Lilly loves school. She loves the pointy pencils. She loves the squeaky chalk. Most of all, she loves her teacher, Mr Singer. Lilly the irrepressible mouse-child wants to wow Mr Singer, so she brings her treasures to school - with hilarious and disastrous results!Lilly loves school. She loves the pointy pencils. She loves the squeaky chalk. Most of all, she loves her teacher, Mr Singer. Lilly the irrepressible mouse-child wants to wow Mr Singer, so she brings her treasures to school - with hilarious and disastrous results!Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 1996-06-10 Lilly the mouse idolizes her teacher Mr. Slinger, but when she comes to school flaunting three jingly quarters, movie-star glasses and a purple plastic purse "that played a jaunty tune when it was opened," she interrupts Mr. Slinger's lessons on "Types of Cheese" and words that rhyme with "mice." After one too many disruptions, he confiscates the purse until the day's end. Lilly, humiliated, takes revenge by slipping a mean drawing into Mr. Slinger's book bagĉonly to open her purse and find a conciliatory note from her hero. Caldecott honoree Henkes (Owen) understands Lilly's enthusiasm for her prize possessions, but astutely shows that Lilly goes too far when she acts up in class ("She's in trouble," whispers a classmate in a voice-bubble aside). The perfectionistic watercolor-and-ink illustrations, in vignettes and panels, are as sharp as the narration. Henkes communicates Lilly's emotions through her eyes, so that when she goes from "sad" to "furious," her eyebrows shift from U-shaped dips to hard slants; he also enlivens his scenes with tiny details, like Mr. Slinger's copy of Stuart Little. The author/artist offers useful, timeless advice for apologizing to a friend and resolving a conflict. A sympathetic and wise treatment. Ages 4-up. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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