Animals

The Little Mouse

The Little Mouse by C.W. Lovatt reviewed by Celine

Published by:  Wild Wolf Publishing

Format:   Kindle 79 pages

Date of publication:  25 May 2018 –   pre-order through Amazon

Genres:   Fiction, spiritual, animals, fantasy, children’s book

REVIEW

A well written and well-crafted memorable fantasy story for ages 12 and above, with an exciting and colorful narrative that keeps the reader on their toes and wondering what will happen.  This wonderful story is sprinkled with amazing forest creatures, with whom you feel as though you are right there with them as this gripping tale un-folds.

Magic is seamlessly woven into the story in a believable fashion, and as I read, I felt that I was traveling with a Jedi Mouse who performed great feats of hands on healing.  The themes are quite apparent – that no-one is too small to achieve something, to believe in oneself, people can change, and that we are all inter-connected.

Above all, the Little Mouse shows one never to give up but to trust in one’s inner resources or higher guidance, as the story takes you through rather stressful or unpleasant scenarios, akin a little to the original story of Bambi where Bambi’s father is shot and taken from him.

Some of the expressions or sentences are at a reading comprehension level for the older child, and the story may enhance a child’s vocabulary because a few words in the story may be unknown to them.  There were 2 words which I had to look up in the dictionary, indicating the breadth of the vocabulary in this story; but I didn’t mind doing that at all, and when I was quite young I read a lot of books for which I did just that.

Toward the end of the story there are quite graphic descriptions of violence toward animals of which a parent should judge whether this would be suitable for the tender thoughts of children younger than 12.   This part of the story is integral to the themes however, and any discomfort to the reader serves to bolster the intent of the tale, which to me is multi-layered, being not to treat animals as objects for the pleasure of sport, and to believe in and use all of your natural resources and a combination of will-power to get what you want, if it is ethical.

Altogether a delightfully satisfying story for an adult or mature young person to read, and definitely I can see this story as a movie taking its place alongside the classics.

Very exact and descriptive words are used which immediately paint a magical tale where all the characters, both of the animal and human type, come to life, as unique beings; whose fates you are gripped by.

I really enjoyed reading this story because even though it described unpleasant real-life situations, it has a happy ending, and it is a metaphorical story that firmly encourages us to think about what we do from all vantage points, and to respect, understand and care for each other, and to work together, woven into a story of warmth and courage and companionship.

 

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  1. An excellent review of a wonderful story, but I would like to point out that the age the book is aimed at is 5 plus, not 12. Having been the teacher of and the mother of five year old children and twelve year old children (and all the ages in between) I would happily read this to a five year old and know how much pleasure it would give them. In addition it would help to raise a multiple of subjects that resonate with today’s culture and aid them in forming opinions of their own

    I also disagree that there are graphic images of violence (other than the dog tearing the bear.) At best the violence of man toward animal is suggested. The older fairy stories by Grimm and Andersen are filled full of painful images and children have coped with them without trauma.

    None the less, it is a good review of this charming book.

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    • We can agree to disagree on some points, book reviews are rather arbitrary after all. I know some who would not like the descriptions of the stag and the bear being killed which are described and are violent. The blurb states this book is for “all ages” and it is simply my opinion that some sensitive children, 5 years old to 11 years old, may not like or understand the story – not ALL but a few or some. As a Book Reviewer, I aim to present my honest thoughts on all books that I review. Thank you for yours.

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