Bound To Stay Bound

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School Library Journal - 06/01/2013 PreS—A little redhead, sitting in her mother's lap before bedtime, informs readers that when she is quiet, her mommy calls her a "little mouse." However, like most preschool children, she is anything but quiet. Different animals fill each spread as the youngster imagines herself as tall as a giraffe, brave as a lion, and waddling like a penguin. She turns the simplest activities into something fun and daring-bathing like a whale, playing a trumpet with an elephant, etc. But, when it's bedtime, she cuddles up in her mother's arms, realizing at that very moment that she's happy to be her mommy's little mouse. Short sentences and adorable illustrations fill each spread. The art has somewhat of a 1950s look that adds to its overall appeal. The endpapers reveal basic, colorful prints of the animals mentioned within the story. On the last page of the book, readers can have fun trying to spot all the different creatures, as they are hidden somewhere in the little girl's room. This is a perfect storytime book as children can act out the different animal movements and noises, and a reassuring title for lap sharing. It's destined to become a favorite bedtime story between parent and child.—Krista Welz, The North Bergen Public Library, NJ - Copyright 2013 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

Booklist - 05/15/2013 *Starred Review* A young child thinks her mother’s affectionate nickname for her—the book’s title—is funny because she is as tall as a giraffe, strong as a bull, and brave as a lion. And she is ready to prove it. Murray’s amusing, energetic illustrations, with minimal background detail, take every opportunity to show all of the girl’s buoyancy, whether out-trumpeting an elephant or waddling like a penguin. And the text is equally active, with verbs like chomp, stomp, zoom, and splash dotting the pages. There are also some amusing animal sounds, including a hiccup, which will be fun to try in read-alouds. Little Mouse is accompanied by a real mouse on every page, often appearing only to the most discerning eye, and its final appearance as the pattern on pj’s adds to the book’s delight. Finally, the story comes full cuddle, beginning in a big stuffed chair with Mom and ending with a carry up to bed. Readers will see that the animals—for now—are toys, but they are at the ready for future imaginings. Previously depicted only in profile, the child, now shown head-on, admits that she is her mommy’s little mouse—at least at bedtime. Sprightly and sweet, a winning combination. - Copyright 2013 Booklist.

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