Synopses & Reviews
Aand#160;Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book
and#160; It is a blustery spring day, and Mouse and Mole are very excited. They are going to go bird watching! They are planning to make bird books! Mouse and Mole pack paper and crayons and hurry outside. It turns out, birds are not so easy to watch. Splashing in puddles scare them away. Stepping on crunchy leaves does too.
Mole rubs his snout. Mouse twirls her tail. Together, they come up with a plan to get closer to the birds. A plan that includes glue and feathers . . .
Join Mouse and Mole on another high-flying adventure in which teamwork, brainstorming, and good ideas always make for a fun day out!
"An entertaining first book, filled with the things that children love -- silly rhymes, and funny, likable characters." School Library Journal
'\"An entertaining first book, filled with the things that children love -- silly rhymes, and funny, likable characters.\"'
Praise for Harcourt's Green Light Readers:
"A must-have for any family with a beginning reader."--Boston Sunday Herald
"You can't go wrong with adding several copies of these terrific books to your beginning-to-read collection."--School Library Journal
"A winner for the beginner."--Booklist
"Frequent, small frames resembling comic-book cells are sprinkled among the full-page illustrations, pulling the reader forward. Warm nighttime charcoal-and-gouache hues make the magic of Mouse's natural world warm and inviting to new readers." Kirkus, 9/15/07 Kirkus Reviews
"The plentiful charcoal pencil-and-gouche illustrations...imbue the moonlit nighttime scenes with appropriate mystery and wonder...[With] a grand finale sure to satisfy the audience." The Horn Book, Nov/Dec 2007 Horn Book
"[T]he artwork nicely reinforces the story's action, the closeness between friends, and shared wonder in nature's magic." Booklist 11/2007 Booklist, ALA
"Yee portrays Mole's vulnerability and Mouse's pragmatism with great sensitivity and humor." SLJ Jan 2007, School Library Journal, Starred review
"Fireman Small and his faithful Dalmatian make a charming pair, and this simple rhyming story is endearing." School Library Journal
"He may be pint-sized, and he may be tired after a busy day at the firehouse, but Fireman Small puts on the turbocharger when he smells smoke coming from a vent in this madcap story." Kirkus Reviews
The rhyming sentences are well crafted and full of action. Children will relate to Yees watercolor illustrations of the diminutive firefighter who cannot see over the hotel reception desk and has trouble reaching the door handle.” School Library Journal School Library Journal
Proving once again that you dont have to be big to be brave.” The Horn Book
"The surprising twist and lively rhyming couplets enhance Yee's lesson about politeness and generosity, and opaque fields of color and whimsically clumsy figures embolden his illustrations." Publishers Weekly
A Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Award Winner!!
Praise for A Brand New Day with Mouse and Mole
"The stories are light, with simple plots, and the lively and expressive watercolor illustrations add energy and detail. A worthwhile addition to easy-reader collections."and#8212;School Library Journal
Praise for Abracadabra! Magic with Mouse and Mole
"These two are a lovely addition to the pantheon of easy-reader pals."and#8212;School Library Journal, starred review
"Frequent, small frames resembling comic-book cells are sprinkled among the full-page illustrations, pulling the reader forward. Warm nighttime charcoal-and-gouache hues make the magic of Mouse's natural world warm and inviting to new readers."and#8212;Kirkus Reviews
"[T]he artwork nicely reinforces the story's action, the closeness between friends, and shared wonder in nature's magic."and#8212;Booklist
Praise for Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole
"The expressive bamboo-pen and watercolor with colored-pencil illustrations capture the humor of the situations as well as the emotions of the characters. With its controlled vocabulary, repetition, and humor, this tale of friendship also introduces opposites, homophones, and letter writing. A real winner."and#8212;School Library journal
"Kids will become more proficient at reading and also come away with a lesson in friendship."and#8212;Booklist
"In their latest round of endearing adventures, best pals Mouse and Mole suit up excitedly for a day of springtime bird-watching, but before they can focus their binoculars, each of their subjects flies away. Compromising and cooperating are the themes as the friends find elaborate, creative solutions to their problems and make a final project that celebrates their individual talents. Once again, transitional readers will enjoy the well-paced textand#8217;s wordplay (including lots of puns); the gentle, realistic friendship conflicts; and the ink-and-watercolor artwork that captures the storyand#8217;s humor, action, and feeling."and#8212; Gillian Engberg, Booklist
Detective Small may be short in stature, but he is long on brains and sleuthing skills. . . . This mystery is an exciting chase as readers follow along with Detective Small. . . . The charcoal-pencil and watercolor illustrations are comical, and include details everyone will laugh over, such as the Man in the Yellow Hat in a banana-related lineup. Yee also includes crime-solving information that will help children realize how difficult Small's job really is, such as the amount of research he does to tie together his clues. The rhyming text will help beginning readers anticipate what will happen next. It is dynamic, introducing great action words while still making the book fun to read. Even though Detective Small proves to be fallible, kids will cheer his efforts to solve the case and look forward to his next one.
School Library Journal
The rhyming text creates an infectious, bouncing rhythm that will appeal to many young listeners. It's Yee's pencil-and-watercolor illustrations, though, that really extend the action and humor in scenes showing the tiny detective, trench coat flapping, chasing down animal suspects. The story's cautionary message about making judgments before "you have all the facts" makes this a candidate for character-education units.
Featuring plenty of visual jokes (including a cameo from the Man in the Yellow Hat) and a narrative written in sprightly verse, the caper is sure to peel right off the shelf.
Readers will enjoy the same easy-flowing, rhyming text, nicely paced tension, and comical, charming watercolor cartoons found in the previous "Fireman Small" titles.
School Library Journal
Yee's rhyming text bounces along effortlessly, while amusing details in the cheery watercolors add to the holiday fun.
