Synopsis from NoBrow Press:
Julian is a mouse who is perfectly happy avoiding other animals. They seem to just get in the way, and sometimes even try to eat him! But one day, Julian has an unexpected dinner guest…
When the fox tries to sneak into Julian’s burrow for a tasty bite of mouse, it finds itself stuck headfirst in Julian’s front door!
At first alarmed and wary, they soon find themselves having a lovely dinner together, and it’s not long before each realizes that they have found a lifelong friend.
About: A Mouse Called Julian is a children’s picture book written and illustrated by Joe Todd-Stanton. It was recently published on 4/23/2019 by Flying Eye Books, a children’s imprint of NoBrow Press, hardcover, 40 pages. The genres are picture book, fiction, and animals. This book is intended for readers ages 3 to 5, grades K and under. According to the publisher’s website, “Nobrow burst into existence in late 2008 as the joint creative endeavour of two friends and ex-St Martin’s alumni: Sam Arthur and Alex Spiro.” They “sought to bring new stories to life, as well as to revive well-worn yarns for new generations of people.” They also “speak with boldness because we are proud: of our team, our collaborators and our fans.” Please see below for more information about the publisher and the author.
My Experience: I started reading A Mouse Called Julian for my baby still in my womb (nearly 8 months) as a story time on 5/31/2019 and finished it that same day. My baby has been active and kicked me a lot and I like to read books out loud to her everyday. My son is now 7 and able to read this book on his own. We both liked this story a lot. I personally love books written and illustrated by this author, Joe Todd-Stanton. I have been lucky to have given the chance to review all of his books: Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx, Arthur and the Golden Rope, and The Secret of Black Rock and I love them all so much! The illustrations are awesome and it keeps kids active when they read or when parents read for them. I love this author’s attention to detail in his illustration.
In this book, readers will follow Julian as he informs readers that he likes to live alone. He will avoid everyone above and below ground as best as he can, but he doesn’t know that a fox has been watching him. When Julian sleeps, the fox breaks into Julian’s house, but since the entrance of his house is small, the fox is stuck. While the fox is stuck, Julian decides to share his dinner with the fox and surprise that he actually enjoys having a guest. The next day when the fox able to pull himself out, they both go back to how their lives were before. Julian goes about his day dodging everyone, but this time, he’s not so lucky and finds himself face to face with a barn owl. Hoping his newfound friendship with the fox may come in handy, otherwise he will have to rethink about making friends.
A Mouse Called Julian is an excellent read and beautifully illustrated. I love that the fox in this case is honest when he asks Julian to help him out and that he will not try to eat him. It’s the best story for little kids to practice trusting and helping honest strangers who actually need help. Though in this case, the fox did tried to eat Julian for the reason of breaking into his home so it’s a hard decision to make. I like the bit of humor in the end when the fox has a chance to pay back Julian for his kindness. I highly recommend everyone to read this book and all other books from this author.
Pro: fast paced, page turner, cover, illustrations, trusting & helping, avoid dangers, alone vs friendship, animals above ground and below ground
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Joe Todd-Stanton grew up in Brighton and studied at UWE Bristol, receiving a first class degree in Illustration. Joe has been commissioned to work for clients such as Oxford University Press, Usborne Publishing and Aquila magazine. His first picture book, Arthur and the Golden Rope, was published by Flying Eye Books in 2016. He lives and works in London. (Info & Photo obtained from NoBrow’s website as well as images of books).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to NoBrow Press for the opportunity to read and review. Please assure that my opinions are honest.