Friday, September 14, 2012

A trip to the bottom of the world with Mouse by Frank Viva

Frank Viva has won quite a few awards and a lot of acclaim for his Along a Long Road. I didn't care for it and it didn't work well in storytime.

But this new title really works for me. In stunning landscapes of color, shape and line mouse and a strange Charlie Brown-like figure travel down to the bottom of the world: The Antarctic.

Mouse adds a human element to the awe-inspiring landscape as he make silly comments and complaints, enjoying the journey but always a little doubtful about the trip. The design changes from four small panels to full-page spreads as mouse and his friend look at the vast world they're traveling through and then return to their own concerns.

Verdict: This won't have the instant appeal of Fly Guy, but it's well-written, beautifully illustrated, and has a great layout. Kids and parents looking for something a little different with some gentle humor (which might as well be the slogan for Toon) will enjoy this odd but stunning little book.

ISBN: 9781935179191; Published September 11, 2012 by Candlewick/Toon; Review copy provided by publisher; Purchased for the library

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