A well-timed reminder that small bodies can hold big hearts.
Though the story told in rhymed couplets will hold children's interet, the artwork will captivate them. Like Yee's original Fireman Small (1996)...this has plenty of appeal.
Eek! There's a mouse in the house! To get rid of it, a little girl invites a parade of animals into her home, including Cat, Dog, Sheep, Hog, and more. They all join in a merry, silly chase to catch the pesky rodent in a rhyming text with lighthearted illustrations.
Eek! There's a mouse in the house! In this spirited tale of escalating silliness, Cat, Dog, Sheep, Hog, and friends all join in a merry chase to catch a pesky rodent.
Alligator couple Mr. and Mrs. Green attempt to go camping, but Mr. Green begins to get anxious in this humorous early readerand#160;from acclaimed author-illustrator Keith Baker. This Level 2 Green Light Reader includesand#160;full-color illustrations withand#160;lots of picture clues.
This treasured selection from Meet Mr. and
Mrs. Green is now a stand-alone Green
Light Reader. Level 2 readers will enjoy
hiking along with the Greens as they follow
picture clues and a round about trail to
a camp-out spot in their own backyard!
At first Mom and Pop Nash have ten eggs, then five--and soon they have none! Mom and Pop want to surprise that tricky wolf who's stealing their eggs, but he surprises them first.
A new home, a lost dog, and helpful neighbors all add up to many new friends for Kim.
Kim's dog, Chip, is lost in the big city. How will she find him? Maybe her new friends can help. . . .
Mouse and Mole are very excited. Minkus the Magnificent is in townand#151;ONE SHOW ONLY!and#151;and they canand#8217;t wait to sit in the front row and see his tricks. After the abracadabras happen, though, something goes a bit wrongand#151;and Mole is very disappointed to discover that magic is sometimes not exactly what it seems. How will Mouse help her friend realize that there is magic happening right in front of their very eyes? Wong Herbert Yee gives readers another grand adventure with two best friends, Mouse and Mole, who, despite their different outlooks on life, manage to show each other that friendship itself is a magical event!
Pinky Pigand#8217;s clarinet has met with an unfortunate accident. Lucky for Pinky, she works at Hamburger Heaven and can save up for a new one. But the customers are growing tired of the same old menuand#151;all cheeseburgers, all the timeand#151;and Pinky might soon lose her job if business doesnand#8217;t pick up. So she springs into action, creating a new menu to please every possible taste. Will it be enough to save the restaurant and her job?
and#147;Delightful. . . . A real winner.and#8221;and#151;School Library Journal and#147;The friendly, cooperative tone of the text is reminiscent of the Frog and Toad series.and#8221;and#151;Kirkus Reviews and#147;Yeeand#8217;s comfy beginning reader (dedicated to and#145;Friends of Frog and Toadand#8217;) . . . packs in plenty of sweetness and civility.and#8221;and#151;Publishers Weekly
Mouse and Mole are neighbors.
Mouse lives inside an oak tree, and Mole lives in a hole underneath.
They are neighbors, but they are also friends.
Sometimes friends make mistakesand#151;but they always try to help each other out. That is what Mouse and Mole do.
Fireman small has a busy day rescuing people and fighting fires . . . and it's not over yet. Just as he's preparing for a good night's sleep, the fire bell rings yet again.
Fireman Small is having trouble sleepingagain. Plinkety-plop, a raindrop falls SPLAT!on the nose of Fireman Small.
A leaky ceiling forces him to leave the station and check in at the Pink Hotel.
Fireman Small wont get a restful nights sleep just yet though . . . at first its the noisy hotel guests preparing for a night on the town that keep him awake, but then its the fire down below that gets Fireman Small out of bed and to the rescue!
When Big Black Bear shows up at the Brown Brick House on Sycamore Street, he's not very nice or polite. He barges in, makes a mess, and even threatens to eat Little Girl. Will she be able to teach him some manners?
All the bananas are missing. Every single one, from uptown to downtown, have been stolen! The police are stumped. Who is taking all the bananas?
Time to call in Detective Small! When all the clues lead to the obvious, Detective Small follows his hunch, leading to sweet victory in the end!
Itand#8217;s Christmas Eve, and Fireman Small has had a busy dayand#151;he helped Mayor Mole find a Christmas tree, and he decorated it from tip to toe. When he arrives back at Firehouse Nine, all Fireman Small wants is a good nightand#8217;s sleep before Christmas morning.
But a crash and a muffled ho-ho-ho suddenly wake him up. Rushing downstairs, Fireman Small discovers that he has a big problem on his hands.
Join Fireman Small as he takes to the snow-covered streets to save Christmas the best way he knows how. With him at the reins, it may not be reindeer hooves that you hear on your rooftop.
Fireman Small is having trouble sleepingand#151;again. A leaky ceiling forces him to leave the station and check in at the Pink Hotel, but he wonand#8217;t get a good nightand#8217;s sleep just yet. First itand#8217;s the noisy hotel guests, and then itand#8217;s the fire down below that gets Fireman Small out of bed and to the rescue!
When Mrs. Brown lands in the hospital, the animals on her farm decide to move into her house. Chaos ensues as a cow, two pigs, three ducks, and a yak take over. When Mrs. Brown finally returns and crawls into bed, she has a big surprise in store for her . . .
About the Author
WONG HERBERT YEEand#160;lives in Michigan, where he writes and illustrates books for
children. He emerges from his mole hole on occasion for walks at the nature center nearby. Some of his books include the Mouse and Mole series and the Fireman Small series. and#160; For a complete list of books by Wong Herbert Yee, visit www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com. For more information about Wong, visit his Web site at http://hometown.aol.com/wongherbertyee/