Boo to you!

Lois Ehlert

Book - 2009

When the neighborhood cat tries to crash the mice's harvest party, the mice have a plan to scare the intruder away.

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Subjects
Genres
Stories in rhyme
Picture books
Published
New York : Beach Lane Books 2009.
Edition
1st ed
Language
English
Physical Description
unpaged : col. ill. ; 27 cm
ISBN
9781416986256
1416986251
Main Author
Lois Ehlert (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

"The cover image lets you know exactly what you're in for: a simple concept delivered by means of amazing multimedia collage work. Two mice are the narrators and lay out the situation: That scary cat's back. Boy, what a bummer! / Seeing that puss could spoil our summer. Regardless, the mice, along with some other animals, prepare for their harvest feast, complete with wild decorations. When the cat comes near, all the animals join together and use their art to make them look like a single, threatening animal, effectively frightening away the intruder. But the cat evidences no malice, and so when the mice say, Guess who's the creep we didn't invite? it feels a little mean-spirited, especially given that the cat looks a bit sad to be left out. That quibble aside, Ehlert's use of paper, fruit, seeds, and string is labyrinthine enough to have young children tracing their routes, and so vivid they'll want to touch the page to make sure it's not real. A visual glossary helpfully identifies the disparate collage materials." Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

With photographs of autumn vegetation joining handmade paper and twine, Ehlert's trademark collages take on an expressively organic flavor. Blue mice composed of torn fabric, fibrous limbs and seed pod tails are distressed about the return of a "scary cat," just in time to spoil their harvest party ("Guess who's the creep we didn't invite?"). Using vegetables, flowers and nuts, the clever mice devise a plan to scare the cat away and their efforts pay off on a foldout page. Endnotes offer a discussion about pumpkins and jack-o'-lanterns amid color photographs, as well as a spread showing off autumn plants and vegetables. Ages 3–7. (Aug.) [Page 56]. Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

PreS-Gr 2—The mice are having a harvest party in the garden and everyone is invited, except for the scary cat. He eats meat and makes the mice feel "edgy." Once the house lights are turned off and night closes in, the decorations start looking mighty spooky. Perhaps they're just scary enough to give that pesky cat a fright? Indeed, he ends up being a scaredy cat and the story concludes with the mice partying on. Ehlert uses her signature collage artwork to evoke the textures, shapes, and colors of autumn that pop against the red backgrounds, teal paper, and green vegetables. The art is more frenetic here than in some of her other work, but it suits the story perfectly. It's only natural that the garden would be a whirlwind of activity. The rhyme scheme works well, although there is one odd line: "Seeing that puss could spoil our summer." Yes, "summer" rhymes with the previous "bummer," but the action takes place in the fall. The end is enhanced by photos of various squashes, nuts, and fruits (all labeled) as well as a recipe for roasting pumpkin seeds. This title will please Ehlert's fans, and it is tailor-made for autumn-themed programs. Pair it with Anne Rockwell's Apples and Pumpkins (S & S, 1989) or Carin Berger's The Little Yellow Leaf (HarperCollins, 2008).—Laura Lutz, formerly at Queens Borough Public Library, NY [Page 74]. Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

With all the decorations in place and their costumes on, the excited mice look forward to their big Halloween bash, but when they find out Scary Cat has is trying to sneak into the party, the clever mice come up with a perfect plan to get rid of their uninvited guest.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

When the neighborhood cat tries to crash the mice's harvest party, the mice have a plan to scare the intruder away.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

The harvest garden is bursting with delicious vegetables, the pumpkins are decorated and lit, and the mice have their costumes ready. Everyone is looking forward to the annual Halloween-night feast. Scary Cat wasn’t invited to the party, but he seems to think he’s coming anyway. Time for a clever mouse-style surprise to outsmart that cat!

Review by Publisher Summary 4

The harvest garden is bursting with delicious vegetables, the pumpkins are decorated and lit, and the mice have their costumes ready. Everyone is looking forward to the annual Halloween-night feast. Scary Cat wasn't invited to the party, but he seems to think he's coming anyway. Time for a clever mouse-style surprise to outsmart that cat!