The Great Big Paw Print – Poppy Green, illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell

515i7difzzl   The Great Big Paw Print (Adventures of Sophie Mouse), Poppy Green, illustrated by Jennifer A. Bell, Little Simon, (9781481471480), 2016

Format: Paperback

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre: Animal stories

What did you like about the book?  In this ninth adventure starring little Sophie Mouse and her forest friends there is a mystery to be solved.  It is the start of winter and all around town food is disappearing. Apples go missing from school, a cake disappears from the library and someone breaks into Sophie’s parent’s bakery. Sophie and her friends decide to visit their friend Poppy the hedgehog before she settles in for hibernation. The friends come across some very big paw prints and are soon on the trail of the thief.  The plentiful pencil illustrations help break up the text for readers while adding to the plot and characters.  This is another sweet tale with a dash of mystery  for beginning chapter book readers.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book?  Fans of the previous Sophie Mouse books will welcome this new addition to the series.  Readers who love animals and are branching into chapter books will find much to love here.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Chapter books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 12/27/16             

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