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Itsy-Bitsy Baby Mouseby Michelle Meadows
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andlt;b andgt;A lost little mouse must navigate a huge house to find his way home in this sweet picture book from Michelle Meadows and Matthew Cordell.andlt;/bandgt;andlt;brandgt;andlt;brandgt;andlt;iandgt;Itsy-bitsy baby mouseandlt;/iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;Tap and tumble and#8217;round the houseandlt;BRandgt;andlt;/iandgt;andlt;iandgt;Chase a busy buzzy flyandlt;/iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;iandgt;Creap and leap and reach up high...andlt;/iandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Baby Mouseand#8217;s curiosity lets him discover all sorts of thingsand#8212;but it has also led him away from his parents. Lost in a large house, this itsy-bitsy baby mouse seeks to find something familiar that could lead him home. How will he find his way? Michelle Meadows and Matthew Cordell pair up to make a path for andlt;iandgt;Itsy-Bitsy Baby Mouseandlt;/iandgt;and#8212;and young readersand#8212;to joyfully follow.
"The protagonist of the title is a tiny house mouse with a free spirit. Opening scenes show him 'Whirling, twirling/ round the house,' chasing a fly, and climbing a dinner table to enjoy some pie. But when he loses track of where he is, he panics — 'WHERE AM I?' Cordell's (Leap Back Home to Me) watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations take in the action from a variety of intriguing perspectives that ground readers by showing bits of rug, tile, or floor for context. Meadows's (Traffic Pups) simple, rhyming text shifts a bit awkwardly between third- and first-person as the mouse meets a ladybug, climbs up a cat thinking it's a pillow, and eventually finds his way home by remembering visual clues (tree, key, red door). The ending is fuzzy — the cat appears to grab the mouse's tail, leading to another freakout ('Have mercy, cat./ Please let me go!'), but then the mouse is roused by his parents, the second encounter with the cat apparently entirely in the small mouse's head. Nonetheless, it's an energetic domestic adventure. Ages 3 — 7. Agent: Rosemary Stimola, Stimola Literary Studio." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
MICHELLE MEADOWS is the author of Pilot Pups and Hibernation Station. She is also the author of The Way the Storm Stops, published by Henry Holt & Co. Meadows lives in Silver Springs, MD. Matthew Cordell's work has appeared in several books including The Moon is La Luna by Jay M. Harris and Righty and Lefty: A Tale of Two Feet by Rachel Vail. He lives outside of Chicago with his wife.
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