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 Mouse and Hippo
 Author: Twohy, Mike

 Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2017)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [32] p., col. ill., 21 x 26 cm

 BTSB No: 895940 ISBN: 9781481451246
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Subjects:
 Friendship -- Fiction
 Painting -- Fiction
 Mice -- Fiction
 Hippopotamuses -- Fiction

Price: $22.08

Summary:
When Hippo saves Mouse after he falls into the lake, Mouse paints his new friend's portrait to thank him.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.00
   Points: .5   Quiz: 187728
Reading Counts Information:
   Interest Level: K-2
   Reading Level: 2.10
   Points: 1.0   Quiz: 70702

Reviews:
   Kirkus Reviews (12/01/16)
   School Library Journal (01/01/17)
 The Hornbook (00/03/17)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 01/01/2017 PreS-Gr 2—How does a mouse view a hippo? How does a hippo view a mouse? And, more important, can they be friends? This is an entertaining commentary on artistic perspective, but at heart, it's a comical story of friendship. Twohy uses India ink, watercolor, and felt pen to create cartoon depictions of a cheerful though slightly ratty-looking mouse and an equally jolly hippo. They meet unexpectedly when Mouse accidentally sets up his painting easel on Hippo's back. Extensive use of white space draws readers' attention to the action as the unlikely pair bond over a mishap and an appreciation of painting. The first-person dialogue is presented in two different fonts and colors to easily delineate which character is speaking. Similar to Claudia Rueda's Is It Big or Is It Little?, this offering showcases the concept of relative size but in a more plot-driven fashion. The action is straightforward and simple, but the subtle and humorous lesson in perspective makes this book suitable for school-age kids, too. VERDICT Cheerful characters will give this title shelf appeal and make it a storytime hit and a favorite for art teachers as well.—Lisa Taylor, Jacksonville Public Library, FL - Copyright 2017 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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