The sight of a little brown mouse wearing green high-tops is reason alone for buying this book.
Marshall Mouse lives with his parents, Mortimer and Mabel, and uncles Grant and David in the attic of a laundry room. His favorite thing to do is peer down into the house to see what he can see. What does he see–a pair of green high-tops! Even though mice don’t wear shoes, Marshall longs for his own pair of green high-tops- after all, no other mouse would have shoes like that! Day in and day out, that’s all Marshall thinks about. “If I only had those shoes. They would make me an even better shortstop and we could win all the games.” When Marshall’s birthday rolls around, he’s delighted to find the green high-top sneakers he had wanted for so long. The next morning, Marshall slips on his new kicks and heads off to play baseball with his friends. Marshall had always been one of the best players on the team, but instead of becoming a superstar, the shoes just get in the way and all Marshall does is fall flat on his face. Marshall had been so sure the shoes would make him special, but he learns one of the many lessons a mouse needs to learn: Mice don’t wear shoes!
This warm tale brought back memories of getting brand new sneakers for the school year. There was nothing better than slipping on a glistening white pair and parading around school in new kicks! It made me feel as though I could run faster, jump higher, and do anything. The underlying theme that we don’t need shoes or material things to make us special is a wonderful reminder in a day when we’re surrounded by commercials, and marketing efforts. As Marshall finds out, you must be careful what you wish for, because it might not be all it’s cracked up to be.
Lorena Pugh studied illustration at Pratt Institute in New York and has won many national awards for her animal paintings. The illustrations by Pugh are amazing and her attention to detail brings Marshall to life. The dust billows on the ball field, and the tears that well up in Marshall’s eyes glisten.
Lori Calabrese is a freelance magazine and children’s book writer. She’s a graduate of The Institute of Children’s Literature and a member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Lori also recently became the National Children’s Book Examiner and you can read more of her reviews here: http://www.examiner.com/x-7597-Childrens-Books-Examiner