In 2012, The Word On The Street is excited have the lovely 5-year-old Sienna reading and reviewing some of the titles being featured on our KidStreet stages at this year’s Festival! To learn more about Sienna, click here to read her first blog post.
Today, Sienna is reviewing Miss Mousie’s Blind Date by Tim Beiser. This book is about Miss Mousie and her search for true love. As soon as Miss Mousie’s eyes alight on handsome Matt LaBatt, the water rat, she can think of nothing but how to catch his attention. Should she try to speak, bat her eyelashes, drop her hankie? In front of Mole, the deli-owner, the water rat breaks the spell by insulting Miss Mousie, who retreats to her burrow and hides in shame. When Mousie receives an anonymous dinner invitation, she decides to accept it. But how to dress so her mystery date will like what he sees? In this charming timeless tale, author Tim Beiser shows the reader that love truly lies in the eye of the beholder.
Q & A with Sienna:
In your own words, what is this book about?
Miss Mousie is in a deli, she likes a Water Rat, but he calls her fat which makes her very, very sad. But, she gets a mystery date in her mailbox. She wants to go in disguise because she’s afraid the mystery date will make fun of her. She falls on her way and she gets all messy and her hat falls off. But she goes anyway. She recognized her mystery date as the Mole who owns the deli. He was wearing a costume too because he thought she wouldn’t like him either for who he was! I think they’re going to marry each other.
What do you like about this book?
I think it’s funny and I like that they find each other.
What is your favourite part of the story?
My favourite part is when the mole says at the end “If you’ll be you, I’ll be me.” The mole is on his knee and the mouse looks very happy. I like that the mole wears a funny disguise and bumps into the buffet because he’s not wearing his glasses.
What do you like about the illustrations?
The mouses’s face is really cute, and I remembered some of the characters from another book like the frog Bradley McGogg.
Why should kids read this book?
Kids should read it because it’s a little bit sad but mostly happy. It’s important to be yourself and know that people will always like you even if they’re fat or wear glasses like the mouse and mole did.
If you could ask a question of the author or illustrator, what would it be?
Why does he use made up French? That was funny. And why are the rat’s teeth so yellow? Eewww.
Another great review Sienna! Tim Beiser will be reading in the Children’s Reading Tent at 4:30. Sienna will be reviewing more books that are featured in KidStreet this year, so make sure to keep checking back!