Motor Mouse Delivers – Cynthia Rylant, illustrations by Athur Howard

  Motor Mouse Delivers – Cynthia Rylant, illustrations by Athur Howard, Beach Lane Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, 9781481491280, 2020

Format: Hardcover

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

Genre: Picture Books

 What did you like about the book? The author/illustrator creators of Motor Mouse have added three new adventures in this new book–”The Radio Mystery Book”, “Day of the Double-Decker”, and “A Good Game of Croquet”. These are all cute little stories, but each has an important message tucked in the pages. In “The Radio Mystery Book”, Motor Mouse learns the importance of being patient. He begins to listen to the reading of a mystery book that is playing on the radio. The only problem is that the show only reads one chapter a night and Motor Mouse must make the decision to get the book at the library and read ahead or enjoy a new chapter each night. In “Day of the Double-Decker” Motor Mouse experiences car problems and must use a double-decker bus to complete his deliveries. He learns that what he thought was going to be an unfortunate situation actually turns out to be very pleasant–plus he was able to make all his deliveries. In “A Good Game of Croquet” Motor Mouse plays a competitive game of croquet with his brother. When his brother suggests they just play for fun and not to win, Motor Mouse learns that some things are better than winning.

Anything you did not like about the book. Nothing

To whom would you recommend this book? This book is perfect for children between the ages of four and eight years old. The stories are a bit longer, so an older child might be more inclined to sit through the stories. I would recommend this book to a child that has enjoyed the other Motor Mouse stories.

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries, anyone who works with children between the ages of four and eight years old. There are some messages in these stories that might be good for group discussions.

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Kristin Guay, former youth services librarian.

Date of review: December 9, 2020

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