Little Mouse Gets Ready, by Jeff Smith, 2009, Toon Books, 32 pages, $12.95
This children's comic book is about a little mouse getting dressed so that he can join his family on their trip to the local barn. It's a cute tale that makes big moments out of small things that are difficult for kids: putting on your socks, fitting a button through a buttonhole, making sure to do everything in the right order even though all you want to do is to go play.
It was written and illustrated by Jeff Smith, who is widely-regarded as one of the top cartoonists on the planet because of his smashingly successful Bone comic book series. Smith plays to his audience here: the narrative is very easy to follow, the drawings are bright and cheery, and there is a nice little punch-line to wrap everything up.
It's sweet and simple, and perfect to read to very young children (or to give to a beginning reader to read to himself or herself).
READ MORE: Here's a three-page excerpt. And here's an interview with Smith about the book.
BUY IT: The book will be available in September 2009. You can pre-order it from Toon Books here or from Amazon here: Little Mouse Gets Ready
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