Charlie & Mouse Even Better

by Laurel Snyder and Emily Hughes

Siblings Charlie and Mouse are back in this book for advanced beginning readers comprised... read more

Siblings Charlie and Mouse are back in this book for advanced beginning readers comprised of four short chapter stories set over the course of a single day. The morning begins with Mom’s breakfast preparations enlivened—and complicated—by requests from Charlie and Mouse to have pancakes in various shapes. Then the duo go shopping with Dad for Mom’s birthday present. Home again, Dad makes a cake while Charlie and Mouse decorate. In the final chapter, Mouse distracts Mom while Charlie comes up with an alternative to the burned cake that brings the story full circle. Droll humor (Mouse’s idea for the perfect birthday gift is tape, which Mom is always looking for) and often recognizable family dynamics make for an entertaining chapter book. Charlie and Mouse appear to be mixed-race, with a brown-skinned dad and white mom. In this outing, they are never identified by gender pronouns, and Mouse continues to express a creative, gender fluid sartorial style. (Ages 4–7)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2020

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