Leavitt, Lindsey The Big Move (Commander in Cheese #1) 83 pgs. Random House, 2016. $4.99. Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
Ava and Dean Squeakerton live in a big white house with their family and friends. They are mice and they live in the actual White House in Washington DC. When a new president moves in with her kids (and cat!), the mouse siblings are determined to obtain a Lego for their collection. But they are taking some big risks; will the be stepped on by a mover, trapped in a room, eaten by a cat, discovered by humans, or all of the above? Includes cute simple illustrations.
This is an adorable book that contains quite a few interesting facts. I think students will be intrigued by the idea of a mice navigating the White House and its dangers. There is both a mouse pair of siblings and a human pair, so students can relate quite easily to the characters. The illustrations make the book longer but allow for easier comprehension for younger readers, perfect for 1-2 graders.
EL (K-3) – ADVISABLE Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.