Write a Review Wednesday: One Moose, Twenty Mice

Welcome to another ‘Write a Review Wednesday‘, a meme started by Tara Lazar as a way to show support to authors of kids literature. Last week I wrote a review on  Carin Berger‘s book OK GO. And looking back, most of the books I’ve talked about have been picture books. So this week I thought I’d shine some light on books for the baby crowd.


Clare Beaton’s One Moose, Twenty Mice (published by Barefoot Books) offers a delightful twist to common concept board books. Starting with one moose and ending with twenty mice, children will delight in counting the colourful felt animals found on single and double page spreads. Along with the delightful horses and ducks, each page includes large numbers making for a fun way to reinforce number recognition.

For added fun, a repetitive phrase entices children to look for and find the orange cat hiding within the illustration. Not to worry, the cat isn’t hard to find, usually peeking out from behind the number or reaching in from just off the page.

This book has been a favourite for my kids for various stages in their young lives. As infants, the sturdy board book pages and colourful pictures delighted them as an introduction to reading. As toddlers and preschoolers they enjoyed counting the animals over and over again. We’ve read this book so many times that the words out of my kids mouths after counting the animals: ‘but where’s the cat?‘  Then squeals of joy when the find the cat’s eyes peeking or his paw reaching or his tail swishing on the page.

But where's the cat?

But where's the cat?

You can add One Moose, Twenty Mice to your own personal libary by buying it on Amazon.ca. You can also follow Barefoot Books on twitter (@liveBarefoot)

So, what’s your kids favourite book?


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  1. […] of kids literature. Last week I wrote a review on Clare Beaton’s counting concept book One Moose, Twenty Mice. I love all sorts of picture books, but I especially love entertaining picture books from Canadian […]


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