CM . . . . Volume XVIII Number 30 . . . . April 6, 2012
Millie is no ordinary mouse. In fact, she's as big as a house. The same can be said for her appetite. With Millie's hunger growing by the second, she enlists Sara and Paul to help her make a chicken potpie. However, the twins soon begin to question Millie's cooking abilities when she puts just about everything within reach into her dish except chicken.
Freddi French's use of alternating rhyming couplets makes Millie the Mouth incredibly fun to read. However, there are times when the pattern is inconsistent. Younger readers may find it difficult to maintain the pace, which is of the utmost importance to the reading experience. Readers will also recognize the striking similarities to Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat. Although the plot parallels the Seuss classic in structure, it must be noted that French's characterization of Millie is vastly different. Unlike The Cat in the Hat, Millie is not out to make trouble but simply to satisfy her hunger. Millie the Mouth is an entertaining read that will be enjoyed by both children and parents.
A resident of Mississauga, ON, Inderjit Deogun is currently pursuing a career in publishing with a particular interest in children's literature.
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