Pizza Mouse

illus. by Michael Garland. 32p. (I Like to Read). Holiday House . Sept. 2017. Tr $14.95. ISBN 9780823437610; pap. $6.99. ISBN 9780823438532. POP
PreS-Gr 1—A simple series entry aimed at emerging readers. A mouse in New York City (referred to here simply as "the city") tells readers about his life. There are cats and dogs and angry grocers who all chase the poor mouse, and he must also avoid dangerous raptors and crowded streets as he tries to find food. He stumbles upon a slice of pizza and must get it home to his family. The reading level is perfect for kindergarten and first-grade audiences who will appreciate the short easy sentences. They will delight in some of the illustration's references to the Big Apple. There's the iconic stone bridge in Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Chrysler Building, and the tiny mouse carrying his slice onto the A train.
VERDICT A satisfying treat for beginning readers everywhere.

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