A little girl and a mouse live in the same house. But they can’t “tell anyone about each other.” If the little girl’s family knew about the mice the hA little girl and a mouse live in the same house. But they can’t “tell anyone about each other.” If the little girl’s family knew about the mice the humans would “get a cat.” If the mice knew their daughter was friends with a human, “they’d flee to a hole in the ground.” So both girls (human and mouse) live separate but similar lives. The illustrations especially showcase just how similar life is on a typical day when the families are winding down and getting ready for bed. The illustrations on top showcase the human family while the illustrations below show just how the mouse family’s activities are almost a mirror of the activities above. Of course things get tricky when each girl cannot get settled into bed without the help of their mothers. Both human and mouse go looking for the said parents when they discover that each mother has a secret as well…they aren’t the only ones with a friend of a different species. There are rich details illustrated into this fun story. Children will enjoy looking and comparing each version of the girls going to bed before the readers go to bed themselves....more
This is a fun story about Scribbles (a cat that is drawn with “scribbles”) and Ink (a mouse that is a solid black color, like ink). They are friends.This is a fun story about Scribbles (a cat that is drawn with “scribbles”) and Ink (a mouse that is a solid black color, like ink). They are friends. In this particular story Ink finds a flyer that tells about a drawing contest. The contestants must draw a dinosaur…and the deadline is “tomorrow”. However, the winner will get to go to Mudslpash Mountain “the muddiest place on earth!” And with a prize like that, Scribbles and Ink decide they must enter the contest. Scribbles draws first (with a pencil). But the dinosaur doesn’t look quite right. Then Ink draws. But Ink draws an egg (that has a dinosaur inside it). Of course it hatches and thinks that Scribbles and Ink are the “Mommy” (until it sees Scribble’s dinosaur drawing). Knowing that they won’t win the contest with the dinosaurs that they drew, both Scribbles and Ink decide to do something for their friend. Ink draws an award for Scribbles. And Scribbles draws some buckets (that happen to have mud in them) so they can have their very own mud party.
This is a humorous story. I like how the friendship between the two animals is so complimentary. I also enjoy the fact that there is so many references to art in here. Kids might not notice the fact that the names “Scribbles and Ink” complement how these characters are drawn. But they won’t be confused as to which character draws what (Scribbles has a blue pencil and Ink has a red paint on a paint brush). And the fact that things come to life from imagination and a little bit of drawing will entice young readers. This is the type of book to give to readers who have read every single Elephant and Piggy book and are looking for something new. Hopefully Mr. Long will bring about other fun Scribbles and Ink books....more
This one was okay. I love pie and I love tiny pies...so I had high hopes for this book. But...it was more about a little elephant not being big enoughThis one was okay. I love pie and I love tiny pies...so I had high hopes for this book. But...it was more about a little elephant not being big enough to go to a party so she makes little pies with some mice in the kitchen wall. And...the book was okay....more
I love how this particular book starts the story on the title page. In fact, the first part of the story on the title page and the verso page is imporI love how this particular book starts the story on the title page. In fact, the first part of the story on the title page and the verso page is important even though there isn’t any text that is part of the actual story. Mouse is sad and the other animals are worried (this is what we learn on the title page). Almost all of them try doing something to cheer up Mouse (this is what we see on the verso page). But no, Mouse is still sad. Then one by one all of the animals start trying to do things a little more extreme to cheer up Mouse. For example crow “picks him up” by flying him as high as the trees. All of these extreme bits of love and support don’t help Mouse cheer up. But there is one animal who is more observant in noticing what Mouse needs…a hug!
Readers will enjoy the bright illustrations and the fun characterizations of the forest animals. And observant readers will enjoy looking at the chipmunk to see what he is doing while the rest force their extreme antics on a gloomy Mouse. Yet at the end everyone realizes that sometimes a hug is the best medicine for helping someone feel better. And, since the “cheer up, Mouse!” part is repeated over and over again, this might be a fun book to read with a story time group who is ready to “Cheer up, Mouse!”...more
Okay, seriously. I LOVE THIS BOOK! I didn’t know much about it going into reading it. I just knew that it had a good review. Well, now I know why! SerOkay, seriously. I LOVE THIS BOOK! I didn’t know much about it going into reading it. I just knew that it had a good review. Well, now I know why! Seriously, I think that one of the happiest things in the world of juvenile fiction is that this is going to be a series of brilliant books. And that will make me very happy! Especially because this is a level that doesn’t have very many things that I love. It is harder than the easiest readers. But it isn’t as hard as a Nancy Drew book. It is probably on par with the Magic Treehouse sort of books. And it is the smaller size (for younger readers to hold) and has the larger text (for those just learning to read) and loads of white space and illustrations. Plus, the story is actually good. And not just good, it made me laugh out loud. Which is important! So what is it about you ask? Well, let me tell you.
Nick and Maxine move into a new apartment. One day Maxine has her brother come to her bedroom and stand on the dresser to look out the window. (And yes, Nick asks how Maxine knew that he needed to do that. Which is such a great question to bring up in this type of book. If kids are going to do weird, crazy things at least they might acknowledge that they are doing them…even if Maxine never really told Nick how she discovered that a kid needed to stand on top of a dresser to actually see something important.) Anyway, while Nick is on top of Maxine’s dresser he discoveres that behind all of the apartment buildings on the block is a tiny little house. But there is no way from the street to get to the house. And this leads to Nick and Maxine going on a quest to ask the janitor (who was in the boiler room) about the house and how to get there.
Mike the janitor tells them that the nice old lady Mrs. Noodlekugel lives there and that they just have to get to the house by going through the boiler room, but to not tell their parents that he told them. Of course later the parents randomly decide to tell Nick and Maxine that they should never go bother the nice Mrs. Noodlekugel or to go to her house or even step on her porch. And, you know exactly what adventure Nick and Maxine head off to do.
There they find a wonderful place with a nice old lady who is every bit as nice as Mike or their parents told them she was. And there is also a talking cat. And some mice who help with cooking.
Seriously, I will say it again. This was a great beginning chapter book! I also loved what the parents had to say at the end of the story. I really shouldn’t say too much more about this book. Because, well…it is one that should be read and enjoyed. So stop reading this review and head out to find this book. Then read it. Then read it to your favorite kiddo…or watch them read it. Because it is funny. That’s why....more