Friday, February 20, 2015

Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith

2015 is the Year of the Comic Book @ VBPL and I recently had the opportunity to hear Jeff Smith, author of the Bone series, talk about his career and his work with the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. I wondered what else Smith might have written and that's how I discovered Little Mouse Gets Ready. This deceptively simple story of getting dressed is an introduction to the conventions of comic books, building visual literacy.

Mama asks if Little Mouse is ready to go to the barn. As he puts on clothes, from tighty-whiteys with a hole for his tail to a shirt with challenging buttons, Little Mouse tells us about all the delights of a visit to the barn. Meanwhile he reviews dressing rules, like looking for the tag in his underpants, that will encourage and empower young listeners. The humor on each page builds to the surprise ending. This is definitely one of those books where the reader must, as Neil Gaiman says, "Do the voices."  

Little Mouse Gets Ready was a 2010 Geisel Honor book.  For different takes on animals in clothing, try Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London and Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems. 

 

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