Syd Hoff was born and raised in New York City. He studied at the National Academy of Design and sold his first cartoon to The New Yorker when he was eighteen. He eventually became one of the most original and beloved authors and illustrators of children's books. Mr. Hoff wrote more than fifty books for children, including the I Can Read titles Danny and the Dinosaur, Oliver, and Sammy the Seal.
K-Gr 2-- This is the usual Syd Hoff silliness that beginning readers love. Mrs. Brice cares for 25 mice. Twenty-four do all the same things, but the 25th one always does something different. If all are exercising, this little mouse sleeps. When they go for a walk, the others march in line, but he rides on Mrs. Brice's hat. When a cat interrupts the walk, it is this independent mouse who saves the day. Hoff's colorful illustrations enhance the story's humor. If Syd Hoff is popular with your patrons, add this one to your collection. --Elaine Lesh Morgan, Multnomah County Library, Portland, Oreg.