Charlie & Mouse Are Magic

Chronicle. Aug. 2022. 48p. Tr $14.99. ISBN 9781452183411.
K-Gr 3–The “Charlie & Mouse” series is a breath of fresh air, and its latest installment is no exception. In this sixth book, the two brothers find themselves playing with magic. After Mouse concocts a special potion that appears to grant wishes if smeared on the tip of one’s nose, they enjoy a special cookie, dance naked in the rain, and include all their toys in a delightful family dinner. Mom and Dad find themselves playing along, too, and it looks as though everyone may just get their wish granted. Snyder fosters empathy in readers by showing Charlie and Mouse effortlessly accepting their mom’s apology for being cranky when they respond, “We are fine.” With this, both children display a heartwarming understanding that adults can also have flaws. Colorful pictures that look as though they were drawn intricately with colored pencils highlight the innocence and whimsical qualities of children, though pictures of the boys dancing naked outside may be problematic for some. The story features four short chapters, making it perfect as a quick read-aloud for primary students or an independent option for growing readers. This book is a great choice for both children and adults looking for a relatable story full of goodness to snuggle up with and enjoy together.
VERDICT A feel-good choice for the classroom that could also circulate often in various library settings for young children just learning to enjoy short chapter books with simple language.

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