Sunday, January 12, 2014

[BOOK REVIEW] Mice Twice by Joseph Low

Title:  Mice Twice

Author:  Joseph Low

Genre: Animals / Food Chain / Suspense

Year Published: 1980

Year Read:  2004

Publisher: Aladdin Paperbacks

Source:  Library

Content Rating:  Ages 4+ (Some Scary Imagery)

“Mice Twice” is a clever book by Joseph Low about how a clever mouse outsmarts a hungry cat when the cat invited her over for dinner.  “Mice Twice” may have some intense looking illustrations that might scare smaller children, but this is truly a classic book for children of all ages.

Joseph Low has done an excellent job with both the story and the illustrations of this clever tale.  Joseph Low effectively shows how cunning can beat trickery as long as that person (in this case, Mouse) is cautious among people who intend to do them harm and try to avoid them at all costs.  Joseph Low’s illustrations are scratchy yet detailed especially of Cat and Lion as they both have sharp teeth and intense looking eyes, strongly indicating that they are clearly the villains of this tale.  Also, Joseph Low has done an excellent job at illustrating the characters in 1800s clothing style, indicating that this tale took place many years ago.

Parents should know that some of the images of Cat and Lion in this book may be too intense for smaller children too handle.  Cat and Lion have intense looking eyes throughout the book as their eyes are always shadowed and they also have sharp teeth that strongly reinforce their ruthless nature.  Parents should read this book first before they show it to their children and see if their children are used to illustrations that look intense.

“Mice Twice” is an interesting and great tale about trickery and being cautious of one’s surroundings and children will surely take great pleasure in reading this tale over and over again.  I would recommend this book to children ages four and up since smaller children might be scared by the intense illustrations of Cat and Lion.

1981 Caldecott Honor


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