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Mr. Maxwell's Mouse: 04/14/12

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My son does a lot of reading at school. His favorite books he either brings home or tells me about so I can find a copy at the public library. One of his recent recommendations was Mr. Maxwell's Mouse by Frank and Devin Asch.

Mr. Maxwell is a fat cat (literally and figuratively). He wears a nice pinstripe suit and reminds me of a feline Al Capone. He usually gets his mouse baked but today he decides to order it raw. His soon to be meal has other plans though and through a clever turn of words manages to make his escape.

Devin Asch's 1930s inspired illustrations bring an interesting dimension to this book. The restaurant could be a speakeasy. Maxwell could be a mobster; he certainly is from the point of view of the mice in the story. The pictures are detailed enough to make the book worth a re-read or two.

Four stars.

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Comment #1: Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 23:26:41

Jenn aka the picky girl

I love the look of this book! I don't have kids, but from time to time, I really get the urge for a good picture book, a smart one, and this looks like it would be.



Comment #2: Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 21:02:32

Pussreboots

I was reading picture books well before I had kids. Mr. Maxwell's Mouse definitely has enough to it to entertain an adult. Happy reading.