Asking for one more story before bed is the oldest trick in the book. And you fall for it every time.
Next up in your just-one-more-please reading rotation: The Green-Eyed Mouse and the Blue-Eyed Mouse, a playful new picture book by noted author and illustrator Bob Gill.
The sweet story centers around two timid mice, Noah and Rafaella, who meet each other for the first time by peering through a dark hole. Seeing only the other’s eyes, the mice guess that they belong to anything from an exotic animal to a snake to a traffic warden. Until, on the count of three, they face their fears and emerge to discover that they’re not so different after all.
The retro drawings, die-cut holes perfect for peeking, and clever color-coded text make it an instant classic that teaches one of life’s most important lessons: You can’t judge a book by its cover.
Available at Phaidon Store, 83 Wooster Street, between Broome and Spring Streets (212-925-1900 or phaidon.com), $15. Join Gill at Phaidon at noon on Sunday, November 7, for a reading and signing of the book.
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What: The Russian masterpiece has been beautifully staged for kids ages 6 and up.
Why: Enormous dancing puppets and magicial movements accompany the Little Orchestra Society.
When: Sat., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Where: Avery Fisher Hall, 10 Lincoln Center Plz., at 65th St. (212-875-5030). Tickets at 212-971-9500 or online at littleorchestra.org. Adults and children, $12-$45.
What: This interactive concert encourages kids to help make melodies.
Why: Make your own rain stick to use during the concert.
When: Sun., 11 a.m.; instrument-making workshop, 10:30 a.m.
Where: Players Theatre, 115 MacDougal St., b/t Bleecker & W. 3rd Sts. Tickets at 212-352-3101 or online at ovationtix.com. Adults and children, $25.
The Amazing Maize Maze
What: Get (happily) lost in this enormous cornstalk maze that features interactive games, scarecrows, and more.
Why: A trip to Queens that feels like you’re in the country.
When: Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Where: Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park (718-347-3276). Adults, $8; children 4-11, $5; 3 and under, free.
Photo: Courtesy of Phaidon Press
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