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Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith

Published by TOON Books (An Imprint of Candlewick Press)

Pages: 32

Ages: 5 and up

Publishers Summary:There’s lots to do before Little Mouse is ready to go visit the barn. Will he master all the intricacies of getting dressed, from snaps and buttons to Velcro and tail holes?

Eisner Award-winning cartoonist Jeff Smith and his determined Little Mouse reveal all the smallest pleasures of this daily task.
A Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Book

Turkeybird and Littlebug Join Forces:
Littlebug: “Turkey, why do they tell us we are only allowed to put our pants in one leg at a time and we can only have the tag in the back?”
Turkeybird: “I don’t know Bug. I never put my pants on one leg at a time! You save so much time if you just put them both in and stand up! Plus, wearing your pants backward is so much more fun!”
Littlebug: “I know, right?! hehe”
Turkeybird: “So, what’s really silly about this book is that the mouse gets all dressed up, but do mice wear clothes?…NO! Hahaha! It’s so silly!”
Littlebug: “I know, why would a mouse wear clothes? Haha! But ever since we started reading this one every night I can’t help but want to put my own clothes on. Mom and Dad think they need to do everything for me, but I know how to get dressed now. Because I read it in this book!”
Turkeybird: “Bug, Mom and Dad think they know everything, and they know lots, but books are great! This one helps so much with clothes and I’m really glad we get to read it every night.”

Mom’s Two Cents: “It’s time to go to the barn, but before Little Mouse can go he’s got to get ready. First the underpants, then socks and pants, next are shoes, and last is the shirt. With button holes, zippers and velcro Little Mouse can only go so quickly. Just in the nick of time he’s able to finish up and make his way to the barn with his Momma. Only there’s a little catch…do mice wear clothes?

“Littlebug and Turkeybird are right, we’ve been reading this very cute comic nearly every for a couple weeks now and off & on for some time before that as well. It’s an incredibly cute way to help little ones figure out just how to get all those clothes on and get them feeling great about their achievements. For Littlebug, it’s suddenly spurred a new desire to do everything herself. Not only does she want to pick out the clothes she wears and dress herself, but nearly everything else she does she doesn’t want help with. It’s pretty funny most of the time and she almost always ends up with help from mom or dad, but it’s neat to see her growth. And I absolutely love that it got started by reading a book.

Little Mouse Gets Ready is perfect for young kiddos just learning how to do the basics. Not only will this spur a desire for more independence, but it will also help them strive to try harder. Little Mouse isn’t always able to accomplish his tasks right away and the harder he tries the more likely he is to get it. It’s something important for us all to learn, the famous quote, “If at first you don’t succeed than try try again.” We’ve struggled with helping her see that sometimes it’s okay to ask for help because of this, but that’s also part of growing up and I know she’ll learn as she goes. A wonderful book, especially for those comic book fans, with a fantastic way to show little ones just how to get ready to go out!”

The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 18 months to 6 years. Perfect for teaching kiddos just how to get ready in the morning with a little bit of a twist at the end.

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10 Responses to Book Review: Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith

  1. Sharon says:

    This looks really cute! I’m going to have to get it for my little nephew!

  2. Vasilly says:

    My kids love the Toon books including Little Mouse Gets Ready. Have you read Luke on the Loose yet? I think it’s my favorite so far.

  3. What a perfect review. This sounds so cute.

  4. So getting Little Mouse. I think Ava would love it πŸ™‚

  5. Gina says:

    Ooh another TOON book. You know I actually saw the other one in store yesterday. Looks just as good in person. Great feature on these unique books… ^_^

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