Now, even if you aren’t a devotee, surely you’ve heard about the TV series Downton Abbey?
It’s got many people in quite a tizzy. Stirring up nostalgia for a by-gone era full of tea, scones and frilly clothes.
Fan of the TV series or not, Mouseton Abbey is one of those clever picture books that the adults are going to enjoy reading, just as much as the kids enjoy listening to.
Jokes on both levels. Perfect. Think of it as the picture book version of a Pixar film!
For a start take a look at the character names. Move over Crawleys …
… you really can’t go wrong with names like Uncle Gorgonzola, Lady Mozzarella and Great Aunt Haloumi for a family of mice. Fabulous.
The rather splendid Abbey is watched over the rather forgetful Lord Mouseton. The abbey is abuzz with preparations for the prestigious Cheesmas celebration. All they need now, is to find the missing Great Big Cheesy Diamond! Ooops!
Nick Page’s narrative is certainly engaging. It contains just the right level of repetition to really connect the plot and draw little ones in. Mouseton Abbey would also be great fun for newly independent readers.
All the characters are knitted by Jo, Caroline and Carole set in each scene against a backdrop of illustrations from Tim Hutchinson – perfectly fitting for an Abbey that was built way back in 1297 …. on a Thursday afternoon.
Cleverly crafted with awesome illustrations, those fabulous knitted characters and a very enjoyable storyline … we’ve fallen in love with Mouseton Abbey.
Ensure you share with all those who have very discerning tastes …