I was just finishing up my PAL Winner’s review of a delightful new book by Susan Hood and Janice Nadeau, “The Tooth Mouse,” when I got a call from Gillian Neff from News12 Connecticut with an idea for a 12 on Health segment for the evening news. She wanted to know what I thought about an interview on summer reading and getting ready for school. I was so excited about “The Tooth Mouse” and all the literacy learning in it that I couldn’t wait to share. She asked me if I could round up some kids to read to so I got on the phone and tracked down my neighbor and her three darling girls. They were out doing errands but would he at my house in an hour. (we never get much advance notice which is part of the fun of this!)

The girls, ages 7, 5, and 3 were drawn right into the delightful tale of the French Tooth Mouse–who is like our Tooth Fairy–who has grown old and is looking for a successor. The fanciful, intricate drawings complement this beautiful story of a little mouse who can be the wisest of the bunch. Here is my full review.


I also read portions from Susan Hood’s two other picture books currently being released which are wonderful read-alouds too for parents or teachers to delight little soon-to-be readers.

“Spike the Mixed-Up Monster” about friendship over fear, with a special non-fiction section at the back of the book to learn about Spike and his friends in their habitats.

“Just Say BOO!” a kind, Halloween story with lots of audience participation.