Children’s Book Reviews
Children's Book Reviews: Mr. Postmouse Takes a Trip
Publish May 16, 2017
In Mr. Postmouse’s Rounds (2015), the Governor General’s Award–winning Quebec author and illustrator Marianne Dubuc created a charming and industrious postal worker. The tiny mouse mail carrier loads up his wagon for more deliveries in Mr. Postmouse Takes a Trip. In this globe-trotting adventure, Mr. Postmouse, his wife, and their three pinkies travel to exotic locations, but even vacation plans do not get in the way of speedy service. First stop is the forest to pay a visit to Aunt Claudette and hand deliver a gift-wrapped present, then, it is off to the jungle to drop off a parcel to Tarzan, followed by an impromptu visit to Mr. Dragon’s volcanic summer home. After an ocean cruise, a camelback trek across the desert, and a hot air balloon excursion, the family returns to their cheddar-cheese home with lots of memories and a suitcase full of souvenirs from their holiday – including a stowaway penguin.
Readers will pore over Marianne Dubuc’s incredibly detailed watercolours and coloured pencil illustrations of all the unusual ports of call. Cross-sections of the three-deck luxury liner shows a bored cat nodding off during an opera performance, two turtles enjoying a five-star restaurant meal, and a colony of bunnies nestling into bunk beds inside their cabin. Readers can extend this imaginative journey by spotting something new with each perusal and inventing their own accounts of the many adventures that play out in the background details. Mr. Postmouse Takes a Trip is a special delivery you won’t want to miss.
Linda Ludke is a librarian at London Public Library. Her reviews have appeared in Quill and Quire, School Library Journal and CM: Canadian Review of Materials. When she’s not reading and writing she also loves searching for vintage treasures.
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