Upon seeing a crown in the grass, a mouse puts it on his head, and when a bear walks by and asks if he's king, the mouse responds "Yes." In this tale for readers 4 to 8, the tiny monarch settles into his new role very comfortably—until a snake with a crown claims that she is queen. The other animals find crowns and decide they are kings, too, but when the bear can't find one, King Mouse makes a surprising decision. Reminiscent of The Wind in the Willows, Dena Seiferling's expressive illustrations place human-like animals in imaginative settings.
Author: Cary Fagan. Dena Seiferling, illus.