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Hide and Squeak    by Heather Vogel Frederick & C. F. Payne order for
Hide and Squeak
by Heather Vogel Frederick
Order:  USA  Can
Simon & Schuster, 2011 (2011)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

'Mouse baby, mouse baby, where can you be? I can't see you, Can you see me? It's time for bed. It's time for sleep. No more time for hide-and-squeak.'

This is Daddy Mouse's call as this adorable picture book for preschoolers begins. Mouse Baby is not ready for bed, though, and the ensuing pages show him hiding in the ivy and behind flowers in the garden. Then he dashes into the house and scurries up a lamp.

The rhymed text follows the mouse as he tries to avoid his father and postpone the inevitable bedtime! With a quick grab, Daddy Mouse has the runaway's tail and the little mouse finds himself nestling in his parent's arms. Now it is time for a kiss, a hug and a tuck in between the covers: 'It's time for bed. It's time for sleep. It's time for an end To hide-and-squeak.'

The perfect bedtime book for your little mouse, this fun story with its captivating illustrations will quickly become an evening favorite when it comes to selecting a read aloud title.

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