Thursday, January 30, 2014

PICTURE BOOK REVIEW: Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse by Torben Kuhlmann


A story of toil and triumph—inspired by Charles Lindbergh’s solo flight! These are dark times . . . for a small mouse. A new invention—the mechanical mousetrap—has caused all of the mice but one to flee to America, the land of the free. But with cats guarding the steamships, trans-Atlantic crossings are no longer safe. In the bleakest of places . . . the one remaining mouse has a brilliant idea. He must learn to fly! Torben Kuhlmann’s stunning illustrations will capture the imagination of readers young and old with the death-defying feats of this courageous and persistent young mouse.


Lindbergh is the inspiring story of a mouse determined to reunite with his fellow mice in America.  After the advent of mouse traps, the mouse finds that the other mice have all fled.  After trying to board a ship and finding cats lurking all over the place, the mouse is inspired to build a place after seeing a bat.  After much effort and trial and error he succeeds and sets off on a journey like no other. While the writing is good, it's the artwork that steals the show here. The artist uses subtle shades of brown and gray to convey the time period and the shadowy world of the mouse while providing an awesome amount of detail.  The full page illustrations that have no words are especially awe-inspiring as they convey the point the author is trying to make without the need for words.  The saying, "pictures are worth a thousand words" really has a lot of meaning here.  I highly recommend this book, what a beauty!

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