Yee continues his Mouse and Mole series with another winning installment, which opens on a winter morning. Once again, the best friends’ opposite personalities create friction: Mouse can’t wait to enjoy a day of sledding and skating, while Mole prefers to stay in bed. But after a farcical, mistaken-identity scene with a snowman, the friends come together for outdoor fun, followed by fireside tea and cookies. As in the series’ previous titles, catchy rhymes, brisk dialogue, onomatopoeic sounds, and winsome ink-and watercolor illustrations will easily draw new readers to this seasonal, episodic friendship story.
— Gillian Engberg, Booklist
Kirkus Review — Mouse is delighted by a fresh snowfall and rushes to her friend’s house to invite him out to play. Mole thinks that “bed is the place to be on a day like this,” and is none too pleased to be disturbed. Undaunted, Mouse ventures out into the “winter wonderland” and builds a Sno-Mole to keep her company. Bored Mole eventually joins her and later builds a Sno-Mouse of his own. The bundled-up friends against the wintry background make an endearing complement to the quiet humor of the story. A tea-and-cookie retreat provides a cozy ending to a splendid beginning reader.
Mouse and Mole, Fine Feathered Friends
A 2010 Theodore Seuss Geisel Honor Award Winner
A Brand New Day with Mouse and Mole
“The stories are light, with simple plots, and the lively and expressive watercolor illustrations add energy and detail. A worthwhile addition to easy-reader collections.”–School Library Journal
Abracadabra! Magic with Mouse and Mole
*”These two are a lovely addition to the pantheon of easy-reader pals.”–School Library Journal, starred review
“The friendly, cooperative tone of the text is reminiscent of the Frog and Toad series.” - Kirkus
“[T]he artwork nicely reinforces the story’s action, the closeness between friends, and shared wonder in nature’s magic.”–Booklist
Upstairs Mouse, Downstairs Mole
“The expressive bamboo-pen and watercolor with colored-pencil illustrations capture the humor of the situations as well as the emotions of the characters. With its controlled vocabulary, repetition, and humor, this tale of friendship also introduces opposites, homophones, and letter writing. A real winner.”–School Library journal
“Kids will become more proficient at reading and also come away with a lesson in friendship.”–Booklist