Once Upon a Twice by Denise Doyen. il Barry Moser.
Random House: NY, 2009.

The young mouse Jam breaks the rules and so does the language in this warning against mousey spontaneity. There is much playing with words, sound and meaning, and reforming words in this rhyming verse. It isn't all play. Jam is moonstruck and exploring the lustrous night. He becomes an obstacle, is warned about the moon's tendency to entrance, runs off on his own, and is stalked.

Moser's dark world is one begging to be explored by an observant mouse. Moonlight shimmers, brilliant white flowers are irresistible, and predators are barely visible.

I tend to enjoy Moser's art, but I'd have to say in this book the language is the best part. There is some playful nonsense, but most of the word twisting has meaning. Enjoy the sound and texture, and then go back and read more slowly to appreciate the double and twisted meanings.

related-mice, animals, children's poems and poetry, nonsense verse, stories in rhyme, conduct of life, liveliness, cautionary tale
RL=2nd-4th, read aloud to toddlers-2nd, use as example for writing poetry

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