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A cautionary tale for mice reminiscent of Carrolls Jabberwocky!

Out in the open, in the clear,

Where any wisenmouse would fear,

Jam licks his paw, he grooms an ear,

And never hears approaching hisssss . . .

What will happen to the brave mouse Jam when he breaks the rules and goes for a moonlit adventure against the advice of the elder mice?

Award-winning illustrator Barry Moser has created a dark and vivid mouse world to complement this cautionary tale full of clever nonsense words and rhyming prose that will keep kids on the edge of their seats.

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Award-winning illustrator Moser has created a dark and vivid mouse world to complement Doyen's cautionary tale full of clever nonsense words and rhyming prose that is sure to keep kids on the edge of their seats. Full color.

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About the Author

Denise Doyen studied creative writing, poetry, and design at Stanford University. A writer at heart, she went back to school to concentrate on writing for children. Once Upon a Twice is her first book. She lives in Pacific Palisades, California.

Barry Moser is an acclaimed illustrator who has won numerous awards. His works can be found in special collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the British Museum, and the Library of Congress. He lives in Massachusetts.

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reviewhounds, November 8, 2010 (view all comments by reviewhounds)
Winner of E.B.WHITE READ-ALOUD HONOR AWARD 2010

The Asso. of Booksellers for Children's Committee said:
"This book was a sleeper, and made the short list after one committee member who loved it read it aloud to everyone else. Wonderful writing in the spirit of Lewis Carol. Enchanting. Tickles the tongue and 'comes to life' as a read aloud."
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From SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL, August 2009

“This wonderful book is a marvelous read-aloud that children will want to hear again and again.”

*Starred Review

K-Gr 3 – Doyen’s utterly sound and alive story is paired withthe perfect illustrator, whose deft touch provides all the eeriness that it begs for. The cautionary tale begins with the “eldermice” telling the youngsters who are gathered to play in the night air that the woods and ponds are filled withcreatures dangerous to their kind. With gloriously nonsensical words and phrases (e.g., “scritchscrambles”), the author manages to get the point across that there is much to fear in the night. Jam Boy doesn’t listen and instead brags that he is unafraid, and he stays to play alone by the pond. Here the language grows taut withsuspense, and Moser’s dark backdrop is punctuated with fireflies. “Half-submerged, a slender queen/Esses ’cross the pond unseen,/Sly serpentine–bound not to miss….” Out of nowhere a snake roils, coils, and lashes. Splash! What has happened to Jam Boy? Children will be sitting on the edge of their seats awaiting some news about their fallen protagonist. Despite the dark feel, there is much to rejoice about in learning of Jam Boy’s fate. Ultimately a story of youthful arrogance–or as Doyen calls it, “furry overconfidence”–versus the elders’ wise experience, this wonderful book is a marvelous read-aloud that children will want to hear again and again. It is too good to save for Halloween.–Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

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From KIRKUS REVIEWS, July 15, 2009

“Undeniably arrayed in a gorgeous brocade, woven of fresh, inventive wordplay and masterful illustrations.”

*Starred Review

A foolish mouse is prone to jamming up the line of fellow night-foragers to smell a rose and wandering off to watch a beetle. After nearly becoming a snake’s dinner, “Jam” lives on to lecture mouslings on the dangers of moonlit meanders. The lushness here is in Doyen’s “Jabberwocky”-inspired verse, delivered chiefly in rhyming four-line stanzas. “ ‘Beware the dangershine of Moon, / Do not disturb the bugs of June!’ / The elder mouncelors whispercroon / A tune that tells Jam what to fear…” The scansion’s near perfect, and deliciously inventive words (riskarascal, jaw-claws, furlickt) invite repeat read-alouds. Moser’s fulsome full-bleed pictures employ a palette of midnight blue, inky charcoal, grayed greens and luminescent ochres. Jagged stalks silhouette ominously against a fat, full moon that picks out detail in a cluster of white roses and the reptilian gleam of a snake’s scales. In a particularly effective spread, pairs of eyes, anonymously aglow, peer at prey from near-pitch darkness. This slight cautionary tale is undeniably arrayed in a gorgeous brocade, woven of fresh, inventive wordplay and masterful illustrations. (Picture book. 4-7)

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375856129
Author:
Doyen, Denise
Publisher:
Random House Books for Young Readers
Illustrator:
Moser, Barry
Author:
illustrated by Barry Moser
Author:
Moser, Barry
Subject:
Stories in rhyme
Subject:
Conduct of life
Subject:
Animals - Mice Hamsters Guinea Pigs etc.
Subject:
Bedtime & Dreams
Subject:
Children's 4-8 - Fiction - General
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Random House
Series:
Picture Book
Publication Date:
20090831
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from P up to 2
Language:
English
Illustrations:
FULL COLOR
Pages:
32
Dimensions:
10.29x10.15x.38 in. .87 lbs.
Children's Book Type:
Picture / Wordless
Age Level:
04-07

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