Saturday, November 21, 2009

Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears

Every year I buy myself a Christmas gift and a Birthday gift. I always choose books and I've been doing it for a couple of years now. It's always a challenge to pick one book and so today I would like to share with you the book that made the cut for Christmas last year.

Emily Gravett is an author and illustrator who I think is absolutely amazing! The illustrations she creates are always intricate and captivating. Her stories are enjoyable and carry a great sense of humor to them. I chose her book, Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears, as my gift last year.

The book is actually the journal of Little Mouse and everything she's afraid of. At the end of the book she realizes that everyone has fears, and even some things are afraid of her! I'm big on interactive books, and this one doesn't disappoint. There is flaps, fold outs, a map (in the shape of a mouse), jagged pages - anything you could think of except popups. (Emily does make pop-ups though!) The story is great because, at a young age, I had tons of fears and I think it would have been reassuring to have this book. Another intriguing aspect is that who ever is reading the book can turn it into their own journal! Emily left blank spots on each page to allow the reader to reflect, draw, and write about their own fears. On top of that, (as if this book could get better) she even includes the technical names for all of Little Mouse's fears on the top of each page. Do you know what clinophobia means? It's the fear of going to bed. Oh yes, Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears is educational as well!

Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears is in my top ten for 'favorite picture books' list. I'm pretty confident that if you check it out, it'll rank high on your list too.

- Sydney

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