A Delicious Story

Astra/Hippo Park. Jun. 2023. 80p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9781662640162.
PreS-Gr 2–In a fun book perfect for new readers, a small mouse is in search of a story when he finds a friend instead. Drawn in thick black lines of ink, a small mouse wanders into the right side of a spread and encounters a big mouse resting on the left. The big mouse admits there was a story there—a delicious one—but he ate it! As he tries to think of a story to share with the small mouse, he takes some time away from the page, hoping solitude will bring inspiration. When he finally begins to share a story, both the small mouse and the big mouse get a surprise ending. Clean, crisp pages show the mice together in front of a white background, with large, easy-to-read text placing emphasis on certain words and exclamations. As in Chris Raschka’s Yo, Yes!, Saltzberg proves that friendship does not rely on word count. Readers will love looking in on the conversation, with the playful back-and-forth perfect for fans of Mo Willems.
VERDICT A silly story that will see many re-reads and is ideal for reading aloud, this title should be a hit.

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