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Mouse at night
Hall, Nancy Christensen.
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New York : Orchard Books, 2000.
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1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
While Miss Bumbly sleeps, Mouse enjoys watching TV, cooking, and generally having the run of her house--until it is time to make breakfast and return to his mousehole.
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PIC. BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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Miss Bumbly doesn't realize she has a mouse in her house, especially one that likes to watch TV. When Mouse discovers the "Cooking with Clara" show, he is off and running -- squeezing orange juice and whipping up pancakes -- making a surprise breakfast for Miss Bumbly, complete with flowers for the table.

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Booklist Review

Ages 2^-5. "Everything might look quite normal in Miss Bumbly's house, but late at night, when the moon is full, things aren't ordinary at all." This almost wordless picture book features a bright blue mouse who creeps out of a hole at night to have a little fun, then delightfully surprises readers by doing a good deed. Yes, the mouse does channel surf for awhile, takes an aerobics class, and watches a cooking show. But, this mouse also makes a lovely breakfast for Miss Bumbly, picks her some flowers and arranges them beautifully, and cleans up, all before escaping into its hole with a snack, sight unseen. Erdogan's acrylic paintings use brilliant colors and are easy to see from a distance, making this a good choice for story times, but they also reveal enough detail to keep the youngest reader turning pages, absorbed in the mouse's antics. --Kathy Broderick

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-A cozy tale of the nocturnal adventures of a charming, bright blue mouse that cohabits the cottage of sturdy, comfortably frumpy Miss Bumbly. As the woman sleeps, the mouse takes over. By commandeering the TV remote control, it revels in late-night aerobics, cartoons, and cooking lessons. Inspired by the latter, the enterprising rodent sets to work in the kitchen and whips up a breakfast complete with fresh-squeezed orange juice and a lovely fresh-picked floral arrangement. The conscientious creature even engages in a feverish clean-up when Miss Bumbly's alarm rings at eight a.m. Wrapped in a snuggly purple bathrobe and pink, fuzzy bunny slippers, she descends the stairs to find no trace of our hero except a table set for a splendid breakfast. Somehow Miss Bumbly seems pleased, but not quite surprised, as she says "Is it breakfast time already?" The text is minimal, and most of the action is depicted in wordless pictures that present the red-jacketed mouse front and center. Erdogan's vibrant acrylic-on-canvas paintings rate top billing-the feisty blue mouse is an original and zesty creation in a style that contains hints of the famous animators of Eastern Europe. Readers will look for more tales about this delightful little hero.-Sue Sherif, Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library, AK (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.