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Wednesday, 1 December 2010

The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney

This is a stunning, wordless version of one of Aesop's best-loved fables, from one of America's most acclaimed artists. This Aesop's fable is a favourite and familiar one: a mouse inadvertently disturbs a lion, who lets the mouse go...and is later himself freed by the mouse from a poacher's trap. Jerry Pinkney's jaw-droppingly gorgeous new wordless treatment is irresistible, its wealth of visual detail offering huge scope for the pages to be turned and the story retold over and over again. It is spectacular.
When I opened the envelope that contained this book I was immediately drawn to this cover.
The artistry on the cover, and subsequently throughout the book is stunning; the drawings are so realistic and the attention to detail spectacular. There are elephants, giraffes, zebras, ostriches, lions and countless birds along with mice depicted throughout the pages.
There are no words in the book to tell the story but it is based on one of Aesop's Fables and so is a story known by many. However, the omission of the text is not a problem as the story is told very clearly in the pictures.
This is a book I would recommend as a keepsake present, one for when a baby is born or christened and a present is wanted for the child to treasure and keep. I am blown away by this book and can not think of words to praise this book highly enough.
Thank you to Walker Books Limited for sending me this book to review.

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