Did you ever wish that your story-time friends would come to life? With this book, they can! Mouse visits a lot of places in this story. He gets to know elephants and snakes in Africa. Bunnies pull his sled in the South Pole. He even soars up to outer space in a spaceship! Easy instructions will show you how to make Mouse, his clothes, and all his friends. Play along with the story, starring your new fuzzy pals!
With two previous sewing books (Socks Appeal and Sock It to Me!) under her belt, Maloney is well-positioned to create a worthwhile book on sewing for kids. Her effort is as charming as can be, combining clear instructions and adorable patterns with a series of stories about the titular protagonist. The book begins with a winning and short overview of sewing skills: "My editors tell me that it's very important that I teach you the proper words for things," she writes. Then readers will learn how to make Mouse as well as a cast of other characters (snakes, penguins, aliens) who appear in a jungle, at the North Pole, and in space. While the instructions are shown in step-by-step photos, the projects still might require an adult's help. Maloney has cleverly designed projects that can be hand or machine-sewn, and that appear to be accessible to beginners. She notes at the beginning that the editors have allowed her to "write the books I always wanted to read." She's not alone; many other young sewists will want to read this one, too. Photographs, pattern pullouts.