________________ CM . . . . Volume VIII Number 18 . . . . May 10, 2002

cover Busy Little Mouse.

Eugenie Fernandes. Illustrated by Kim Fernandes.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2002.
24 pp., cloth, $14.95.
ISBN 1-55074-776-2.

Subject Headings:
Mice-Stories.
Farms-Stories.

Preschool-kindergarten / Ages 2-5.

Review by Liz Greenaway.

**** /4

excerpt: image

Busy Little Mouse
hurries out to play
and bumps into a bouncy dog.
What does the little dog say?

Woof!
Woof!

The bouncy little dog
wants to play all day
in puddles with a wiggly pig.
What does the little pig say?

Oink!
Oink!

So begins the busy day of the title's mouse in a delightful re-collaboration of the mother-daughter team responsible for Sleepy Little Mouse. Award-winning author (and illustrator) of many, many picture books, Eugenie Fernandes has a knack for hitting the right tone to appeal to kids and adults. The mouse spends the day splashing, running, jumping and cavorting with the other farm animals until he returns home as "weary little mouse" and is tucked into bed by his parents.

     The simple repetitive text is perfect for reading (and re-reading) aloud to preschoolers who will enjoy making the animal sounds of these familiar animals. The conclusion is particularly sweet as the mouse is advised to

Hurry home
Climb into bed
Read a book
Rest your head.

Blow a kiss.
Turn out the light.
We love you, Little Mouse...
Good night.

     A perfect tender ending note for anyone tucking in their own little weary ones or just having a quiet reading time.

     Kim Fernandes, Eugenie's daughter, has also won awards and critical acclaim for her vibrant and charming illustrations. Made from Fimo (a pliable modeling material much like Plasticine), Kim creates wonderful three-dimensional illustrations. Rich with texture, her pictures are brimming with details from drops of water to spider's webs to stars in the sky. Little mouse's bedroom has a homemade drawing taped to the wall as well as the warm light of a tiny mouse-size lamp. It's these tiny details that make the illustrations so fresh.

     The animals are, like the text, simple and engaging for young people, with some of the sweetest expressions to be found in kids' books. The last image of the mouse, sound asleep after his day of adventure, with his little animals all around him is adorable.

     A welcome addition to any home or school library.

Highly recommended.

Liz Greenaway has worked in bookselling and publishing and is currently at home with her small children.

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