Dillard, Sarah Mouse Scouts (Book #1), 110 pgs Knopf, 2016. $12.99. Content: Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G Violence: G
Violet and her best friend Tigerlily are graduating from the Buttercups to the Acorn Scouts, and they are very excited. They don’t exactly like their new troop leader Miss Poppy, but she helps them to plan and grow their own vegetable garden, something Violet is very happy about. But the mice of the Acorn Scouts must face challenging if they want their garden to work including insects, pesky animals, and watering dilemma’s.
With its appealing cover many readers will choose this series. I am not sure they will stick with it though. It honestly sort of reads like a thinly coated lesson on hard work and chores. I felt bad for the mice as they met Miss Poppy and were assigned gardening tasks. While there was some creative thinking and friendship scattered through, the story didn’t pull me in. I realize this is an early chapter book, but I have read plenty that were just darling and written to appeal to young readers (like Critter club).
EL (K-3) – OPTIONAL Reviewer: Stephanie Elementary School Librarian & Author.