Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

A Brand-New Day with Mouse and Mole

A Brand-New Day with Mouse and Mole

Wong Herbert Yee
Fiction  Series
For ages 5 to 7
Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 2008   ISBN: 978-0618966769

It is a lovely morning on a brand-new day and. Or at least it is a lovely morning until Mole discovers that all his clothes have holes in them. His dresser has been invaded by moths! Not surprisingly Mole is furious, and he even snaps at his friend Mouse when she pays a call. Mouse is very sympathetic and she helps Mole to chase all the moths out of his house.  It is obvious that Mole is going to need some new clothes, but first he and Mouse need to have something to eat. As Mole says, “Chasing moths is hungry work.”

After a snack at the diner, Mole and Mouse go to the new clothing store to get Mole some new pants and shirts. The problem is that all the new clothes are in bright colors. Mole cannot see a single thing that is green or brown, the colors that he likes the most. Eventually, Mole finds green and brown pants in the clearance section, but no tops that suit him. Will Mole dare to try something really new?

In this charming Mouse and Mole title, Wong Herbert Yee explores the idea that sometimes it is a good idea to try something new, and sometimes it works better to stick with something that you are comfortable with. It is delightful to see how the two friends in the story not only solve their problems, but how they also do things for each other.

With loveable characters who are sympathetic and very accessible, this chapter book is a perfect fit for young readers.