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Muncus Agruncus, a Bad Little Mouse by Nancy Dingman Watson
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Sep 01, 07

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Recommended for: Anyone who likes children's books
Read in January, 1978

So, this is a book that my mother read to me almost every night while I was growing up. It was read to me so often I practically memorized it, so it naturally is a book I feel a profound connection to. But, apart from my indoctrination, it is a really great children's book. I suppose it is particularly interesting since it's a book you could read a four year old, and yet at the same time the sentences and vocabulary are rather advanced for a children's book. How many children's books come up with rhymes like "One by one his brave fleet disappeared/While the roar of the cataract burst on his ears," or that will describe the water pouring out of a bathtub faucet as a "wild foam cloudland," and make it fit the meter? Well, I suppose there are others, but this one is a good one. And even to this day I think about the last picture and quotation when I head off to bed: "And on his desk were the maps and plans/For the next time he might find some time on his hands."

If you like children's books, you should have this one.
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