Even after Tommy shares with the other mice portions of the giant cheese he has won, there is too much to be eaten, but his friends help him come up with a creative solution.
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PreSchool-Grade 1-- This book lives up to its unpromising cover spread and ill-chosen title. Tommy, a young mouse, has won a cheese; readers are not told how. He shares it with his many mouse friends, and with the leftovers, they fashion a "beautiful castle," where they live, readers are to presume, happily ever after. The title suggests some sort of contest or conquest or triumph--but there's little of that within. The story limps along in prose that is often uninspired: "Tommy's friends were delighted with the heavy lumps of cheese they received." The full-color illustrations have some appeal--after all, we're dealing with mice here. And although several spreads succeed, others disappoint. Skip this, and buy extra copies of Henkes's Shelia Rae , the Brave (1987) or Julius, The Baby of the World (1990, both Greenwillow) or Lionni's "Frederick" stories or Alexander and the Wind - up Mouse (Pantheon, 1970) . The works of these two author-illustrators are rendered with far more verve, wit, and charm.
- Eve Larkin, Chicago Public Library
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 1991. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0060269057
Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, 1991. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # SONG0060269057