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Author: Previn, Stacey
Aberdeen is a small mouse with a big sense of adventure. He never meant to leave the yard in the first place. BUT a balloon floated by and ... Join Aberdeen on his playful romp and his endearing search for his mama!
Kirkus Reviews (06/01/16)
School Library Journal (07/01/16)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 07/01/2016 PreS-Gr 1—Aberdeen is a little mouse who doesn't mean to leave his yard but is drawn to explore the world when a balloon dreamily floats by and captures his attention. This adorable and expressive creature will delight readers as they follow his adventures from one yard to another. Aberdeen floats over dandelions and finally lands in a nearby forest where he searches for his mother and his way back home. Aberdeen's bucolic world is brought to life by Previn's bright and vivacious watercolors. The tale is easy to follow, and the excellent text-to-image ratio allows readers to decode words with ease. VERDICT This wonderfully illustrated story will delight emerging readers and make a fine addition to any picture book collection.—Maria Alegre, The Dalton School, New York City - Copyright 2016 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 08/01/2016 Aberdeen, a small, brown mouse, has an adventure when he can’t resist following a floating balloon out of his yard. When his tail gets tangled in the balloon’s string, he flies away with it only to fall in the mud when it pops. He gets cleaned off and wanders into the forest to eat acorns. An owl frightens him, but Aberdeen scares it away and then runs to his mother, who gives him a big hug and a mild admonishment for worrying her. Softly shaded watercolor illustrations—most with spare detail—make it easy for even the youngest of readers to follow the sequence of events. There is nothing seriously threatening here, nor are the scenes too scary—the worst thing to happen is that Aberdeen has worried his mother. The result is a gentle cautionary tale, far more comforting than menacing. On the final page, the reassuring atmosphere is accentuated by the mice tails, which form into a heart shape when the mother and child hug. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.