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Review of <i>Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears</i> by Emily Gravett

Title

Review of Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett

ISBN

9781416959304

Publication Date

2008

Publisher

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

City

New York

Disciplines

Library and Information Science | Modern Literature

Keywords

Children's literature, reviews

Review

Overall, I found this book very enjoyable. The book is narrated by a mouse who describes his many fears while in the top margin the scientific name for the fear is listed. An example would be when the mouse says he’s scared of insects and spiders; the words “Entomophobia” and “Arachnophobia” and their meanings are listed. The book also includes spaces for young readers to write down their own fears. The book ends with a hilarious switch of how some people fear mice, thus emboldening the mouse at the end of the book. The drawings are well done with many entertaining diagrams and articles in the background for the more mature readers. Some look hand drawn while others are made to look like scrapbook pages with pictures and illustrations of his fears and possibilities. The color choice and the holes and missing corners in the pages make the reader feel as if he or she are living with the mouse and sharing in his fears. The book is well-crafted for the children to identify their fears and ends with a clever twist to make them hopefully realize that everyone has fears but can overcome them. As a whole, the book is entertaining and heart-warming book about fear without being frightening. Recommended. Reviewed by Michael Aho, Library Intern, Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio

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