Eeeek, Mouse! by Lydia Monks
|Eeeek, Mouse! by Lydia Monks|
|Category: For Sharing|
|Reviewer: Keith Dudhnath|
|Summary: All the family members set about trying to catch, save or eat a mouse in the house. The interplay is hilarious and the illustrations fresh and exciting. Highly recommended for all young book fans.|
|Buy? Yes||Borrow? Yes|
|Pages: 32||Date: August 2009|
When mummy spots a mouse one morning, the household gets thrown into a tizz. Daddy sets about making a trap to catch it, whilst Minnie hopes that the sweet little mouse doesn't get caught. The cat also hopes that daddy doesn't catch the mouse, but because she wants to gobble it all up for herself.
Eeeek, Mouse! is great fun. Daddy's trap gets increasingly complicated, whilst Minnie works hard to work around it and save the mouse (and friends). The evil glint in the cat's eye is superb, and children will love spotting what she gets up to on every page. There's lots of comedy from each character trying to outdo another, and the sight of the cat with the toolbox end will make everyone laugh.
Lydia Monks' illustrations suit the fresh and vibrant text perfectly. They have a unique and modern style, which blends big, bold drawings, hints of collage, and intriguing use of text, to create a wonderful whole. There's plenty to pore over on every page, with all the mousey activity and Heath Robinson-esque traps. A couple of cut-out mouseholes allow the cat to peer through from one page to another, to the surprise and delight of the readers.
Eeeek, Mouse! will strike a chord with any young book fans who haven't yet progressed to reading themselves. The exciting vocabulary works perfectly when read aloud, but might prove a little challenging in places for those who are learning to read. That's not to suggest that it should have been dumbed down, just that it's definitely a book that benefits from sharing with grown-ups. Highly recommended.
My thanks to the publishers for sending it to Bookbag.
Wolf's Magnificent Master Plan by Melanie Williamson has an equally modern style, as well as interesting vocabulary and intriguing schemes. The subject matter in Peas! by Andy Cullen and Simon Rickerty is completely different, but they share a fresh and exciting sense of humour.
You can read more book reviews or buy Eeeek, Mouse! by Lydia Monks at Amazon.co.uk.
You can read more book reviews or buy Eeeek, Mouse! by Lydia Monks at Amazon.com.
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