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Monday, September 21, 2015

Good Morning to ME! Written and illustrated by Lita Judge. Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Simon & Schuster. 2015. $19.99 ages 3 and up

"Look, there's Mouse.
Mouse is asleep.
I LOVE Mouse."

Beatrix tried to talk



When Beatrix is awake, so is everyone else! Mouse is the first to respond to her raucous voice. She thought she was speaking softly, but not really! Mouse is jolted awake; it's easy to see when you look at his terrified eyes and his sky-reaching arms. Beatrix will to try to be good - she promises. It's just that she really doesn't know how to do that.

Mouse is more animated when the parrot will prove her love for Kitty by waking her up with the same news. It is a rude awakening again,  and Kitty is none too pleased. Beatrix leads a merry chase through the house, until finally caught and begging Mouse for assistance. Of course, Mouse complies. Now, the two are at Kitty's mercy until basset hound Gracie arrives, with her long floppy ears and happy disposition. Another chase leads to disaster for Beatrix and Mouse, while Gracie is off to breakfast to prevent being blamed. Beatrix reassures Mouse, heads off to check on Goldfish, and finds herself in a heap of trouble. It's Gracie to the rescue! What next?

Funny, friendly and full of a variety in a design that begs young readers to slow down and take a careful look at the action on each of its pages. The characters are divine, the action full-out, the watercolor and pencil illustrations endearing, to say the least!
It's obvious
 that Lita's parrot Beatrix is pleased to be the star in her own book!

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