Charles is a mouse of few words. He doesn t like to talk, and he s perfectly happy playing by himself. But his parents are not happy. It s time he played football or joined the ballet, says Charles s father. So off Charles goes to ballet class, where he curls up and pretends to be asleep. Football proves even less successful. Will anything bring Charles out of his shell? A nicely told fable as helpful for their parents as for shy children in need of respect. The New York Times Book Review Wells has a time-tested talent for taking a keenly felt emotion in this case shyness and exploring it in a manner that is reassuring to young listeners. Booklist "