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Charlie & Mouse

Charlie & Mouse

Spring 2017 Picture Books
Ages: 5 - 8 yrs.
Author: Laurel Snyder
Illustrator: Emily hughes
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 9781452131535
Hardcover Price: $14.99

In the first of four simple and pleasing short stories that make up Laurel Snyder's chapter book for young readers, little brother Mouse is just a lump under the covers, too sleepy to get up, until big brother Charlie reminds him that it's a party day. On their way to the playground in the next story, Charlie and Mouse&mdash:refreshingly companionable siblings—gather friends along the way for "the best party ever." After another adventure where the brothers' money-earning scheme doesn't work quite as they expected, it's bedtime, and Charlie and Mouse ask Mom to add a "bedtime banana" to their story and song night-time routine. Each of Snyder's deftly structured stories ends with a humorous tweak to wrap-up, and illustrator Emily Hughes' appealingly detailed pencil drawings capture both the unforced sweetness of the brothers' relationship and the stories' gentle humor.

Lynne Heffley   ©2017 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and editor for the arts and non-profit organizations, Lynne is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, where she established the paper's first weekly children's arts and entertainment beat.

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