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The Resource Charlie & Mouse, by Laurel Snyder ; illustrated by Emily Hughes

Charlie & Mouse, by Laurel Snyder ; illustrated by Emily Hughes

Label
Charlie & Mouse
Title
Charlie & Mouse
Statement of responsibility
by Laurel Snyder ; illustrated by Emily Hughes
Title variation
Charlie and Mouse
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Charlie and Mouse, two young brothers, enjoy a day out together, attending an imaginary party and collecting rocks
Tone
Character
Award
  • ALA Notable Children's Books, 2018.
  • Theodor Seuss Geisel Award, 2018.
Review
  • 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 --Casey O'Leary (Reviewed 01/01/2017) (School Library Journal, vol 63, issue 1, p81)
  • /* Starred Review */ In four ebullient linked stories, Snyder (Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova) and Hughes (A Brave Bear) introduce the two eponymous brothers and their down-to-earth family. “I am a mom,” says Mom when she refuses to come out from under the covers early one morning. “I can do what I want.” From there, readers follow along as Charlie and Mouse organize an impromptu party at a playground, try to make money selling rocks (a nifty twist makes this the best story in the book), and try to postpone bedtime as long as possible. “We cannot go to sleep without a bedtime banana,” says Mouse, backing up Charlie. It’s a friendly, hang-loose world: the boys share a bed, Mouse dons a tutu for the playground party, and the customers for the boys’ rock-selling business include a gay couple, Mr. Erik and Mr. Michael. The emphasis on dialogue gives the stories the immediacy of a play script, and Hughes’s easygoing vignettes add just the right amount of visual punctuation. Ages 6–9. Author’s agent: Tina Wexler, ICM. Illustrator’s agent: Stephen Barr, Writers House. (Apr.) --Staff (Reviewed 02/13/2017) (Publishers Weekly, vol 264, issue 07, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Two brothers create four fine and loopy entertainments to fill their day.At daybreak, "Charlie woke up. There was a lump beside him." (In bed, under the covers, as Hughes' wry artwork relates.) "He poked the lump. The lump moaned." It's Mouse, who moans that he is sleeping. Charlie challenges that. "How can you be sleeping?...You are talking." They get up and go poke the two lumps in their parents' bed. "I am a mom," the lump announces. "I can do what I want." This same spirit informs the following three sagas in this early reader. One is a gathering parade to a neighborhood party, featuring a variety of genders, classes, and races. Mixed-race Charlie and Mouse have a white mom and an Asian dad; Mouse, although he takes the masculine pronoun, wears a pink tutu. Next Charlie and Mouse try to earn some money by selling rocks. Neither the elderly brown lady nor the interracial gay couple are in the market, but they do need rocks removed and will pay for the service. Mom, want it or not, gets a rock garden. Lastly, the boys create a new tradition: a bedtime banana, only to conspire after lights out that a bedtime Popsicle may be better. Snyder serves the stories with propulsive good cheer and a pleasing cadence, keeping the pages flipping, while Hughes' illustrations have crazy-quilt complexity and visual texture. A top-notch early reader, with words and art in perfect step. (Early reader. 6-9)(Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2017)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10559104
Cataloging source
NJQ/DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Snyder, Laurel
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 0
  • 2
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Hughes, Emily
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True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Brothers
  • Families
Target audience
primary
Label
Charlie & Mouse, by Laurel Snyder ; illustrated by Emily Hughes
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Lumps -- The party -- Rocks -- Bedtime banana
Control code
000053652633
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
36 pages
Isbn
9781452131535
Lccn
2014026791
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)889323968
Label
Charlie & Mouse, by Laurel Snyder ; illustrated by Emily Hughes
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Contents
Lumps -- The party -- Rocks -- Bedtime banana
Control code
000053652633
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
36 pages
Isbn
9781452131535
Lccn
2014026791
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
colour illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)889323968

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