THE MICE OF NIBBLING VILLAGE by Margaret Greaves

THE MICE OF NIBBLING VILLAGE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

An author and an illustrator, both British, team to produce a small book of poems describing a community of mice living under the floorboards. Nibbling Village does have a definite population skein: ten of the 13 mice described are female mice doing domestic things--baking, laundering, cleaning, sewing--although one farms and one reads all the time. By and large, they're a gentle bunch, described in simple words and images, with verses using a variety of meters and designs. Each verse tells a stoW and describes its subject effectively. The illustrations are in the now common Nouveau Rackham style, with lots of Victorian detail in line drawings and earth-toned watercolors. Each mouse is granted one full-page illustration and one line drawing. The pictures, like the poems, are proficient if undistinguished. Younger children wanting verses that are entertaining without being daunting and that tell a stow could well enjoy this.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1986
Publisher: Dutton