Smartly dressed mice give sage advice on all elements of proper pet care in this photographic picture book.
Who hasn’t yearned for the perfect pet? The mice in this book—hand-sewn and inhabiting enchanting, diorama-style scenes—know all about critter care, and they’re here to share wise words about choosing and keeping animal companions.
Whimsical images of the mice with their own petite pets, including bumblebees, ladybugs, and butterflies, complement the warm humor of this extraordinary picture book that’s truly like no other!
This ordinary pet book is transformed by Rudy's (The House That Mouse Built) beguiling handmade mice, which she poses and photographs in scenes made even more fetching with dozens of small props. That the pet-owners are small, pet-worthy mice is the source of many smiles. "Pick a pet that's fun to care for," Rudy advises, under a picture of a robin perched on a pencil eraser, its owner mouse holding a small pair of scissors to trim the bird's claws. "Keep it clean," she reminds readers as another mouse polishes the shell of its tortoise with Turtle Wax, of course. "And when your pet makes a mess," she continues, "clean up after it. Every time." A full spread shows a small mouse holding its nose as it dashes after a caterpillar who's leaving a trail of pellets behind. The layout is spare and elegant, and the typography clear and understated. With lots to look at on each page, readers have the chance to imagine what life would be like on an entirely different scale. Ages 4 8.