Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? This is the story of an unusual friendship that is told entirely in dialogue. Mouse is setting up his painting easel on a rock in the lake when suddenly he is tossed into the water. The rock turns out to have been Hippo who quickly saves Mouse from drowning. Once on shore Mouse offers to paint a picture of Hippo as a thank you. Since Hippo is so big, Mouse uses his largest brush and fills the whole canvas with a swath of grey paint. Hippo loves it: “It’s awesome! If I use my imagination, my ears are probably way up here-and my dimple is right here.” Hippo takes the painting home to hang and decides that he will paint Mouse’s portrait in return. Of course, using his smallest brush, the painting is a tiny black dot on a huge white canvas. Again, Mouse loves it: “I love it! You made me look so cute!” These two artists are bound to be the best of friends. The dialogue is differentiated by color, font, and font size making it very clear which character is talking. The soft India ink, water color and felt pen illustrations are full of expression that complements the characters.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This is fun book to real aloud with two voices. A nice addition to stories of friendship and art.
Who should buy this book? Public libraries and elementary school libraries
Where would you shelve it? Picture 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: 3/4/17