This is the most charming cautionary tale I have ever read. A little girl has a nightly routine that is just "her way", meaning she'll wash, but not brush. She has a baby doll that accompanies her everywhere.
Then one night, with her hair so tangled, a mouse takes up residence in a particularly heaped spot. The girl doesn't mind, but slowly, more mice come to live in her knotted and muddled tresses.
This is where the lively story becomes quite animated.
The language is chatty and informative, slightly formal and polite, but that is its appeal. Reading this story is like listening to a particularly entertaining storyteller; in my opinion, the mark of good text.
The illustrations - now this is where the blend of text and picture give the story a life of its own. The mice are adorable and memorable. They mimic the personalities of favorite pets or cartoon characters, and do all kinds of peripheral things; play cards, watch a movie, set up a volleyball game.
Baby, the little girl's doll, is fun to watch as the story progresses. She copycats the emotions of the page very cutely.
Make time to read this book to one child or a group. Even little ones will enjoy the nonsense.