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ALEXANDER AND THE WIND-UP MOUSE by Leo Lionni

ALEXANDER AND THE WIND-UP MOUSE

by Leo Lionni

Pub Date: Nov. 12th, 1969
ISBN: 0394809149
Publisher: Pantheon

It's the turn this very ordinary plot takes that makes all the difference: envying Willy the wind-up mouse bemuse he's loved not chased, Alexander arranges with the magic lizard to be transformed into a toy too--until Willy is discarded and Alexander, thinking fast, determines that the wind-up should become a real mouse instead. It's a happy solution but not one of Mr. Lionni's most felicitous picturizations: the two mice pale against textures and patterns that have nothing to do with their situation, the modest domestic drama being diminished rather than enhanced by the decor. Still, a little of Alexander and Willy is better than none.