Mouse Paint

If you have been searching for a story about three visually unimpaired mice who enjoy playing with paint, have I got a book for you.

*The combination of words and pictures makes learning the color spectrum a breeze
*Having the mice wash themselves off in the cat bowl is pretty funny
*The repetition of color mixing in the second "act" is smart for young learners

*As much as you want to believe that white mice could hide from a cat on a white piece of paper, it's not plausible when the cat is three inches away from them
*Another complaint I had with the illustration scaling had to do with my desire to see the entire piece of paper, as opposed to tiny isolated pieces that had only the color being described
*Maybe it's just my copy, but the binding naturally causes you to open to the second fold; and this page is worded in such a way that you might not know you missed anything on the first two pages

Look.  I get that children's books usually center around one theme and don't often have the ability to delve into a lot of detail.  And, sure, this is especially true with board books.  But I am starting to notice a trend here that the kiddie book writers of America might want to file away for future projects.  As a parent, I enjoy it when a story has a beginning, middle, and end.  Unlike some of my earlier posts, the main issue here is on the first page (although the end is awful weak, too).  Random.  Even if you brush this aside, the book just isn't that great.  If I had to pick a color to describe it, I'd go with mauve.

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