Little Mouse’s Big Secret by Eric Battut
When Little Mouse discovers a juicy red apple on the ground, he decides that it will be his secret. So he hides it in a hole in the ground. Once it is safely hidden, his friends appear one-by-one and ask him what he’s hiding. Little Mouse insists to each animal that he will not tell because it’s his secret. As Mouse talks with animal after animal, his back is to the apple and the hole he hid it in. Soon a sprout appears from the hole, then a stalk and finally a tree. Apples appear on the tree just as Little Mouse declares that he will keep his secret forever! Then the apples fall to the ground. All of the animals reappear and Little Mouse discovers that some secrets are even better when shared.
Battut has created a picture book perfect for very young children. From the simple, friendly illustrations that have plenty of whitespace to the repetition built into the animals asking what the secret is, this book has lots of child appeal. Each double-page spread has only two lines of text on their own page, creating a book that is quite engaging and fast moving.
Children will immediately get the humor of a fast-growing apple tree that the mouse is completely oblivious to until the apples fall around him. The book also has a high cute factor, with the animals dwarfed by the growing tree, all bright-eyed and merry. They are on a buttery-yellow background that adds to the coziness of the title.
Add this book to your autumn and apple book lists. The very little mouse and other animals make it more appropriate for small groups or individual sharing. Appropriate for ages 2-3.
Reviewed from library copy.
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