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Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears


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Emily Gravett is the author and illustrator of many children's books, including Matilda's Cat, Again!, Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears (winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal), Meerkat Mail, Tidy, and Old Hat. Her first book, Wolves, was the winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award for Illustration. Her second book, Orange Pear Apple Bear, was a Quills Award finalist, a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, and on the shortlist for the Kate Greenaway Medal. Emily lives in Brighton, England, with her partner, their daughter, and the family dog. Visit her at EmilyGravett.com.


K-Gr 4-A tiny mouse and his gigantic fears collide in this humorous creation. This handbook dramatically states, "A fear faced is a fear defeated," and encourages the fainthearted to conquer their fright through writing, drawing, and collage. Spare text and delightful illustrations chronicle this nervous rodent's journey. From ablutophobia, the fear of bathing, to sciaphobia, the fear of shadows, the striking mixed-media art captures the humorous adventures of the white mouse and his red pencil. The pictures emphasize shadow and light, pitting the winsome rodent against some of the scariest and most exotic phobias. Unusual elements abound through a hodgepodge of folded maps and newspaper clippings; varied perspectives and dominant figures feature a cameo by the Three Blind Mice and a dramatic retelling of "Hickory Dickory Dock." With nuanced facial expressions, the mouse scurries through each textured spread against warm cream-colored backgrounds; his actualization reveals a delightful conclusion. Through one-on-one sharing or personal perusal, readers will clamor to relive this small hero's adventures.-Meg Smith, Cumberland County Public Library, Fayatteville, NC Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

* Through one-on-one sharing or personal perusal, readers will clamor to relive this small hero's adventures.-- "School Library Journal, starred review"
* Timorous Mouse doesn't vanquish the worries but does weather the dangers, revealing a tiny final smile at an unexpected turnabout.-- "Kirkus Reviews, starred review"
* Whether or not they choose to face their own fears, kids will feel that a chord has been struck--and they'll savor spicing up their budding vocabularies.-- "Publishers Weekly, starred review"
[A] new twist on the genre...The reveal at he end will provide a welcome relief and spontaneous laughter.-- "Bookpage"
Encouraging children to face their anxieties can be a fearsome endeavor; this may be just the ticket.-- "Booklist"
This clever book will engage and amuse kids and their grownups--though perhaps not the faint of heart.-- "Horn Book"

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