Monday 11 July 2016

Little Mouse

Little Mouse written and illustrated by Riikka Jantti (Scribble) HB RRP $17.99 ISBN 9781925321487

Reviewed by Dianne Bates

The first word that came to my mind when I saw this child-sized book  was ‘sweet’. By a much published and translated Finnish author-illustrator, this is the first in a series of books about Little Mouse. With its water-coloured illustrations on every page, it’s about Little Mouse who’s a naughty chap, disobeying Mummy Mouse by refusing to get dressed and then, when the two go out, splashing in a puddle and generally being difficult. (What mum doesn’t know the scenario?)

At the childcare centre, Little Mouse plays with his friends but when it’s time to go home, again he’s a handful. At last, in his stroller, he goes with Mum into the greengrocers. At home he presents a problem when it’s time to get off the computer. He keeps on being naughty until finally he’s in bed. And that’s where the story ends.

This is an ideal book for a parent – mum in particular – to read aloud to her child. No doubt it will provide much scope for discussion. The pictures with their many details during Little Mouse’s day will reward much searching. The fact there is no dad in Little Mouse’s story is well worth discussing, too.

This is a warm and humorous book which is sure to grab the attention of parents and children alike. Recommended for ages 3+ years.

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