Friday, September 15, 2017

Summer Reading 2017 Pizza Mouse


In a wonderful example of art imitating life, Michael Garland has written Pizza Mouse, the story of a city mouse on the lookout for food. Similar to the Pizza Rat from the viral YouTube video, this brave mouse eventually makes his way home on the subway. Before he can do that, he has to survive dogs, cats, people, cars, and birds, while trying to find dinner for his family. At last he can take the A train back to his mouse hole. 

This is written in an easy style with only one or two sentences per page. Many of the words and phrases repeat, making it easier for beginning readers to recognize them. The humans in the illustrations are from a variety of racial backgrounds and careers. It is just the mix of people one would expect to encounter in a large city. The illustrations show a city with New York neighborhoods and skylines, although the city is not named. 

Young readers will probably cheer for the protagonist as he avoids the teeth or beaks of larger animals, and the broom of an angry shopkeeper. The scene with the mouse carrying off a roll from a fancy restaurant could cause appreciative laughter. And even though life in a big city is tough, the mouse is matter of fact about it. "No one likes mice...I am a mouse. So what?" 

Highly recommended for early readers who love animals and pizza.

I received a copy from the publisher for review purposes.

P.S. If you haven't seen the "Pizza Rat" video, you should check it out.

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