Little Mouse Helps Out written and illustrated by Riika Jantti
With beautiful retro images the simplicity of Little Mouse Helps Out, reminds me of stories from my own childhood.
Finnish author and illustrator Jantti’s second picture book follows a play date day for Little Mouse. As a mother of two increasingly independent ‘mini adults’ the scenarios and phrases are all too familiar. “I wants to pour the juice myself”, “Oops!” (It spilled on the table), “That’s all right;” said Mummy Mouse and she wiped it up. Ah Mummy Mouse, you have the patience of a saint, but it is only breakfast!
Who’s toddler hasn’t grunted “my do it” or “I do it by myself”? The lovely simple drawings and demands of Little Mouse certainly brought a smile to my face. But neither of mine have ever offered to help clean the loo – Little Mouse, you’re hired!
Mummy Mouse is my new hero – the patience and tolerance of a saint. I suspect she needed a little sip of nettle wine at the end of that day.
I would say this is perfect for 2 to 4 year olds. Mine enjoyed the gentle flow and familiarity of the scenarios, but it was perhaps a little subtle and gentle to keep mine from wriggling.
This sweet hardback book is £7.99 and is available on Amazon.
Thank you to Scribe for letting us enjoy this book.