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*The Tale of Two Mice* by Ruth Brown
The Tale of Two Mice
by Ruth Brown
Ages 4-8 32 pages Candlewick December 2008 Hardcover    

I love childrenís books that actually feature some real art - not those little measly one-color square doors and boring pictures fully lacking in charm, but intricate tapestries that require many long minutes of perusal to see all the fabulous details that lurk throughout the work. The Tale of Two Mice is a beautiful example of a charming tale, alluring illustrations, and the always fun pop-up interaction that children of all ages enjoy in a great kidís book.

We follow the adventure of Little Billy the mouse and his big brother, Bo, as they explore the hundreds of rooms that make up the mansion where they live. But as they scavenge around for food to fill their cupboards and wood to light a fire in their fireplace, Billy is frightfully aware of a creeping menace following their every move. Bo tries to comfort Little Billy, but soon enough, he too will feel the fright that this disastrous lurking presence invites.

This short story is a highly enjoyable and beautifully presented book for young children. In truth, parents will undoubtedly also enjoy the rich illustrations and fun storyline that keeps children coming back for more. I give The Tale of Two Mice a five-star rating and look forward to the next success by Ruth Brown.
 


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