Little Mouse’s Big Breakfast – Christine Pym

   Little Mouse’s Big Breakfast – Christine Pym, Nosy Crow, (9780763696269), c2016, 2018

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?    Little Mouse wakes up hungry and sneaks into a nearby home to find something for breakfast.  Little Mouse finds a blueberry and “Well, Little Mouse loved a bright blueberry. A bright blueberry would be just perfect for little mouse’s breakfast.”   But then, Little Mouse sees something else “A rosy-red apple.” Little Mouse cannot seem to stop finding wonderful things to eat and is soon balancing a tower of treats : the blueberry, an apple, a cookie jar, a wedge of cheese, a pickle, a sausage and a cupcake complete with a cherry on top.   When he stops to pick up a sunflower seed, everything comes crashing down and suddenly a cat has appeared: “The big black cat loved a little mouse! A Little mouse was his favorite. A little mouse would be just perfect for a big black cat’s breakfast!” Little Mouse escapes with the sunflower seed and all ends well.  But Little Mouse is still hungry and decides to try the house next door; one that the reader will see has three cats! The illustrations of watercolor, gouache and pencil crayon are full of bright color and expression. Readers will love this hungry, wide-eyed mouse. This is the perfect addition to a food-themed story time and a good example of being too greedy.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?  No

To whom would you recommend this book? This is a wonderful book to add to story times with a theme of food paired with Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  

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?  Yes

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

Date of review:   3/8/18      


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