Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Charlie & Mouse

Charlie & Mouse

Laurel Snyder
Illustrator:  Emily Hughes 
Fiction  Series
For ages 5 to 7
Chronicle Books , 2017   ISBN: 978-1452131535

Charlie wakes up and he pokes the lump that is in bed with him. The lump moans, and when it is asked if it is awake it announces that it is sleeping. Of course this is not possible because one cannot be asleep and answering questions at the same time. Charlie tells the lump to get up, which is does not do. Then he announces that today is the day of the neighborhood party, which is when Mouse, Charlie’s little brother, emerges from the covers.

The boys quickly wake up their parents and soon they set off for the playground, which is where the party is taking place. As they make their way to the playground the brothers encounter many of the children in the neighborhood, who happily join them.

When they get to the playground it is completely empty. Where is the party that Charlie was so keen to get to?

In this clever early chapter book, Laurel Snyder introduces us two delightful little boys. In their company we go to a party, we collect rocks, and we come up with a way to extend bedtime. The adventures we share with the brothers are simple, and at the same time they are rich.

With touches of humor and an obvious appreciation for the good things in life, Laurel Snyder gives her readers a book that will delight youngsters for years to come.