Carrie Mouse has been told by her parents never to go down the hill to the big house where the humans live. But Carrie Mouse is curious, and her friend, Martha Squirrel makes going down the hill seem like such an exciting adventure! So one day, Carrie disobeys… but will her curiosity lead her on the adventure she is searching for, or will she learn a far more valuable lesson?
I have to preface this by saying that this is the first thing I’ve read by Morgan Huneke. I know! This author of sci-fi, fantasy, and fairy tale retellings has been on my TBR list for a while, now, but – as with many things – well… you’ve seen my TBR pile of just the books I own that I haven’t read yet. I’m working on it, okay?!
So, when I got the chance to be an ARC reader for her new children’s picture book, I jumped at it, because I KNOW I can read children’s books pretty quickly! haha.
This is a super cute story about a little mouse who, like many children, struggles to understand why she needs to obey her parents. Especially when they are telling her not to do something that seems like a lot of fun. But as Carrie finds out by the end of the story, her parents are not trying to ruin her fun, they are merely trying to keep her safe. This is a story that can help children easily grasp the concept of how there can be unexpected consequences for their actions, and illustrates how boundaries are meant for their good.
In a way, the story reminds me a little bit of Christopher Churchmouse books, but the story is shorter and conveys its message in fewer words.
The illustrations are adorable and reminiscent of claymation cartoons such as Wallace and Grommit. The flat-clay style really brings this story to life, and bright colors are sure to delight younger audiences.
I am definitely going to get a copy of this for my own kids!
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About the Author
Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Books have always been a big part of her life, never more so than when working at the local library. She is the author of several middle grade novels including the Time Captives fantasy trilogy and one YA fairy tale retelling novella entitled Twisted Dreams. Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage is her first picture book.
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About the Illustrator
Rebekah Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia with her parents, sisters, and yellow Labrador named Sophie. She has been working with Sculpey since age nine, and sells her creations in the Klay Kottage Etsy shop. She also creates and sells stuffed animals and knitted goods. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, and playing cello and piano. Carrie Mouse and the Giant Garage is her first book.
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