Review: Charlie & Mouse

Charlie and Mouse, two young brothers, enjoy a day out together, attending an imaginary party and collecting rocks.

Charlie & Mouse is a sweet, fun collection of short stories that’s perfect for emerging readers. In the spirit of such classic readers as Frog and Toad and George and MarthaCharlie & Mouse presents a delightful pair of characters whose gentle antics are sure to delight young readers.

The charming illustrations are inspired by Emily Hughes’ childhood home in Hilo, Hawaii, and feature a lovely, diverse cast of characters. I particularly appreciated Mouse’s choice of attire – rock that pink tutu, Mouse, and smash those gender stereotypes!

Each story can be read on its own, making the collection highly accessible for readers of different levels, and the large text and extensive use of white space is perfectly designed for emerging readers.

Charlie and Mouse get into silly antics together, and there is an overall sense of positivity and gentleness that’s infused into each scenario. Charlie and Mouse might be a bit of a handful, but their hearts are always in the right place/

Sweet, funny, gentle and very endearing, Charlie & Mouse is a wonderful introduction to a pair of brothers that is sure to capture the hearts of young readers, and their grownups.

Charlie & Mouse

Hardcover, 48 pages
April 11, 2017 : Chronicle Books
Source: Raincoast Books

 

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