British partners Hendry (Dog Donovan) and Chapman (Dora's Eggs) present a sprightly version of a familiar bedtime scenario. When Little Mouse hears an ominous "huffing and puffing" outside the house, Big Mouse says that it's only the wind. Then Little Mouse imagines a ghost when he hears an owl, and he envisions a burglar when a branch taps on the window. Each time Little Mouse begs to come into Big Mouse's bed, but Big Mouse dreads the little one's wriggles and cold feet. He finally relents when Little Mouse simply admits, "I'm lonely." Hendry's engaging characters and sound effects make the book a lively read-aloud, while Chapman's bright illustrations are filled with cunning mousey details. A birthday candle atop a wooden spool serves as Little Mouse's bedside table, and his headboard is a playing card; Big Mouse pins a paper clip to his own nose to stop his snoring. From the cheery patchwork endpapers to the familiar expressions on Little Mouse's face, children will respond to the quiet comfort offered by this story of a very noisy night. Ages 3-7. (Nov.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
PreS-Gr 2-Little Mouse can't sleep. To his fertile imagination, the branch tapping sounds like a burglar on the roof, the owl hooting sounds like a ghost, and the dripping faucet like rain inside. Big Mouse patiently, albeit gruffly, explains the true, nonscary nature of each disturbance. Each time Little Mouse asks "Can I come into your bed?" Big Mouse, who is not eager to be joined by a wriggling, cold-pawed Little Mouse, says "No." Finally, Big Mouse responds, "Better come into my bed." This comforting story is accompanied by brightly colored illustrations with endearing mice characters. Enchanting details depict the mouse home: a playing-card headboard, spool-of-thread table, and matchbox dresser drawers with button handles. The predictable text with its funny noises and repetitive refrain is excellent for reading aloud. Pair this with Martin Waddell's Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? (Candlewick, 1992) or Bethany Roberts's A Mouse Told His Mother (Little, Brown, 1997) at pajama storytime programs.-Robin L. Gibson, Muskingum County Library System, Zanesville, OH Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.