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Busy Little Mouse

by Eugenie Fernandes
illustrated by Kim Fernandes

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list price: $8.95
also available: Paperback Hardcover
published: 2006
publisher: Kids Can Press
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Busy Little Mouse

What do all the barnyard animals have to say? Woof, oink, baa, moo, meow, quack and neigh, of course! Toddlers will delight in the simple rhyming text and three-dimensional artwork. Originally published as a hardcover in 2002 (Our Choice 2003 Starred Selection).

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Canadian Children’s Book News. 2007.

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As Busy Little Mouse hurries outside for the day, he meets a pig, sheep, cow, cat, duck and horse. As his playmates are introduced, they each have something to say -- like oink, baa, moo, meow, quack and neigh! The rhyming text and three-dimensional artwork invite children into a world of color, movement and fun. Busy Little Mouse is sure to become a favorite read-aloud at the end of any busy day.

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Editorial Reviews

Sculpted from vibrantly colored, extremely pliable modeling material, Kim Fernandes’ imaginative farmyard scenes ebulliently depict a mouse, a dog, a pig, a sheep, and other animals playing together. Spiderwebs in the barn, crops sprouting in the field, are examples of the highly defined details that fill the joyful three-dimensional art. Eugeneie Fernandes, the illustrator’s mother, provides the text of simply structures rhymes, which, with each turn of the page, induct a new animal into the action and invite youngsters to respond aloud — From calling out each animal’s distinctive sound to discovering the crawling ladybug, mouse’s straw hat, and the diminutive toys the young rodent takes to bed, children will find much to like in this pleasing picture book.

[B]right and appealing?This book should prove to be a popular read-aloud story and a hit with its young audience.

... a good choice for toddler storytimes and lap sharing.


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Eugenie Fernandes

EUGENIE FERNANDES grew up painting with her father, comic-book illustrator Creig Flessel. Since graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, she has illustrated numerous critically acclaimed picture books, has written 18 stories and illustrated over 100 picture books for children. Having lived on islands for all her life, Eugenie now lives and works on a small island in southern Ontario.

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Kim Fernandes

Kim Fernandes is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator. Her books include Sleepy Little Mouse and Busy Little Mouse. She lives in southern Ontario.
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