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Miss Mousie's Blind Dateby Tim Beiser
Synopses & Reviews
A second book from the award-winning author/illustrator team, Tim Beiser and Rachel Berman. As charming as BRADLEY MCGOGG, we think this story will sell at least as well, but possibly even better!
A charming story about self-acceptance, and love lost and found, told through the eyes of a dear little mouse, and her possibly-not-so-handsome suitor, Mole. Chramingly illustrated, cleverly told, the message is timeless, and the illustrations endearing.
"Like a bizarre cross between Beatrix Potter and Ugly Betty, this tale of romance from the team behind Bradley McGogg: The Very Fine Frog involves adorably dressed characters and some crass sentiments. Dowdy Miss Mousie is lovestruck when she spies Matt Labatt the rat in the deli, but he's a cad. 'Hey, Mole,' he says to the deli owner after Miss Mousie coyly drops her handkerchief, 'tell that fat girl by the door/ to pick her hankie up.' Miss Mousie is devastated, but her hopes spring anew when she receives a mystery invitation. She disguises herself, hoping to appear exotic rather than banal; the mystery date turns out to be the deli-owning mole, who's as insecure as she is — cue the happily-ever-after theme music. Berman draws Miss Mousie's long gowns and dainty furnishings with tender care, and Beiser never cheats on rhyme or meter. But the story gets its biggest laughs from making fun of Miss Mousie's weight and the mole's poor eyesight — far from a compassionate portrait of disability, it's an inexplicable lapse in judgment. Ages 3 — 6." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
About the Author
Tim Beiser was born on April Fools' Day in Los Angeles. He lived for many years in New York City, where he wrote plays and science fiction short-stories while driving an ambulance for the Fire Department. Now living in Toronto, Tim is an award-winning journalist who has written for many of Canada's leading publications. His first book for children, Bradley McGogg: The Very Fine Frog, was published to much critical acclaim.
Rachel Berman is a painter who has lived and worked in Canada, the United States, and Ireland. Born in New Orleans, Rachel has worked as a professional artist for over thirty-five years. Rachel Berman has a long standing relationship with the Ingram Gallery, who represent her. She is the illustrator of the celebrated Bradley McGogg: The Very Fine Frog by Tim Beiser, a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's Literature - Illustration.
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