cover image A Snow Day for Mouse

A Snow Day for Mouse

Judy Cox, illus. by Jeffrey Ebbeler. Holiday House, $16.95 (32p) ISBN 978-0-8234-2408-5

While pursuing a stray gumdrop, bespectacled Mouse (star of Haunted House, Haunted Mouse and other stories) gets swept out into the snow, where he skates, sleds, and narrowly escapes the claws of a stalking cat. Once safely back indoors, Mouse gathers cookie crumbs to give to the “quivery, shivery birds” outside on the telephone wire and helps them with their migration. Ebbeler’s generously detailed acrylics brim with comedic details (the expressive birds are forlornly dressed for the tropics, and the two human boys in Mouse’s house turn gingerbread cookies into grotesque aliens and robots) and offer surprises on every page. Ages 4–8. (Oct.)