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Frank Asch & Devin Asch. Mrs. Marlowe’s Mice
Kids Can Press $19.95 ISBN 978-1-55453-022-9 32 pg.
Reviewed by Melissa, Age 15

Mrs. Marlowe is in a predicament…how does she hide so many mice in her home, when the police are rapping at her door, stepping inside and are ready to accuse her of being a mouse-keeper?

This picture book with historical overtones is a good contrast to Hitler’s story in mouse and cat form. The tale is perfect and has the reader riveted as to what will happen and how straight from the beginning. The illustrations are more than exquisite and pose perfect furry animals, in an imaginary world full of danger and friendship. The words run down the side of the page, while the rest of it is used up for the likeness of a cat librarian and families of rodents. They all look very real and have the reader captured. The cover has an attractive appeal to the eye and most certainly will have readers picking up the book and flipping pages expectantly. An entire book filled with charming Catland scenery.

I would recommend this book for children ages eight and up. It has a flawless depiction of history in disguise as loveable animal characters.

I give Mrs. Marlowe’s Mice five squeaking stars.


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