Red & Green

Beach Lane/S. & S./. Sept. 2023. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781534401723.
PreS-Gr 1–Accompanied by digital recreations of the late Ehlert’s cut-paper collages, here is a twist on a holiday classic based on Clement C. Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” The story follows a mischievous mouse on Christmas Eve. Throughout the night, the mouse rustles around the house, hears a clatter, and eats some Christmas cookies before Santa arrives. The mouse’s rhyming tale will entertain practicing readers and surprise those who expect the classic poem. With bold, contrasting colors, basic shapes create vivid cut-paper collage scenes. The pigment of each page is rich and will appeal to young pre-readers. Although the mouse eats Santa’s treat, young readers will laugh at the little creature’s adventure on Christmas Eve.
VERDICT A funny picture book for pre- and early readers. Pair with Ehlert’s Color Zoo, and with other books for low vision, such as Hervé Tullet’s Press Here.

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