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A good home for Max
Terada, Junzō, 1961- author, illustrator.
Uniform Title:
Tabi no zakkaya. English
Publication Information:
San Francisco, California : Chronicle Books LLC, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Tabi, the little mouse who lives in the general store and cares for the toys, wants his friend Max, the blue dog, to find a good home.
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J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
J PIC BOOK Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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In a little shop in a little town, lives a little mouse named Tabi. Each night Tabi tidies the shop, puts out new merchandise, and plays with his animal friends. But when, day after day, Tabi's best friend Max the Dog doesn't find a good home, Tabi realizes he has a bigger job to do. In this sweet, heartwarming picture book, celebrated artist Junzo Terada reminds us all that there's no place like home.

Author Notes

Junzo Terada is a celebrated designer, illustrator, and fine artist based in Osaka, Japan.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Tabi the mouse, night-manager of L'epicerie de Tabi, takes good care of everything in the store lait, pomme, jouet but especially his friends, the stuffed animals. Tabi keeps tabs on them, happy when he discovers that one or another has been taken home for a child to love. Only Max the dog is left behind day after day. Rich with patterns, the art resembles linocut prints in warm tones on kraft paper. And while children will enjoy poring over the store finds, the focus is always solidly on Tabi and Max. Tabi loves his serious companion but selflessly tries to help him. To increase his appeal, Tabi dresses Max up for the seasons and even gives Max a cap similar to his. One night, Max is missing! After a frantic search, Tabi finds him smiling from a window across the street, where the friends can continue their nightly visits. This magical tale about the transformative power of friendship, love, and finding home is heartwarming and reassuring.--McDermott, Jeanne Copyright 2010 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1-Tabi, a mouse, lives in a shop. At night, he cleans the shelves and arranges the toys so people can find them. He is concerned that Max the Dog has never found a home, so he tries everything he can think of to make customers notice him. Terada brings a unique quality to his illustrations. Each page looks as if the artwork has been designed on brown paper bags. The yellowish-brown hue gives the story an old-fashioned feel. Items displayed on the shelves are labeled in French (lait for the bottles of milk or confiture marmalade for jam). However, this book has been translated from Japanese, and the conclusion is confusing. It is not clear just how Max found a home, but he is smiling on the final page. Pass on this friendship title. There is a slim chance for rereadings.-Blair Christolon, Prince William Public Library System, Manassas, VA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.