Reviews for Little Mouse Gets Ready
"With his first book for the very young, Smith, creator of the beloved and award-winning BONE graphic novels, adds another strong entry into TOON Books' fledgling series of hybrid comics/early readers. The big friendly panels in autumn pastels and the silly twist ending will have emergent readers going straight back to the first page over and over."
"Little Mouse Gets Ready is the perfect book for precocious 4-year-old readers."
"The hero is an arresting blend of cute and tough, and his evident glee and determination will bolster the confidence of those who do have to wear clothing."
"The TOON imprint, which already boasts an impressive lineup of respected comics artists, adds another heavy hitter with this offering by the much-beloved creator of the all-ages graphic adventure Bone...Smith's deceptively simple style is a terrific match for a young audience—one- or two-panel pages that are elegant, lighthearted, and touching all at once—and a knock-your-socks-off twist at the end will leave children giggling. As a dual treat, the subject matter encourages the empowering activity of dressing oneself at the same time that its medium helps build visual comprehension and reading confidence."
"A story with wit and visual charm to please all."
--The Chicago Tribune
"Smith hasn’t drawn anything this purely fun and cartoony since the early days of Bone, and this is the kind of book that comics-friendly parents won’t mind reading to their children any time they ask. And they should ask a lot…"
--The A.V. Club
"As TOON Books go, I know that every time I review one I say, 'This one's the best!' but I think Little Mouse Gets Ready actually is. If you haven't seen a TOON Book before, this is a good place to start. Cute and surreal all at once; my favorite combination."
--School Library Journal