Reviews for Town Mouse Country Mouse
Horn Book Guide Reviews 1995
Detailed pen-and-ink drawings with watercolor washes give a nineteenth-century flavor to the familiar fable. In this expanded version, the town sophisticate is horrified by an owl, a cow, and other rural dangers, and his country cousin is equally petrified by a mousetrap and the family cat. On every other page, a cutout circle to peek through provides only minimal appeal. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews
Publishers Weekly Reviews 1995 March #4
Jones's charmingly illustrated, engagingly straightforward work retells the beloved Aesop fable about two mice who discover that indeed ``there's no place like home.'' As in her earlier peep-hole books, two-inch openings in the center of alternate pages offer tantalizing glimpses of things to come and provide cheery ``backward glances'' at the malcontent mice. With the finely wielded lines of her elaborate pen-and-watercolor art (somewhat reminiscent of John O'Brien's work, though less stylized), Jones opts for a warmer and lighter take on the tale than the cool-toned opulence found in Jan Brett's 1994 rendition. The full-bleed pictures are jammed with amusing details, beginning with a cozily crowded Town Mousehole into which peers a hopeful kitty (while a sign by the lair's exit warns, ``Look left Look right Every night''). Ages 4-8. (Mar.) Copyright 1995 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal Reviews 1995 June
PreS-Gr 2?This well-loved fable benefits from this low-key retelling. Jones enlarges upon the friendship between the two cousins and the myriad dangers that await each mouse when he sets foot on unfamiliar ground. She repeatedly reinforces the moral of the story and concludes with the familiar ``There's no place like home.'' Like several of Jones's earlier picture books, this one features die-cut holes on every other page that give readers a hint of the illustration to come. This clever design doesn't work quite as well as it did in Old MacDonald Had a Farm (1989) and This Old Man (1990, both Houghton), but it does allow for plenty of interaction when sharing the book with young children. The full-page pictures are fairly realistic in style and appear to be drawn in pen-and-ink with watercolor washes. The palette emphasizes muted earth tones for the Country Mouse section and a jazzier color scheme for the Town Mouse. While there are other memorable versions of this fable, most notably Janet Stevens's humorous The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse (Holiday, 1987) and Jan Brett's richly detailed Town Mouse, Country Mouse (Putnam, 1994), this rendition deserves a place on library shelves.?Denise Anton Wright, Illinois State University, Normal