By Author / Illustrator
M. N. Tahl, Mark Chambers
Mystery & Detective
Little Tiger Press Group
Paperback / softback
It's a monumental day in Mouseopolis. Everyone has gathered for the grand unveiling of The Big Cheese - the most magnificent morsel the city has ever seen. But when the curtain is pulled back, The Big Cheese has gone! Can Supermouse track down the creepy crooks before there is nothing left but stinky crumbs? And who is the mouse behind the mask? Packed with innovative die-cuts and flaps, this hilarious book will delight parents and children alike.
If your child loves a book with flaps to lift, then I strongly urge you to purchase Supermouse and the Big Cheese Robbery. This picture book has it all; a really engaging narrative, brightly coloured and detailed illustrations, and an array of flaps to lift and open on each page.
My children were delighted with this picture book, especially when discovering that lifting each flap revealed another flap or an interesting twist to the story. Not only do you have flaps to lift, but some pages have sections cut out adding detail to the page and changing when turning the page - such as looking through a window changing to the view inside the house. We have already read this story numerous times, each time discovering a new little detail in the background.
Supermouse tells the tale of the theft of 'The Big Cheese'; a gigantic piece of cheese on show to the mice of Mouseopolis. Later, an ordinary little mouse spots a clue and transforms himself to 'Supermouse!'. Supermouse sets out on to find the villains who have stolen the Big Cheese but falls into the villains hands - it was a trap! With a quick twist in the narrative, Supermouse gets free and soon the villains have been captured and put in Jail, 'Supermouse had saved the day'.
Children who love stories about superheroes - Batman, Superman, Spiderman - will delight in this story; it also provides a great introduction to the superheroes theme in the classroom. Suitable for an early years environment, this book has plenty of talking points and creative writing stimulus. The story ends ready to lead into a sequel so I can imagine lots of young people writing the next story for Supermouse to save the day.
I absolutely love this book, one we will be returning to again and again.
Picture book / Ages 4+ / Reviewed by Joanna Hewish, teacher
Suggested Reading Age 3+