Little Mouse can't sleep. To his fertile imagination, the branch tapping sounds like a burglar on the roof, the owl hooting sounds like a ghost, and the dripping faucet like rain inside. Big Mouse patiently, albeit gruffly, explains the true, nonscary nature of each disturbance. Each time Little Mouse asks "Can I come into your bed?" Big Mouse, who is not eager to be joined by a wriggling, cold-pawed Little Mouse, says "No." Finally, Big Mouse responds, "Better come into my bed." This comforting story is accompanied by brightly colored illustrations with endearing mice characters. Enchanting details depict the mouse home: a playing-card headboard, spool-of-thread table, and matchbox dresser drawers with button handles. The predictable text with its funny noises and repetitive refrain is excellent for reading aloud. Pair this with Martin Waddell's Can't You Sleep, Little Bear? (Candlewick, 1992) or Bethany Roberts's A Mouse Told His Mother (Little, Brown, 1997) at pajama storytime programs.
Robin L. Gibson, Muskingum County Library System, Zanesville, OH
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