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Written and Illustrated by: Mini Grey
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, 2014, Hardcover
Target Audience: Ages 3-8
Theme: Mystery, Finding what you’re good at
How We Discovered This Book: We found this one in the new books bin at our library.
Summary: Hermelin is a mouse living in a little girl’s attic on Offley Street. Things go missing, and Hermelin decides to play detective and find their things. As he solves the mysteries, he leaves notes for the owners to tell them where to find their belongings. What would people think if they knew that Hermelin was a mouse?
What I Liked: Hermelin is cute, and the author/illustrator gives him a lot of personality. The illustrations are so rich, you can linger on each page just looking for all of the hidden details. I love that he names himself after a brand of cheese, rather than something like Bob or Squeaky.
What Did My Kids Think? My kids loved trying to solve the mysteries, and felt very smart when they figured them out. As soon as we were done reading, they immediately wanted to go back and read it again.
Type secret notes for a friend or family member. Hermelin uses a typewriter, but a computer and printer will do. You could find something they’ve been missing, or do an act of kindness.
Imagine you are a mouse. Get down on the floor and discover what you might find if you are at Hermelin’s level.