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 Charlie & Mouse
 Author: Snyder, Laurel

 Illustrator: Hughes, Emily

 Publisher:  Chronicle Books
 Pub Year: 2017

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: 36 p., col. ill., 21 cm

 BTSB No: 832905 ISBN: 9781452131535
 Ages: 6-9 Grades: 1-4

 Subjects:
 Brothers -- Fiction
 Family life -- Fiction

Price: $18.61

Summary:
In their first adventure, Charlie and Mouse, two young brothers, enjoy a day out together, attending an imaginary party and collecting rocks.

Series:
Charlie & Mouse, 1


Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.10
   Points: .5   Quiz: 187734
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 1.60
   Points: 2.0   Quiz: 70546

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (+) (02/15/17)
   School Library Journal (01/01/17)
 The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (A) (00/04/17)
 The Hornbook (+) (00/07/17)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 01/01/2017 K-Gr 2—This early reader series opener offers likable characters but an underdeveloped story. Charlie and Mouse are brothers with loving parents and a diverse group of friends and neighbors. They take part in simple childhood pastimes: a neighborhood party, a money-making plan, a bedtime snack. They do everything together, from the moment they wake up in the morning until they go to sleep in the same bed at night. Snyder infuses each tale with humor, and young readers will enjoy illustrator Hughes's depictions of each character, especially the facial expressions. Repetitive language supports emergent readers looking to try chapter books. However, the first two chapters fly by without giving readers the opportunity to get to know the characters better. Early events don't always make sense; for example, there's no clear reason why the characters have a neighborhood party, and it seems anticlimactic. Charlie and Mouse appear to get along exceptionally well for two young siblings, which doesn't feel particularly realistic. The last two chapters are much more fleshed out, and readers who have taken to Charlie and Mouse will most certainly look forward to the next book in the series. VERDICT Early reader collections will benefit from this new series, especially if future volumes incorporate stronger storytelling.—Casey O'Leary, Mooresville Public Library, IN - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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