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Reviewed by Lee Ashford for Readers' Favorite
Carlo the Mouse, Book 1: Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse by Mrs. D. is absolutely stunning in both its graphics and the lessons it teaches. Carlo is a baby mouse (mouselet?) who eats like a horse. He lives with his family inside the walls of a hospital, and virtually wears out his parents as they try to find Carlo enough food. Carlo not only eats a lot, but he has a vivid imagination, far above your average mouse mind, I’m sure. Carlo smells the different foods cooking in the hospital kitchen, and imagines travelling to all the various countries represented by the chef’s repertoire of recipes. On spaghetti night, he thinks about visiting Italy. On taco night, he imagines a trip to old Mexico. Don’t even get me started on the French food! Carlo just knows there is a big, beautiful world out there, and he wants to see it all… NOW!
Carlo the Mouse, Book 1: Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse is, obviously, Book 1 in a new series by the very talented Mrs. D. Several of the subsequent books are already well along in the publishing process, and it is abundantly clear this series is going to be a big hit. There isn’t a young child in the country – maybe in the whole world – who would not be totally captivated by the brilliant colors, the amusing illustrations, and the anxious little mouse who just wants to “get out there” and see the world. As well done as this book is, I strongly suspect Carlo WILL see much of the world from inside Kindles all over the planet, and from the windows of bookstores the world over. Mrs. D. has an innate gift for writing stories that appeal to children. Carlo and Mrs. D. have a great future ahead of them! I very much recommend this book and this series for all the little children you know. Christmas is coming, and Carlo is packed and ready to go! Mickey had better watch out... there's a new mouse in town!