Saturday, December 21, 2013

Good Night, Mouse by Jed Henry -- ADVISABLE

Henry, Jed Good Night, Mouse! PICTURE BOOK. HMH Books for Young Readers, 2013.  $16.99. Content: G.

Little Mouse can't sleep. Good thing he has a whole cast of woodland friends eager to help him beat his insomnia. Each takes turns giving Mouse suggestions, from filling up on bugs before bed to finding a soft, cozy place to sleep. But it takes Bat -- and a little creativity -- to finally get Mouse to drift off.

Good Night, Mouse! is a nice addition to the selection of books addressing the topic of insomnia. The illustrations are pretty and the text is very lyrical, although the two don't completely come together. This makes the story unclear at times, and I often found myself having to explain who is saying what -- and why. Still, it's a sweet pre-bed book that's great for lap readings, especially during the third or fourth reading, when the story is already understood and the words and illustrations can be enjoyed for what they are.

Pre-K, EL (K-3) -- ADVISABLE. Reviewer: Caryn.

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