Charlie & Mouse Even Better

By Laurel Snyder • Illustrated by Emily Hughes

 The Third Book in the Geisel Award-Winning Series!

In Charlie & Mouse Even Better, the heartwarming follow-up to Laurel Snyder’s award-winning beginning chapter book Charlie & Mouse, the two brothers prepare to celebrate one very special birthday: their mom’s!

The story is told in four brief chapters, a format that offers encouragement and accomplishment to young readers just starting to read chapter books.

Pancakes – mom does her best to make turtle and dragon-shaped pancakes for Charlie and Mouse.

Shopping – The brothers help dad buy a gift for mom’s birthday: tape! “Everyone likes tape!”

Helping – Charlie and Mouse decorate for the birthday party with paper chains and snakes.

Surprise – The pair come up with a clever solution when the birthday cake burns: a very special shaped pancake.

Things don’t go exactly as planned . . . but with plenty of humor and heart, Charlie and Mouse prove that sometimes when things aren’t perfect, what they turn out to be is even better.

Praise for the Charlie & Mouse series:

Parents Magazine Best Book of the Year

Washington Post Best Book of the Year

⭐”A top-notch early reader, with words and art in perfect step.”—Kirkus Reviews

⭐”Filled to the brim with sincere, slice-of-life sibling moments.”—The Horn Book

"Sweet and funny." —The Wall Street Journal

"You can't get much sweeter than these two irresistible brothers

who make their own fun." —Common Sense Media

"Relatable and endearing with a touch of humor." —Imagination Soup

About the Creators

Laurel Snyder is the author of many books for children. She lives and writes in a small yellow house in Atlanta, Georgia, which she shares with her husband and two sons.

Emily Hughes is an illustrator (and sometimes writer) who lives in windy Brighton, England, while thinking fondly of her hometown in Hilo, Hawaii.

See below for cover images, interior spreads and a full PDF of the book.  To request a review copy or interview with the author, please contact Lara Starr at

Lara Starr Senior Publicist
Charlie & Mouse Even Better
By Laurel Snyder
Illustrated by Emily Hughes
May 2019
Ages 6 to 9
112 pages, Chronicle Books
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