Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse
Leo Lionni (1969), Pantheon
Alexander is a lonely little mouse who is constantly batted away by the people around him – they do not want him in their house, even if all he wants are tiny crumbs of food. Then one day, Alexander meets a wind-up mouse, Willy, who is given special treatment because he’s one of Annie’s toys. Willy helps Alexander meet a magic lizard who can change Alexander into a wind-up mouse like he is. However, when Willy is set to be thrown away to make room for more toys, Alexander uses his chance with the magic lizard to turn Willy into a regular mouse instead.