Synopsis from Kids Can Press:
The post office is closed, and that means it’s time for Mr. Postmouse and his family to take a vacation. Of course, he’ll need to bring along a few parcels — ?a postmouse’s rounds are never done!? — as he and Mrs. Mouse, Milo, Lulu and Pip set off on an around-the-world tour. Doing whatever it takes to reach their destinations (including traveling by hot-air balloon, cruise ship and camel!), the intrepid mouse family treks from the forest to the sea, the desert to the ice field, finding adventure, new discoveries and animal friends at every far-flung stop. And all along the way, Mr. Postmouse never misses a delivery!
The pages of this humorous, playful follow-up to Mr. Postmouse’s Rounds from award-winning author and illustrator Marianne Dubuc overflow with clever details. The simple story of the mouse family’s trip is used to transport children from one fantastically imagined place to the next. Perfect for encouraging visual literacy, this picture book will delight readers and pre-readers as they explore it again and again, searching the busy artwork for something new and unexpected, including the cross-section drawings that allow a peek inside the animals’ homes and the many stories-within-a-story appearing in every spread. The scenes provide a terrific introduction to the concepts of community and neighborhoods, as well as modes of transportation. This book would make a whimsical lead-in to a life science lesson on animals’ habitats, or to discussions about the world’s cultures and geography.
About: Mr. Postmouse Takes a Trip is a fiction children’s picture book written and illustrated by Marianne Dubuc. It was recently published on 4/4/17 by Kids Can Press, hardcover, 24 pages. The genres are fiction, picture book, and travel. This book is intended for readers ages 3 to 7, grades P to 2. According to Kids Can Press’ website, it is “the largest Canadian-owned children’s publisher in the world – recently celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2013.” The Toronto-based publisher has variety of books for all readers, from picture books to non-fiction, graphic novels, young adult, and more. Please see below for more information about the author.
My Experience: I started reading Mr. Postmouse Takes a Trip on 4/2/17 as a story time for my 5 year-old son and we finished it on the same day. This book is an awesome read! My son and I loved the illustration. It has random pictures on each page and we had a blast playing the hide and go seek game. Each page is super busy with the characters doing variety of activities and I like how it keeps my son’s attention. He searches for the random things (apple core, pencil, envelop, etc) and checks to see what each character is doing while I read.
In this book, readers will follow Mr. Postmouse, a mouse dad locking up his house and post office and taking his family, Mrs. Mouse and 3 kids (Pip, Milo, & Lulu) on a trip around the world (beach, cruise ship, jungle, etc) to deliver some parcels. At each stop, either Mr. Postmouse or Mrs. Mouse or one of the kids would go and deliver the mail, be it a dragon in his living room inside the volcano or a polar bear inside an iceberg. I love seeing inside each animal’s house, especially those house located below the earth’s surface with the stairs leading underground. I like seeing Mr. Postmouse’s family taking off doing their own thing at each new location. Mrs. Mouse shopping for a hat, one of the kids build a fire at camp while another kid relax on a hammock in the oasis. From beginning to the end, there is no dull moment.
This book is the best because there are plenty of activities for kids to engage in while they or their parents read the story. Besides hide and seek, there are different shapes visible in each page that parents and their kids can enjoy together. I love the imaginations this book brings. I like the clear view of a home made inside a tree house, a submarine, a cactus, a sandcastle, and many more. This book requires multiple readings and analyzing. I don’t think we will ever get bored of it. I highly recommend this book to everyone!
Pro: illustrations, hide ‘n seek, travel, animals, animals’ homes, interactive, location activities, imagination
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Marianne Dubuc wrote and illustrated In Front of My House, which was nominated for the 2011 Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award, and The Bus Ride, which received the 2015 TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award. She lives in Montreal, Quebec. http://www.mariannedubuc.com (Info obtained from Edelweiss).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Kids Can Press for the opportunity to read and review. Please assured that my opinions are honest.