|Toe Shoe Mouse by Jan Carr, illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell.|
Holiday House, 2014.
Another fabulous library find!
Let me start by telling you that the illustrations in this book are so adorable and lush, that Mr. B, my manly railroading husband, saw it sticking out of our pile and picked it up. "Oh, wow! This is cute."
And then you start to read it, and the little mouse narrator has such a dramatic little voice. It is a very fun read-aloud.
"I will not go into the disturbing details of how I arrived at the ballet," it begins. "I will say only that it involved a cat with glittering teeth and cruel claws, and a chase through the sewers of the city."
Our little mouse finds himself in a grand old theatre, where he falls in love with dance and tries to make a home in a pointe shoe. Along the way, he is chased by a cat, brings gifts to a ballerina, and dreams of being chased by soldiers. ["His dream is like The Nutcracker!" shouted by little Nutcracker mouse with glee.]
And the colors. I love the colors used throughout the book. I'm not the biggest pink fan in the world, but I do love the soft pinks used here, and the reds and soft greens are gorgeous, too. It's eye candy!
I didn't even notice when we read this, at first, but Little Sis just received the first Sophie Mouse chapter book as a gift from my dad, and it's also illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell. Her mice have to be the most adorable mice in children's books today.
Big Sis told me she never noticed any real mice during her production of The Nutcracker, but they did have a bat. On stage. During her scene.
Fun and games, folks. Fun and games.
I may need to order this one for my niece. Her very first dance recital is at the end of next month. She's only 3 and a half. Wouldn't this be perfect?
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