CHERRY MOUSE BABIES by Christine Rotsaert

CHERRY MOUSE BABIES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A mouse fairy with singular features finds romance in this debut children’s book.

Weefeefee, a magical mouse fairy (with his ears, tail, and eyes all shaped like hearts), resides in a sublime “green-aqua valley.” He enjoys spending time with the animals there (“He had many friends in the valley, including the birds, the monkeys, the squirrels, the tigers, and the lions”).  One day, Leebeebee, a cherry fairy who lives on the fruity mountain, arrives for the happy feet dance celebration, parents in tow. The event is “the biggest, happiest gathering of each year.” At the extravaganza, they all perform the happy feet dance, having a wonderful time, and Leebeebee and Weefeefee fall in love almost immediately. They hail from different fairy families, sure, but that is of no importance—they marry and soon have as many cherry mouse babies as they can. These infants—Weeweelee, Weeleelee, Weefeebee, Weebeefee, and Weebeebee—are spitting images of their parents. They’re adorable little rodents with cherry mouse noses and, as happens in an idyllic valley of greenery, they all live happily ever after. This sunny book focuses on Kerber’s (The Clockwork Owl, 2016, etc.) colorful illustrations. Rotsaert’s text is quite sparse, and the drawings brightly fill in the huge gaps that exist in the meandering story. The images also help to define the characters. Names like Mama Applericoe and Papa Grapedeo can be hard to understand, and the pictures help readers imagine the realm that Weefeefee inhabits. While the text is whimsical and breezy, it is suited only for the youngest readers. The language is quite simple, and because the tale has no heft, experienced readers will likely be bored after one perusal. One lovely part of the enterprise, though, is the audience interaction that the work encourages. The images from the yarn are repeated, this time in black and white, in the back of the book so that youngsters can add color, creating their own world of Weefeefee. The illustrations can be colored or painted, as the prologue explains, allowing children to add their own spin to the frolicking couple and their cherry mouse kids.

A light but uneventful tale of fanciful fairy love.

Pub Date: Aug. 4th, 2016
ISBN: 978-1-5246-3626-5
Page count: 26pp
Publisher: AuthorHouseUK
Program: Kirkus Indie
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