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Little Bitty Mousie
Retold by Jim Aylesworth
Illustrated by Michael Hague (Walkers Books for Young Readers, 2007)
|From the publisher:
Tip tippy tippy tippy
When Little Bitty Mousie creeps into a house one night, she sees,
smells and feels so many new things! With the alphabet subtly tucked
into this charming story, Little Bitty Mousie sniffs and nibbles her
way through the night.
Went her little mousie toes
Sniff sniffy sniffy sniffy
Went her little mousie nose
Jim Aylesworth's talent for rhythm and sound, paired with Michael
Hague's intricate art, makes this perfect cuddle-up-and-read story.
|What readers/reviewers have to say:
"In this outstanding alphabet rhyme, a wee,
purple-frocked mouse goes "Tip-tip tippy tippy— through a lovingly
detailed house, going „Sniff-sniff sniffy sniffy" all the way along.
For her, this is a mouthwatering adventure as she licks B's butter,
gets I's icing in her white fur and nibbles O's orange peel. Not
without mishaps, she discovers that P for pepper just causes sneezes.
She also explores V for vacuum and R for roses and delights at tasting
the clever sugar-coated X atop the hot cross buns. All is fun and games
until Z brings the mousie a round a corner and a close encounter with a
furry member of the family. Hague's illustrations shine with sumptuous
vividness. The delicate plays of light and bright colors bring a
visually arresting blend of realism and fancy as the reader sees the
giant world from the mouse's point of view. Additionally, the lilting
verse and sing-song refrain make this a treasure of the genre."
"Aylesworth and Hague steamroll the alphabet-book competition with this
rhyming adventure. Realistically drawn but purple-frocked Little Bitty
Mousie explores a human home, from a bowl full of apples to the Zs of a
snoring cat. The text stays on the right side of sweet, and storyhour
audiences will connect with the quarterly refrain, "Tip-tip tippy
tippy/Went her little mousie toes./Sniff-sniff sniffy sniffy/Went her
little mousie nose." Hague's pencil illustrations, vibrantly colored in
Photoshop, offer a three-dimensional effect that enhances the
fantasy-meets-reality mood. Mousie's expressions range from bliss among
the roses to slight distaste over pepper. The "lady's Lipstick" page is
classic. The book is an ideal balance of the familiar with a few twists
on the theme-and there's not a whisker out of place here." --SLJ
Aylesworth, Jim. Little Bitty Mousie.
by Michael Hague. Walker Books for Young Readers, 2007. 32 pages. ISBN:
0-827-9637-0; Reinforced binding: 978-0-8027-9638-7 $17.85;