Book Reviews: Mouse Soup and Mouse Tales

MOUSE SOUPMouse Soup and Mouse Tales, by Arnold Lobel. As far as I can tell, the two books are not exactly related, but they look like a series, are titled like a series, and are meant for the same age group. And both are about mice.

I picked these books up after my son so thoroughly enjoyed the Frog and Toad series by Lobel.

Mouse Soup is clever, although a little strange (by modern standards) at times. I found it to be enjoyable and well-written. It is appropriate for beginning readers, full of short words, repetition, and interesting vignettes.

MOUSE TALESMouse Tales was my favorite of the two. It is charming, charming, charming. My son and I read it through multiple times in a row, on our first time. I got a kick out of two of the tales, especially.

I would recommend both books, but especially Mouse Tales, and especially if you have a quirky sense of humor and an old-fashioned sense of charm.


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