Book review: Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse, by Torben Kulhmann

Kulhmann, Torben. Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse. Trans. by Suzanne Levesque. NorthSouth, 2014. 96p. $19.95. 978-0-7358-4167-3. Ages 5-8: When Hamburg residents use mousetraps to reduce the huge population of mice, one creative unnamed mouse decides to use ingenuity in an escape flight to America. Charming close-ups show him peering out of an ancient typewriter called Flieger (flyer in German), collecting springs and gears from timepieces, and studying old volumes are executed in sepia tones and pencil drawings reminiscent of Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches in an approximation of a worn, heavily-read book. The mouse’s solution, sometimes discovered with pain, comes from his studying the flight of bats who the mouse considers “flying relatives.” Drama increases in a conflict with the amber-eyed horned owls who think of the tiny creature as food. A short history of aviation, including the man for whom the book is named complements the joyous story in this debut picture book. P9Q9 June 2014 review by Nel Ward.

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