Rollie is a curious, young field mouse discontent with his life in the field.
He has big dreams touched with romance and adventure, which take place in the medieval village he sees from his high meadow. So he strikes camp one day and heads to town, as many a lad and lady are wont to do. On the outskirts of town, he comes upon a wizard’s tower, with two cows floating in the sky nearby. The cows’ predicament has been caused by the wizard’s diminishing powers and, particularly, by his faltering memory. It is Rollie’s good fortune to be welcomed by the wizard and in turn to become the wizard’s able assistant, ready to supply the correct incantation in the wizard’s ear. Here is another well-told, elegantly paced and visually luxurious tale from Morrissey and co-author Krensky (The Crimson Comet, 2006, etc.), one that again shows their talent for insinuating the wackily supernatural into their adventures—those floating cows; a giant apple tree (that’s literal: one giant apple in a tree); a magic fish—and his artistic mastery: whole-page, and occasional two-page, spreads, with soft daubs of oil paint coalescing into a sharp image that nonetheless has a melting, dreamy quality.
A gentle tale—no serious dark-magic threats here—that grips through its visual lushness. (Picture book. 5-9)