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Publishers Weekly Review
Mice, a rottweiler, an arachnid and a few other assorted critters make sturdy reappearances in five board book versions of picture books. In Ellen Stoll Walsh's Mouse Paint, ``three white mice on a white piece of paper" enjoy a colorful romp, while in Walsh's Mouse Count a similar gaggle narrowly escapes being served for dinner (Harcourt/Red Wagon, $6 each, 28p, ages 1-3 ISBN 0-15-200265-0; -200266-9 Sept.). Yet another mouse searches the animal kingdom for companionshipand finds an unexpected respondentin Eric Carle's Do You Want to Be My Friend? (HarperFestival, $6.95, 32p, ages 2-6, ISBN 0-694-00709-9 Sept.). The rewards of industriousness are celebrated in a second Carle title, The Very Busy Spider; its embossed web brings a tactile dimension to his familiar collage artwork (Philomel, $9.95, 26p, ages 2-up ISBN 0-399-22919-1 Aug.). Finally, the canine in question is Alexandra Day's beloved Carl, who takes charge of a crew of toddlers in Carl Goes to Day Care (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, $5.95, ages 1-3 ISBN 0-374-31145-5 Sept.). (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Ages 3-5. Handsome and inventive illustrations tell a disarmingly simple story of a spider who diligently spins her web. Raised lines, for the spider's web, enables blind as well as sighted children to enjoy the story.
Horn Book Review
Carle's ingenious picture book featuring a spider who is too busy spinning her web to play with a variety of animals has been beautifully transformed into a smaller-format board book. The collages are as striking as ever, the repetitive phrases and onomatopoeic sounds as appealing, and the tactile experience of the growing web as rewarding. This is a worthy new edition of a classic book. From HORN BOOK 1995, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.