Fastidious Mouse has one idea about how to tell a story. Free-spirited Frog has another. What happens when Frog crashes into Mouse's story with some wild ideas? Chaos! ...followed by the discovery that working together means being willing to compromise—and that listening to one another can lead to the most beautiful stories of all.
Deborah Freedman has crafted another subtle, clever book-about-books that's also a delightfully entertaining story featuring adorable characters who will win readers' hearts.
BY MOUSE & FROG, Viking Children's Books, 2015
★ "With metafiction crowding picture-book shelves these days, each new piece needs to earn its place, and this one does... An elegant, exuberant portrayal of stylistic differences and child-writer passion."
– Kirkus Reviews, starred review
★ "Wearing its metafictionality lightly and told largely through dialogue that begs for performance, Freedman’s story speaks to power of creative passion and the rewards of playing well with others."
– Publishers Weekly, starred review
★ "The text, which neatly avoids committing to the gender of either of the friends, is almost entirely dialogue, and it’s a treat to read aloud... This is an endearing take on the complementary-friends story."
– The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
"Freedman ventures into the realm of metafiction once again with this whimsical friendship tale... delicate watercolor, gouache, pastel, and pencil illustrations delight with gentle humor."
– School Library Journal
"Fans... will delight in her innovative new title... Freedman brings humor, energy and charm to her characters, making their predicament and their creative efforts feel real."
“Deborah Freedman’s artistic blend of humor and visual ingenuity make this a wonderful book to read aloud.” — Literacy Daily