Sometimes I Feel Like a Mouse: A Book about Feelings

Jeanne Modesitt, Author, Robin Spowart, Illustrator
Jeanne Modesitt, Author, Robin Spowart, Illustrator Scholastic $14.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-590-44835-2
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-590-44836-9
Prebound-Other - 1 pages - 978-0-606-09873-1
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The latest offering from the creators of Night Call and Vegetable Soup seems more like a pep talk on self-esteem (``There is no such thing as a right or wrong feeling'') than a fully realized picture book. There is no linear narrative, and readers don't really know who ``I'' is. Each feeling (shy, bold, sad, happy) is correlated with that of an animal, as a nameless boy in overalls expresses himself. Spowart's typically shadowy, vague illustrations seem a bit dour here, though properly moody and unthreatening. At the back of the book all the feelings are shown rebus-style, allowing youngsters to see how far they have traveled emotionally. Though the book will strike some as rather artificial in both concept and execution, it may prove a useful part of early psychological explorations. Ages 3-7. (Oct.)
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