- [-] Other Available FormatsOur PriceNew & Used MarketplaceEl Gran Libro de los Miedos = Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears (Hardcover - Spanish)
- ISBN-13: 9781416959304
- ISBN-10: 1416959300
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
- Publish Date: September 2008
- Page Count: 32
- Reading Level: Ages 4-8
- Dimensions: 11.5 x 9.9 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.95 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 60.
- Review Date: 2008-08-04
- Reviewer: Staff
Dystychiphobia, phagophobia, good old acrophobia: everybody's afraid of something—although it does seem that Gravett's (Orange Pear Apple Bear) winsome mouse protagonist has cornered the market on anxieties. Wittily assuming the format of a scrapbook or diary that is filled in by Little Mouse, this book exhorts, “You too can overcome your fears through the use of art!” A virtually encyclopedic list of fears follows, each on its own page, with plenty of space allotted for Little Mouse's response. Gravett augments these expansive collaged spreads with interactive goodies (a flap, a gatefold, a tip-in of an entire map). For example, when Little Mouse scrawls, “I don't like being alone, or in the dark,” readers will learn from glancing at the upper-right corner that this feeling is called “Isolophobia (Fear of solitude).” The opposite page is pitch-black, and Little Mouse eyes it nervously. Other moments are more purely amusing: “aichmophobia” (the fear of knives) ushers in references to “Three Blind Mice.” Whether or not they choose to face their own fears, kids will feel that a chord has been struck—and they'll savor spicing up their budding vocabularies. Ages 4–8. (Sept.)
Halloween reading for scaredy-cats
Emily Gravett's new picture book, Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears, is a new twist on the genre. This humorous book is actually about the author's fears, and the pencil-carrying mouse "writing" the story is simply a foil. Starting with arachnophobia and moving to aichmophobia (knives, the kind the farmer's wife used), our little friend faces many fears, common and esoteric. Using found objects, chewed paper edges (thanks to Gravett's pet rat), a muted gray, red and beige palette, and an array of fabulous foldouts, Gravett's portrait of what would frighten a mouse (and a person) is just what the psychiatrist ordered. On each page, she encourages readers to record their own fears. The big reveal at the end will provide a welcome relief and spontaneous laughter.