Wednesday, February 4, 2009

A Brand-New Day with Mouse and Mole

I don't do a whole lot of reviews of easy readers, only because they don't cross my path quite as often as chapter books or picture books, but when a really cute one comes along, like this adorable set of connected short stories featuring mouse and mole friends, written by Wong Herbert Yee, I had to sit down and share it with you all.

A Brand-New Day with Mouse and Mole is the third book featuring the cute pair of friends, the first two being titled Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole and Abracadabra! Magic with Mouse and Mole.

In the first story, "Holes," poor Mole wakes up, expecting a great day, and unfortunately finds that moths have eaten holes through all of his clothes!

The second story, "What's New Is In!," features Mouse trying to help Mole buy new clothes, but her friend is very picky about what clothes are appropriate for a mole. All of his clothes are OLD and what's NEW is what's in.

In "Nibbles and Bites" the friends (Mole in new clothes of course), head out to go fishing, but are disappointed when nothing is biting. Of course, they have a great time anyways!

Finally, "What's Old is New," features Mouse and Mole turning their old items into something new and fun for their friend.

Yee's easy reader is cute and of course, easy to read for beginners. The illustrations, also done by Yee, and sweet and simple, not distracting from the text, which to me, is very important when a child is working on learning to read. They are interesting enough, but not so bold and bright that the child will become distracted.

A nice selection for library shelves or for a new reader in your home!

To learn more or to purchase, click on the book cover above to link to Amazon.

A Brand-New Day with Mouse and Mole
Wong Herbert Yee
Easy Reader
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
September 2008

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