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Saturday 27 August 2016

Review: Here Comes Mr Postmouse

Here Comes Mr Postmouse is the first title in the Mr Postmouse series by Canadian author-illustrator, Marianne Dubuc. Translated from French by Greet Pauwelijn, this delightful story will open the world of animals to the very young.

Mr Postmouse loads up his cart and sets off on his deliveries. He has parcels and letters to distribute to many of the houses in the surrounding area. There is Bear, Rabbit, and Snake (Postmouse is glad there’s nothing for him today); the Birds’ house, Mr Squirrel, Dragon, and lots of other animals. But one parcel is left. You’ll have to wait to discover what that is.

You can see how busy Mr Postmouse is kept. Luckily, he is an energetic fellow. To deliver his parcels and mail, he climbs high up ladders, dives under water, and experiences all types of weather.

Sometimes the animals are naughty, cheeky, crafty, busy, or simply having fun in their own way. They play hide-and-seek, sing, store food for the winter, or offer delights to Mr Postmouse.

There is an open view into every room in each house. We see if they are tidy or messy, what they own, how they cook, their interior designs, and almost everything else about them.

There is so much here for a child to discover and learn about in the intricately detailed artwork. With themes of community, friendships, and accepting the differences in everyone, this book is full of adventure and fun.

Book Island received the Bologna Prize for the Oceania Children’s Publisher of the Year. Its publications are of the highest quality in all areas. The paper is divine, the production is always of the highest standard, and the layouts are mesmerising. I loved this book and hope to follow the series of Mr Postmouse closely.

Title: Here Comes Mr Postmouse
Author/Illustrator: Marianne Dubuc
Publisher: Book Island, $26.95 RRP
Publication Date: August 2016
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9780994128201
For ages: 3+
Type: Picture Book