prettily. (Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-689-82325-8

Page Count: 32

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15, 1999

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JUMBO'S LULLABY

PLB 0-688-16996-1 In this charming lullaby, a mother elephant tries to sooth little Jumbo to sleep with gentle rhyming nonsense verses about other animals and their babies: “Zebras sleeping in the shadows,/ where they’re safely out of sight,/dream themselves in gorgeous colors/anything but black and white.” Little Jumbo sees the technicolor zebras, and the cloud-bounding gazelles, and even Uncle Rhino swimming as a sleek “rhinocer-fish.” At last the baby elephant sleeps, and the mother concludes as many human mothers have before: “Now that you are sleeping too, dear,/how I sigh with sweet relief./Slumber peacefully, my darling,/Mama’s love is wide and deep.” Sorenson conveys a pleasing blend of realism and whimsy, showing in wonderful watercolors a variety of wild animals settling down to sleep. An appealing good night book for young children and their weary parents (Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 1, 1999

ISBN: 0-688-16550-8

Page Count: 24

Publisher: N/A

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15, 1999

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I LIKE A SNACK ON AN ICEBERG

This Growing Tree entry features a series of animals, one to a page, nibbling on appropriate tidbits: “I like a snack on an iceberg,” says a polar bear with a fish in its mouth, opposite a woodpecker who says, “I like a snack in a tree.” Chickens, cows, pigs, kittens, elephants, and frogs have their say, as does the puppy that steals a sandwich off a checkered tablecloth. The last word is a girl’s, whose rich brown tresses and glowing dark eyes contrast nicely with the big red apple in her hand. The meticulously detailed illustrations, with their stippled lines depicting every feather and blade of grass, are attractive if static. The text, however, is bouncy enough for repeated read-alouds. (Picture book. 2-6)

Pub Date: Sept. 30, 1999

ISBN: 0-694-01176-2

Page Count: 24

Publisher: HarperFestival

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1, 1999

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