Mimi has lots of brothers and sisters and the smallest of them is called Hugo. All the mice love little Hugo, so when they go on a picnic and he goes missing, they're very, very worried. Where, oh where, can little Hugo be?
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Martin Waddell is widely regarded as one of the finest contemporary writers of books for young people. Twice Winner of the Smarties Book Prize - for Farmer Duck and Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? - he also won the Kurt Maschler Award for The Park in the Dark and the Best Books for Babies Award for Rosie's Babies. Among his many other titles are the novels Tango's Baby, The Life and Loves of Zoe T. Curley, The Kidnapping of Suzie Q, The Beat of the Drum, Frankie's Story and Starry Night, Winner of the 1986 Other Award. He was the Irish nominee for the 2000 Hans Christian Andersen Author Award. Leo Hartas has been drawing for most of his life and has illustrated numerous books for children, including several other books about Mimi and her mouse family such as Mimi's Christmas. Mimi and the Blackberry Pies and Mimi and the Dream House. Leo began illustrating fantasy gamebooks in 1983, some of which take almost two years to complete because they are so detailed. He says of his work. "All I have ever done has been because I enjoy it myself - but I'm delighted to find children enjoy it too!" Leo lives in Brighton.From School Library Journal:
PreS-Gr 2--Mimi and her mouse siblings are at the center of these picture books. In the first title, Mimi wants to build Chez Mouse where, as she says, "I can be me!" First her sisters, then later her brothers, gather material and try to construct a dream home, each adding something to please themselves. Mimi doesn't like either of these abodes and finally builds one for herself. The book is short and sweet, though Mimi's refrain "I want a mouse-house where I can be me" gets a bit tiresome. The second title has a stronger story line. Mimi and her siblings go on a picnic. While the others are playing, the youngest one disappears. Much looking and crying ensues, until he is finally found, having fallen into the dessert. Picnic also uses repetition, but children are more likely to enjoy this book as they watch Hugo eat the dessert while his family searches for him. Hartas's colorful illustrations are detailed and engaging but at times awkward. Additional purchases.
Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, OR
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