What's for Breakfast?
What's for Breakfast?
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Annotation: "Wake up!" says Rufus, a large and very hungry owl. "It's time to catch the fearsome mouse. I'm in a mood for a bowl of ... more
Genre: [Animal fiction]
Catalog Number: #168796
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-250-17648-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-250-17648-6
Dewey: E
LCCN: 2018931935
Dimensions: 24 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
Kirkus Reviews
When an owl stops to consider the words of a mouse, it changes his point of view and improves his swooping skills.Beware food that talks back! When Pip tries to swoop toward the base of the oak to scoop up a mouse for Rufus' mush breakfast, he falls on Theodore the mouse instead. "That was more falling than swooping," the rodent points out. It's the beginning of a rather lengthy (for one that occurs between someone who is supposed to be catching dinner and someone who is meant to be dinner) conversation (and perhaps friendship). Theodore has given flying a lot of thought, and he shows Pip where he should practice his swooping—above the tallest trees where it's windiest. Pip flies off with Theodore in his talons to test the hypothesis. Pip's swooping—and Theodore's ride—is glorious, the illustrations showing the two above gorgeous sunset scenery. At the end of the flight, though, Rufus' hooting brings the two back to reality and the problem at hand. Luckily, Theodore has a solution to that as well. Cazet's pictures have an old-fashioned aesthetic, but there is a somewhat jarring clash between the fairly realistic backgrounds and the cartoon characters. (Theodore's front stoop, a tidy arched doorway at the base of an old oak tree, is darling, though.)Pip's parting thought is a lesson for all: "Pip wondered what else someone as small as a mouse might know." It's delightfully elastic, too, for readers encouraged to think beyond the animal kingdom. (Picture book. 4-8)
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2 Rufus, a large barred owl, awakens Pip early one evening and demands that the younger, smaller owl capture "the fearsome mouse" as Rufus is hungry. And, anyway, Pip needs more practice with his swooping, which is not up to par. Though Pip doesn't feel like capturing the little rodent, he follows instructions and takes off. Theodore turns out to be not so fearsome after all. The mouse admires Pip's ability to fly and mentions how he believes Pip can improve his swooping technique while Theodore can experience being airborne. As the pair soar, the sky darkens, and readers are rewarded with pictures of the horizon striated with a pink, orange, yellow, blue, and purple sunset above the rolling countryside. Mixed-media artwork on watercolor paper is used to create detailed images that children will enjoy studying. The land below the owl and the mouse duo features many animals including sheep, a dog, a skunk, raccoons, chickens, ducks, and deer. What Pip gives Rufus to eat for breakfast will surprise readers but may lead to the beginning of a beautiful friendship. VERDICT A satisfying selection perfect for one-on-one and small group sharing. Maryann H. Owen, Oak Creek Public Library WI
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School Library Journal (11/1/18)
Reading Level: 2.0
Interest Level: K-3

"Wake up!" says Rufus, a large and very hungry owl. "It's time to catch the fearsome mouse. I'm in a mood for a bowl of mouse soup for breakfast." Pip, who's better at sleeping than swooping, leaps from the nest and lands right on top of that fearsome mouse whose name, he learns, is Theodore. Is it time for breakfast. . . . or friendship?Find out in this clever and classic picture book about two owls, a mouse, a banana, and an unlikely friendship.


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