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INSIDE MOUSE, OUTSIDE MOUSE by Lindsay Barrett George


by Lindsay Barrett George & illustrated by Lindsay Barrett George

Age Range: 3 - 5

Pub Date: April 1st, 2004
ISBN: 0-06-000466-5
Publisher: Greenwillow

A house mouse, who sleeps inside a clock, and a field mouse, who sleeps inside a stump, travel corresponding routes to greet each other at either side of the house window. Both the brief text and the full-bleed gouache paintings are parallel, offering the repetition and predictability that is especially appealing to young children. Though the story is slight, the concept is cleverly engaging with the next-to-last spreads depicting the overall route each mouse has taken to reach the window sill. George demonstrates her usual command of her medium; her delicate line perfectly suits the mouse’s-eye view of house and garden (the house mouse passes under the nose of a large dozing dog while the field mouse passes a squirrel, all finely detailed). The occasional striking perspective focuses attention. With its large format, clear illustrations, and the most appealing mice readers have ever seen, this will be popular for both group and individual sharing. (Picture book. 3-5)