Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 3
Genre: Picture Book
What did you like about the book? This Swedish import, highlights a little girl’s love for her neighbor’s old dog. When the narrator takes Mouse for a walk to the park, she walks slowly and tenderly calls him “old man.” She is very attuned to Mouse’s needs and is a very responsible child. This is a quiet story without a lot of action as the two walk to and from the park, sharing lunch and enjoying their time together. The illustrations in muted tones match the simplicity of the storyline. In the end, the little girl brings Mouse home, waves goodbye and walks away thinking “I wish Mouse was mine.” The next and final page shows Mouse looking out the window. Readers will realize that Mouse loves her and that in a way he really is her dog.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This is a sweet book to share with children who love dogs.
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: 7/24/17