The Little Globe-Trotting Mouse
Region: Eastern Europe, Hungary.
Author: Sándor Kányádi
Original Language: Hungarian
Translator: Elizabeth Csicseri-Ronai; Paul Sohar
Illustrator: Emma Heinzelmann
Genre: Animal Stories
Descriptors: animals, adventures, mouse, music, poetry
Age: 9-12 years old
The Little Globe-Trotting Mouse by Hungarian poet Sándor Kányádi tells the tale of a little field mouse who grows tired of the harsh elements of living outdoors and decides to move to the city, a place where mice never go hungry. As soon as he leaves his home, he gets into all kinds of adventures: he is chased by mischievous cats, lives as a stowaway on a train, serves a frightening rat king as his royal food taster, and rides the license plate of a speeding car through the city. After these many trials, the young mouse finds himself in a boarding school where some young boys decide to take care of him. They take the mouse with them to classes and teach him how to play the piano and recite poetry. From then on, the mouse lives the rest of his life happily without fear. This classic tale of adventure should resonate with children from all over the world. The illustrations by Emma Heinzelmann are fun to look at and capture the emotion of the characters while still maintaining a simple, minimally-colored design. At times, the translation can feel a little awkward, but not enough to distract from the fun, feel-good story. Due to some higher-level vocabulary, this story is most suitable for young readers aged 9-12 years old.
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Notes: This copy has a few typing errors that can be a little distracting. While there are only a few, there is one in the very first sentence.
Reviewed by Leah Byrnes