A House for Mouse by Gabby Dawnay, illustrated by Alex Barrow
Thames & Hudson publishing
A House for Mouse is a beautifully crafted story that allows children to understand that a house is just a house, while a home is created by friends and family.
As Mouse sets off in search of his own home, he meets some familiar faces and settings along the way. Intertwined in this story are family favourites such as the three little pigs, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel. Even Little Red Riding Hood and Sleeping Beauty are hidden within the charming illustrations.
However, Mouse discovers that not one of these houses are the right abode for him, whether they are too busy, too dry, or too sweet, he continues on his way to find his perfect home.
He eventually finds his ideal accommodation; or so he thinks. His new house seems flawless in every way, but he nonetheless feels that there is still something missing. It is not until he has a surprise visit from all his friends that he realises a home is not a home unless your loved ones are there with you.
Children and adults alike will enjoy seeking out the Easter eggs that are spread throughout the pages as you follow mouse on his journey. From the endearing dedication on the very first page to the wholesome message on the last, A House for Mouse is a delightful tale that all ages will love, with its story full of heart.