Brilliant concept, beautifully drawn and executed. The text is literally one sentence spread out over the entire book, alternating pages with words and without. The art is the real storyteller here, rendered in a palate of oranges, avocados and lemons, with the perfect amount of black ink detail. It’s classic 1960’s, yet timeless all at once.
A young boy named Nicki looses a snow-white mitten that his “Baba” made for him. It’s not long before a mole, rabbit, hedgehog, owl, badger, fox, bear and tiny mouse squeeze into the mitten to take refuge from the snowy day. Just as the boy realizes his mitten is gone, the mouse’s whiskers tickle the bear’s nose and “Aaaaa-aaaaa-ca-chew! all the animals [fly] out of the mitten.” Nicki catches the extraordinarily stretched-out mitten as it sails through the air, calling out to his grandma, “See, Baba!…I have both my mittens.”
An endearing Ukrainian folktale well-told and beautifully illustrated. Each two page spread is framed in birch bark drawings. The mitten cutouts on either side foreshadow what the next page will bring.
It started out as a bad day for little yellow bird, little white dog, little orange fox, and little brown squirrel. Until . . .
A wonderful, uplifting story that gently teaches young children how to deal with life’s small disappointments.
A clever mouse “takes a stroll through the deep dark wood” where it seems every animal he encounters wants to eat him. He outwits them all by inventing a monstrous creature call a gruffalo that he claims is meeting him for lunch. He tells the snake, “…his favorite food is scrambled snake.” This news sends each predator running for their lives and the mouse walks on unscathed until…he meets a real live gruffalo!
A rolicking, effortlessly rhymed, joy to read. Utterly entertaining, appropriately suspenseful, with the affable, whip-smart hero coming out on top in the end. The art is delightful, with the gruffalo rendered just as the mouse had described.