By Beverly Donofrio, Illustrated by Barbara McClintock
Schwartz & Wade Books, $17.99, 32 pages
Author Beverly Donofrio and illustrator Barbara McClintock first delighted young readers with Mary and the Mouse, the Mouse and Mary. Young readers will enjoy the second installment, Where’s Mommy?, because it captures its own unique and endearing tale of friendship.
“If Maria’s parents knew there were mice in the house, they’d get a cat.”
A whimsical narrative follows the next generation with Maria and Mouse Mouse, daughters of Mary and Mouse, who share more in common than they could imagine. When neither Maria nor Mouse Mouse is able to find their respective mothers, a quest leads readers in and out of the house with curious details aplenty. McClintock’s illustrations beautifully portray the parallel homes above and below ground, while Donofrio’s clear and clever narrative leads readers on a mysterious trail in search of their families.
Where’s Mommy? is an imaginative story about long-lasting friendships, shared family time, and enjoying simple pleasures. With a captivating storyline and detailed illustrations to accent the narrative, Donofrio and McClintock are sure to entertain.
Reviewed by Lori A. May