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Author: Robin Nelson

Illustrator: Robin Nelson

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Publisher: Absey and Co., Inc.,

Material: hard cover

Summary: Lu decides he needs to be recognized as more than "just a mouse," and declares himself king. It's not long before the requests from the other animals become overwhelming. It's then that Lu learns a very important lesson. There is no doubting the messages of this one: happiness comes from within and being who you are! and be careful what you wish for!

Type of Reading: playtime reading, learning to read, read aloud book

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 8; read yourself: 6 to 9

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Age of Child: Started reading with child 3½ years old.

Young Reader Reaction: S/He liked the story and thought the mouse was cute.

Adult Reader Reaction: The illustrations are great, the story is sweet. It's a nice twist on a theme we often find in children's books: love who you are. Parents can benefit from the reminder, too.

Pros: The concept of be true to yourself and is written perfectly for the target audience. The illustrations are fun and make it clear that the grass isn't always greener.

Cons: Absolutely None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy! This is a book that everyone can enjoy.


Educational Themes: In addition to reminding kids to be careful what you wish for and being true to themselves, you might be able to sneak in a lesson about the chaos that reigns when too many requests come in to Mom & Dad Central, too!

Notes: Due for publication release October 2005.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, animal characters, fables and folklore, life lessons

Date(s) Reviewed: May 2005

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