Perfect Picture Book Friday Mouseling’s Words (Clarion Books, 2017) by Shutta Crum and illustrated by Ryan O’Rourke is a darling picture book. It’s a fresh look at an oft told story of mouse versus cat, but it’s much more than that. It’s also about leaving home, and the love of words.
Mouseling’s family has a collection of words in their nests. Aunt Tillie brings them home from the Swashbuckler Restaurant. Mouseling’s siblings have left home and his parents tell him it’s time for him to leave, but he doesn’t want to. He thinks he’s too little. He can’t leave his words. But when Aunt Tillie tells him there are more words out in the world, Mouseling determines to go.
I loved where Mouseling ends up.
See all of author Shutta Crum’s books here and read about her here.
Illustrator Ryan O’Rourke’s (no, not the baseball player) shows his books here and his bio is here.