Barbara Bottner is the author of many favorites for young readers, including Rosa's Room, illustrated by Beth Spiegel; the ever-popular Bootsie Barker Bites, illustrated by Peggy Rathmann; and Bootsie Barker Ballerina, also an I Can Read Book, illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Together with her husband, Gerald Kruglik, Ms. Bottner has authored the award-winning picture book Wallace's Lists, illustrated by Olof Landstroem, and the I Can Read Book Pish and Posh, which she illustrated. Olof Landstrom is the illustrator of many internationally successful books for children, including the Boo and Baa and Will series with Lena Landstrom, and Benny's Had Enough and Benny and the Binky by Barbro Lindgren. He lives in Sweden. Gerald Kruglik is the coauthor of Pish and Posh and Wallace's List. The author lives in Florida.
PreS-Gr 2-Wallace the mouse makes lists--of everything. One day, his daily to-do list includes watering his plants and taking a walk. When he notices his new neighbor, Albert, he wants to say hello but can't because it's not on his list. Albert challenges Wallace to listen to the music of life and be adventurous. The picture book (Katherine Tegen Books, 2004) by Barbara Bottner and Gerald Kruglik is an endearing story of friendship and risk-taking. The colorful artwork by Olof Landstrom places the small mice in the human-sized world. They are shown riding on a luggage carousel at the airport, waiting at human foot level for a bus, and climbing to the top of a skyscraper. The art is animated and unobtrusive music plays in the background. A DVD option provides a read-along script at the bottom of the screen, with the word being read highlighted. This film can be shown for pure enjoyment or to generate discussions about friendship, fears, conflict resolution, and more.-Marilyn Hersh, Hillside Elementary School, Farmington Hills, MI Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
"With its positive message...this picture book is a
winner."--School Library Journal (starred
"The book might dare readers to discover something new about themselves, too."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"This one goes on the recommended list."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)