Friday, May 11, 2012
Mouse and Mole: A Perfect Halloween
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children | September 2011
The most recent Mouse and Mole book is entitled Mouse and Mole: A Perfect Halloween. This adorable early reader chapter book feature best friends, Mouse and Mole, and their fall adventures revolving around carving pumpkins for a contest, making costumes, and facing the scariness Halloween can bring. Yee uses a clever story-within-a-story as a way for Mouse to help Mole be less afraid. In the end, Mole gets Mouse back, startling him in his ghost costume, and "together, Mouse and Mole had a perfect Halloween!"
The artwork is colorful, rendered in gouache and litho pencil, which provides strong lines and soft details. As appropriate in an early reader, the illustrations provide clues to the text to assist new readers still working out new words. There's a fair bit of text on each page, which makes this book perfect for those ready for a little more work, but broken up well into four separate chapters to allow for breaks. The typical early reader trim size is great for little hands.