Review sponsored by Sarah Cash
The Children’s Book Review | July 10, 2017
Written by Sarah Cash
Illustrated by Jason Smith
Paperback: 20 pages
Age Range: 4 – 7
Publisher: Mountain Arbor Press (2017)
What to expect: Mice, a lesson in kindness
Squeaky and the Stinky Mouse is a picture book for beginning readers that chronicles the important lessons a mouse learns about being kind and helping others. This book is the first title in the Squeaky Tales series and is written by a sister-brother duo.
Late one night, Squeaky goes foraging for food. There is always plenty of food to be found. He collects some of his favorites—bread, graham crackers, and broccoli—and takes it back to his hole to eat. One morning, a very hungry “stinky mouse” knocks on his door and asks for help. Squeaky turns away the mouse on account of its bad smell. Later on, when Squeaky gets into trouble with a mousetrap, the stinky mouse is the only one around to help. But will he help after Squeaky treated him so poorly?
The text and story are unpretentious and easy to follow. The message of the book and the author’s intent can be best summarized through this quote:
“When I was little, my mama told me to always help whenever I can, because one day I might need help, too.”
There are simple digital illustrations on every page that add color to the story and describe the text visually for those that are not yet reading independently.
Caregivers seeking a story that delivers a clear and concise message on being helpful could use Squeaky and the Stinky Mouse for a read-aloud; and independent readers seeking a short story that may introduce them to some longer words, and also offers pictures, could enjoy this tale, too.
Available Here: https://www.squeakytales.com
About the Author and Illustrator
Sarah Cash and Jason Smith are sister and brother who were born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.
Sarah still resides in Atlanta with her husband, Bedford, their two daughters, Camryn and Danielle, and their two sons, Bedford III and Aaron. When she was growing up, Sarah’s favorite books featured animal characters, which inspired her to write her own animal stories as an adult.
Jason recently returned from Japan, where he taught English for ten years to students of all ages. He now lives in Ohio where he teaches English to international students at the university and high school level. He has been drawing pictures since he was a young child and is excited to publish his art in a children’s book series.
Squeaky and the Stinky Mouse is their first published book, and they are currently working on the next book in the Squeaky Tales series. For more information, visit www.squeakytales.com.
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