Monday 27 December 2021

The Mice Go Bush

The Mice Go Bush by Donna Gibbs, illustrated by Lionel King (MoshPit Publishing) PB RRP ISBN 9781922703446

Reviewed by Kathleen Grace

This is a thin picture book about a family of mice who go camping in the bush. It’s told from the point of view of Lulu who is often in her parents’ bad books. The soft, appealing illustrations shows the family has a caravan and that they pitch three tents by a river.

The next day it’s the twins’ (Pierre and Gussie) – birthdays. However, there’s a problem: Mama Mouse has lost something and is crying. Lulu wonders what Mam could have lost. Then she remembers Mama locked a cupboard in the caravan and put the key in her pocket. It seems she has lost the key.

Armed with an umbrella, Lulu goes into the bush. There, despite the overwhelming chances against her, she discovers the key when she is tossed into ‘oozing, sludgy mud’ by a strong gust of wind. She also discovers Hopalong who had earlier turned up in her tent. Lulu has saved the day!

The final picture in this lightweight book shows the family around a campfire toasting marshmallows and one of the twins playing a saxophone.

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