Little Mouse’s Big Book of Beasts – Emily Gravett

         Little Mouse’s Big Book of Beasts – Emily Gravett, Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, (9781481439299), c2013, 2016

Format: Hardcover

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review)  4

Genre:  Picture Book

What did you like about the book?  Little Mouse edits the author’s book of beasts to make it much less scary.  Using a paint set, origami, and ripped portions of the book, Little Mouse is able to tame the savage beasts which include a lion, shark, bear, wasp, crab, crocodile, rhinoceros and snake.  On the double page spread featuring the lion: “The lion is a mighty king/He’s sharp of tooth/And sharp of claw, Fleet of foot/And loud of…” Little Mouse has torn out the word “ROAR” and used it as a word bubble for himself.  He editorializes “I do NOT like LOUD lions.”  The illustration shows the lion with black tape reading “SHHHHHH” across its open mouth, blue, red and yellow hair added to its mane and  a picture of “pretty mittens” taped cross its claws.  On each subsequent page, Little Mouse uses art to subdue the beasts. On the final page Little Mouse has taped the ripped off scary parts of the animals onto a large picture of a mouse to completely overcome his fears.  This is a fun story that has lots of details for readers to discover.

Anything you didn’t like about it?  The many flaps may not hold up to library use.

To whom would you recommend this book?  Fans of Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears will be glad to see another book starring the clever mouse.  A good choice to share with children trying to overcome fears.

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and elementary school libraries

Where would you shelve it? Picture Books

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?  No

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review:  7/24/17             

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