Children's Picture Book.  64 pages
Freddi French is a great admirer of Dr Seuss. His son had all but
memorized the
Cat books by the age of two. The next three years were
filled with the
Lorax, the Grinch and Horton, but when his son turned five,
Freddi wanted a new book to read to him. Specifically, he wanted a new Dr
Seuss book, but that was impossible... unless he wrote it himself. And that
is how
Millie the Mouth was born: as a homage to Dr Seuss. Both the
language and the pictures in
Millie amply demonstrate where he found his
inspiration. However, he wanted to do more than just imitate. Accordingly,
Millie is very different from the Cat. Nothing Millie does is bad. She has
fun with the kids instead of at their expense. When she leaves, you want her
to come back. You aren’t afraid that she might
do just that. This is never
more evident than in the song that Freddi wrote for Millie. Millie genuinely
wants the kids to enjoy themselves. And that is exactly what they do.
“French’s charming tale has an exuberance and wit that should delight any
child. The big, brassy, enthusiastic personality of Millie will jump off the
page; some readers will take to Millie as a much beloved partner in crime
when she urges the twins not to tell their mother about dinner since “she’ll
spoil the fun.” French’s simple but enchanting and expressive illustrations
display the mischievous Millie in a variety of moods and poses. Lively and
active, the drawings depict the entire story for children who can’t read,
culminating in a humorous climax.

“A delightful children’s tale with an engaging, larger-than-life lead

Kirkus Reviews