Snow Day for Mouse

8 min. Dist. by Dreamscape. 2015. $38.99. ISBN 9781681418155.
PreS-Gr 3—This is the latest in the popular picture book series written by Judy Cox and illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler, featuring a hungry and inquisitive mouse. In this story, we find Mouse longing for a gumdrop that has rolled off the table and "higgledy-piggledy" into a corner of the kitchen. As Mouse attempts to grab the sweet candy, Mouse, Cat, and the gumdrop end up getting swept outside and into a snowstorm that has blanketed the city and closed schools for the day. Mouse must keep one step ahead of his feline foe as he searches for the gumdrop. Instead, he ends up enjoying the snow, ice-skating, sledding, and making a snowman. And thanks to some bird friends, Mouse manages to escape Cat before running back inside at the end of the day. Narrated by Kirby Heyborne, this DVD includes Ebbeler's beautiful acrylic illustrations, which are slightly animated in spots. Along with a buoyant musical score, this is sure to entertain.
VERDICT A delightful version of the popular picture book. It includes action, adventure, and a simple lesson about the rewards of friendship. Recommended for public library collections.

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