Picks and Pans Review: New for Children

updated 11/21/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/21/1988 AT 01:00 AM EST

>ANOTHER MOUSE TO FEED Mr. and Mrs. Mouse and their 31 children are struggling as it is. Then a foundling appears on their doorstep. Mr. Mouse, working three jobs, and his wife, a roller-skating instructor, are distraught. But the kids rise to the occasion, going to work—washing cars, cleaning houses, delivering pizza—to save the family. Robert Kraus wrote the tidy story; Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey provided the clean drawings of a world where the mice are blue and green and brim with spirit. An audio cassette is included. (Simon and Schuster)

FRANK AND ERNEST "Hey, Frank, burn one, take it through the garden and pin a rose on it," says the counterman to the cook at Sally's Diner. That's dinerese for a hamburger with lettuce, tomato and onion—and this book's language is such fun you hardly notice it's being spoken by an elephant and a bear. They're the stars of Alexandra Day's tale, whose glossary suggests anyone who orders hash should be ready to hear the waiter yell, "Sweep the kitchen!" (Scholastic)

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