Love, Mouserella by David Ezra Stein
Mouserella misses her grandmother. She had to go back to the country, and Mouserella lives in the city. So her mother suggested she write a letter, and she did! The pages are filled with drawings, photographs, and plenty of great details. Though Mouserella doesn’t think there is much to share, she actually finds lots of everyday things to talk about: creating seed parachutes, visiting a museum, experiencing a blackout, and playing with her brother. The story is jolly and warm, filled with homey details, a loving family and the joys of the small things in life.
Stein’s writing and art here create a harmonious whole. The writing is winningly child-like and wandering. Mouserella’s voice is clear and personal throughout, creating a solid base for the book. Stein then embellishes the book with art that ranges from Mouserella’s drawings to photographs of her world. The combination of crayon art with Stein’s own more realistic but still whimsical art makes for a striking read.
This warm, wonderful picture book will be enjoyed by grandmothers and grandchildren alike. It is a perfect accompaniment to letter writing units or story times about grandparents. Appropriate for ages 4-6.
Reviewed from copy received from Penguin Young Readers Group.
Also reviewed by A Year of Reading.