TWO MICE by Sergio Ruzzier
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TWO MICE

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Age Range: 3 - 8
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KIRKUS REVIEW

The deceptively simple counting story of two mice, their adventure, and friendship.

One morning in Ruzzier’s imaginative and colorful world, two mice wake to explore. The tiny window above the bed beckons: water, mountains, and sky are waiting for these two. Starting before the title and ending on the copyright page, minimal text says all that is needed: “One house / Two mice / Three cookies. / Three boats / Two oars / One rower. / One nest / Two eggs / Three ducklings.” New readers will soon notice the number pattern and slow down to see how the droll illustrations extend the story. For instance, the mouse with one cookie has an angry expression and a rather tightly curled tail, while the loose-tailed mouse looks gleeful as it chows down on two cookies. The sunny rowboat scene is not so sunny for the mouse who has to manage the two oars. By the time the two buddies return to their home, all is forgiven when the delicious soup is served. (And, in a visual nod to Sendak, it is clearly “still hot.”) The small trim size and careful attention to details give this book enormous appeal; the decorative floor tiles, ornamental feet on the kitchen table, and mismatched stools fit right in with the red hills and ever changing sky. The simplicity of the text means that the earliest readers will soon be able to pick it up and will return to it over and over.

One story. Two mice. Three cheers. Lots to love. (Picture book. 3-8)

Pub Date: Sept. 1st, 2015
ISBN: 978-0-544-30209-9
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Clarion
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2015




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