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“The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read.”
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