Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears
Simon & Schuster, 2009 (2009)
Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch
his is a most unusual picture book, both in content and form. Using a variety of mixed media, including maps,
edges, collages, and enhanced by sepia-toned pages, this book explores everyday fears through the eyes of a little mouse. The book is intended to be a
book of sorts so that the little mouse can record his feelings about a fear or phobia.
ach page features a vocabulary word at the top pertaining to a fear (such as
, fear of going to bed;
, fear of dirt; and
, fear of dogs) as well as an accompanying illustration or collage about that particular phobia.
he book is intended to reassure children that everyone is afraid of something, and that it is ok to feel afraid. In fact, at the book's end, the mouse is surprised to discover that a grown-up is actually afraid of him (depicted by a drawing of adult-sized feet standing on a chair, while the mouse beams up at him, appreciatively).
he book may be a tad visually overwhelming, particularly for younger readers, but it is intriguing, unique, and could help spark discussion about overcoming fears. There are a lot of underlying nuances that may need to be further explained, so it is a good book to read together.
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