When a little boy loses a mitten in the snow, a passing squirrel finds it's the perfect place to warm his icy toes. So he sqe-e-e-e-zes inside. But he's not the only animal with that idea. How many animals can fit inside a little boy's mitten?
Booklist Starred Review - Twenty years after the publication of Jan Brett's now-classic version of The Mitten (1989) comes this similarly charming retelling of the Ukrainian folktale from two veteran collaborators. As in titles such as The Tale of Tricky Fox (2001) and Goldilocks and the Three Bears (2003), Aylesworth and McClintock's styles marry well here, creating a perfectly paced read-aloud with an old-fashioned feel. While playing in the snow, a young boy loses a mitten made by his grandmother. At home, his grandmother consoles him with cocoa and a promise to look for the missing mitt in the morning. Overnight, a line-up of woodland creatures finds the warm, woolen treasure and burrows in, stretching the knit until even a giant bear fits inside. It's the addition of a tiny mouse, though, that eventually causes the seams to burst, leaving only a pile of yarn pieces for the boy and his grandmother to discover. In lines filled with repetition and rhythm, Aylesworth expertly builds the humor and suspense, while McClintock's illustrations, inspired by both 1960s comics and nineteenth-century illustration, capture the story's absurdity in action-filled images of the animals, each an expressive character, struggling to squeeze into the ever-expanding mitten, right up to its final explosion. A satisfying blend of cozy comforts and slapstick farce, this will be a top choice for winter story hours.