The Marvelous Mouse Man
It seems to get harder and harder to find good, wholesome children’s books at the library and even harder to find poetry that still rhymes. At our last trip to the library, I was intrigued by the cover of this book, The Marvelous Mouse Man. I wondered if this might be a book about the orient or perhaps science, but soon discovered that it involved a tale in poetic verse. What a pleasure!
A town is quickly over-run by mice, and its people are desparately seeking help. A tall, interesting man appears and offers to help. Leading the mice away with his magic, however, soon the cats, dogs, and children follow! A dilemma to be sure. Thanks to the idea of one little girl, a solution is reached, and the townspeople and mice live happily ever after.
What is striking about the story is the rythm and rhyme. The poetic meter sets a fast pace at the climax and a slower pace as the story comes to an end. The vocabulary is broad and not simplified, allowing the opportunity for even your older children to learn new words. A great book!