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Me and My Big Mouse.
Long, Ethan (Author) , Long, Ethan (Illustrator)
Jun 2014. 32 p. Amazon/Two Lions, hardcover, $16.99. (9781477847282).
Michael’s pet, Bo, is a big mouse (really big—bigger than Michael) with an outsize personality and boundless enthusiasm. A routine scamper around the house involves broken furniture and a terrified cat. Since Bo hates to be left alone, the gregarious mouse follows Michael everywhere (even to the bathroom). He tends to take over the boy’s bed, his computer, and his games with friends. After sneaking away without his pet, Michael relents and apologizes, but he lays down some rules for their future together. In this droll picture book, Long, creator of the comical Wing Wing Brothers books and the Geisel Award–winning Up! Tall! And High!(2012), features a pet as large, lovable, and trouble-prone as Clifford the Big Red Dog. Michael’s succinct, deadpan narration perfectly sets up the visual humor in the digital illustrations—energetic line drawings brightened with color washes. Fun for reading aloud and sharing with groups of children. — Carolyn Phelan