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Charlie & Mouse, Book 1

By Jan Carr, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Charming early reader about two adorable brothers.

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Sweet Book about Two Young Brothers

Young children would enjoy reading about the hijinks of Charlie and Mouse, while adults get a glimpse into the world of early childhood at its most fun.

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You can't get much sweeter than these two irresistible brothers, who make their own fun in four simple stories that evoke a playful, easygoing childhood. The chapters in Charlie & Mouse are episodic and short, but structured shrewdly. In "Rocks," the boys collect rocks to sell to the neighbors for spending money. Though the neighbors don't want to buy rocks, they offer to pay them to remove some, so the boys earn just enough for an ice cream each -- leaving them back where they started. The dialogue feels real. When the boys ask for "bedtime bananas," the mom says, "Is that a thing?" and "Sweet dreams, little monkeys." The first two stories are linked, and the last one references the first, ensuring a satisfying, rounded feel.

Illustrator Emily Hughes has created a lovable crew of mop-top urchins and infuses the illustrations with humor. When the brothers rouse their parents at 5:45, the dad looks seriously bleary-eyed. And in one of the book's funniest pictures, when Charlie wishes for some money, he and Mouse are shown tearing apart the couch cushions, where we see a remote and a book, but no coins. Hughes supplies much of the relaxed diversity. When Mouse troops off to the neighborhood party, he's wearing a pink tutu. And the boys stop for ice cream at "Sakamoto's Shave Ice."

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