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Motor Mouse
Contributor(s): Rylant, Cynthia, Howard, Arthur (Illustrator)

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ISBN: 1481491261     ISBN-13: 9781481491266
Publisher: Beach Lane Books
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Binding Type: School And Library
Published: April 2019
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Annotation: The creators of the Mr. Putter and Tabby books present a first installment in a sweet and funny series that invites young readers to join Motor Mouse on three hilarious adventures that find him driving his delivery car, eating cake and visiting with friends. Simultaneous eBook.

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Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Mice; Fiction.
Short stories.
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Fiction | Animals | Mice, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Etc.
- Juvenile Fiction | Social Issues | Friendship
- Juvenile Fiction | Humorous Stories
Dewey: [E]
LCCN: 2018016839
Academic/Grade Level: Kindergarten, Ages 5-6
Series: Motor Mouse
Book type: Easy Fiction
Physical Information: 11.25" H x 9.00" W x 0.75" (1.24 lbs)
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2019 February #1)

Given the title, readers may expect to meet a mouse who's crazy about cars and always zooming about. But while Motor Mouse does have a little red car and drives it "here and there, making deliveries," neither car nor service are central to the book's three emotionally rich short stories. In the first, a hedgehog helps Motor Mouse and his cake-enthusiast friend Telly get out of their comfort zone and try pie on what is usually their shared end-of-the-work- week celebration, Cake Friday. In the third, he negotiates an ongoing sibling battle over hogging movie popcorn. And in the middle and most profound story, Motor Mouse hires a cab—he wants to be the passenger, for once—who takes him to his old school, where he discovers that nostalgia isn't all it's cracked up to be. As ever, the team behind the Mr. Putter & Tabby series delights: Howard's bright, boldly outlined cartooning keeps the mood buoyant, and Rylant offers knowing, laugh-out-loud-funny narration. But what readers ultimately come away with is deep satisfaction of having spent time with a rodent who is competent, caring, and at home in the world. Ages up to 8. (Apr.)

Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2019 April)

K-Gr 3—Rylant continues to create worlds of intriguing characters and fun adventures in this first title of her new series. This book contains three separate tales, each following the star character Motor Mouse and some of his friends. In the first, Motor Mouse and his friend Terry learn to try new things when the cake shop closes on Cake Friday. The second entry has Motor Mouse take a taxi to see old sights and make some new friends. In the third story, Motor Mouse and his brother Valentino must figure out how to share a large bucket of popcorn at the movies without hogging all the delicious treat. The plots are simple to follow and well paced for younger readers, the characters are enjoyable, and the life lessons are brilliantly simplified and understandable. The illustrations help to establish the personalities and the world of Motor Mouse through their lovable cartoon style. They also help to show the plot of each story, which is great for beginning readers who are still learning to read. The vocabulary is also simple and easy to understand. VERDICT This enticing series starter for early readers teaches flexibility, friendship, and compromise.–Margaret Kennelly, iSchool at Urbana-Champaign, IL

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