Carlo the Mouse, Book 4:Rules Are For A Reason

Children - Adventure
42 Pages
Reviewed on 04/22/2018
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Author Biography

Olga D’Agostino (known as Mrs. D.) is an award-winning children’s author (recipient of multiple Mom’s Choice Awards, Beverly Hills Book Awards, and International Readers’ Favorite Awards). She lived and worked in Lviv, a cultural center in western Ukraine, before immigrating to the United States in 1992. In 2012 she published her first children’s book, and since then she’s pursued a career as a writer, focusing on writing children’s books that have meaning and provide valuable lessons. She speaks many languages, loves reading, writing, gardening, and traveling. Her award-winning illustrated children’s books include The Trees Have Hearts, Good Morning, World!, The City Kittens and the Old House Cat, Runaway Clothes, and The Royal Palm. She lives in Smithville, NJ, with her husband, Patrick. They have four children and four grandchildren.

Published children's books by Mrs. D. include The Trees Have Hearts, The City Kittens and the Old House Cat, Good Morning, World!, Runaway Clothes, Runaway Clothes: Coloring and Activity Book for Kids, The Royal Palm, The Little Girl Praying on the Hill, The Mysterious Life Inside a Closet, That Is How Things Are, Baby from the Moon, three rhyming stories in Who Is Most Important in the Fridge?, and Who Is Most Important in the Fridge: Coloring Book for Kids, and Carlo the Mouse, Book 1: Too Many Rules for One Little Mouse, Carlo the Mouse, Book 2:Now We're Talking!, and Carlo the Mouse, Book 3:What's Going On?.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite

Rules Are For A Reason is the fourth book in the Carlo The Mouse series, written by Mrs. D. and illustrated by Chanoa. Against his parents’ wishes, Carlo the Mouse sneaks through the halls of the hospital where he lives. The head chef of the hospital makes such delicious food that Carlo desperately wants to become his friend, but the head chef only wants to swat Carlo with his spatula. After sneaking into the rooms of various patients in the hospital to steal their scraps, Carlo becomes quite ill. As his parents question his movements, Carlo realizes that the last room he visited had housed a patient with an infectious disease. It finally dawns on Carlo as to why it is so important to follow his parents’ rules.

I loved this beautifully illustrated and unusual story by Mrs. D. about why it is so vitally important for people to follow rules which they are given. Whether in childhood or in everyday life, there is always a consequence for each and every action we decide on. Although stealing food from humans is something mice are quite famous for, it is not until Carlo has snuck into the room of a patient who is carrying an illness which can be transmitted to others that disaster strikes. Contagious diseases are never fun and are usually contracted unexpectedly, especially when the illness is transmitted just by breathing the same air or accidentally touching someone. When we are given rules to follow, it is so that the consequences of our actions will not be bad. Children around the world would definitely learn a valuable lesson in reading Rules Are For a Reason, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to be read by (or to) young readers aged 4-12, so that they can see that rules and common sense are vital if you wish to live a long and healthy life.