Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse
Lindbergh: The Tale of a Flying Mouse
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Annotation: Follows the trials of a small mouse who pursues a brilliant idea to escape to America by plane after the introduction of the mechanical mousetrap.
Catalog Number: #91909
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
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Publisher: North-South Books
Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: 96
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7358-4167-5
ISBN 13: 978-0-7358-4167-3
Dewey: E
Dimensions: 29 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
A curious, inventive mouse is horrified by Europe's latest contraption e mousetrap. The streets of his city are soon dangerous and empty of his fellow rodents, victims of either the traps or the now-hungry predators. Determined to flee to safety in America, the little mouse starts planning his escape, but it's not until he sees a bat flying rodent, after all at his ideas start to take shape. Following a trajectory mirroring the actual history of aviation, the little mouse makes several blunders before building himself a tiny, single-seater plane, which he promptly flies across the Atlantic lo, no less ly to arrive in America a mini celebrity. Kuhlmann's detailed and realistic watercolor-and-pencil illustrations seamlessly blend sweeping architectural backgrounds, technical drawings of each contraption, and dramatic predators looming large over the tiny aviator, all rendered in compelling layouts and a natural-toned palette. Though the plentiful pictures might suggest a young readership, the small print and more advanced vocabulary make this best suited to an extended read-aloud.
Horn Book
When the invention of the mousetrap makes life too dangerous in Germany, one mouse decides to follow his brethren to America. With cats and owls guarding the ports and alleyways, our hero works to build a flying machine to escape. The long story is elevated by extensive, often wordless spreads of atmospheric sepia-hued illustrations that beautifully realize the small aviator's failures and triumphs.
Publishers Weekly
In a project that seamlessly blends elements of a picture book, comic, and novel, gifted newcomer Kuhlmann imagines that the world-s first transatlantic flight was made not by Charles Lindbergh, but by an intrepid German mouse flying in the opposite direction, starting from Hamburg. Driven to desperation by the deaths of many of his compatriots in newly invented mousetraps, the mouse decides to head for America: -A huge statue greeted all who arrive there, whether human or mouse.- Squads of guardian cats rule out ship journeys, and the mouse begins experimenting with flying machines. Kuhlmann makes every detail of the mouse-s endeavor look and sound delightfully plausible, from his da Vinci-like working sketches to his plan to hoist his plane to the top of a tower by attaching it to the gears of the tower-s clock. The fragility of his machine and the owls that watch him like sentinels at every step give the story constant tension: the owls- golden eyes are painted with eerie menace. It-s all terrific entertainment, and the fame Kuhlmann imagines for the mouse when he finally succeeds (-The Transatlantic Rodent Hero- trumpets a billboard) inspires a future famous aviator-or so Kuhlmann claims. An exceptionally fine debut. Ages 4-up. (May)

School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 2&11;6&12; In this gorgeous sepia-toned adventure, a heroic little German mouse must escape the terrifying and fatal clutches of the mousetraps in his homeland. He decides to make his way to America. The notion of a sea voyage is quickly abandoned when he narrowly escapes the sharp claws of a hungry cat guarding the pier. Soon after, he is inspired by his flying cousins&12;bats&12;and decides to invent an apparatus to fly across the sea to the land of freedom. After several failed attempts and a close call with a formidable owl, the mouse succeeds&12;piloting a tiny aircraft, goggles atop his diminutive head, map in hand. His daring flight becomes famous in his new country and inspires a young boy named Charles Lindbergh. Kuhlmann's stirring illustrations are the true star here&12;capturing the darkness and danger of the creature's native land as well as the light and breadth of his transatlantic journey. Minute details in the intrepid rodent's facial expressions and body language will immediately draw in readers who gravitate to animal stories, while the careful attention to machinery and architecture will encourage repeated viewings. So strong is the visual narrative that the text is almost superfluous; this book can be enjoyed wordlessly. Back matter that includes a short history of aviation rounds out this rich offering. &12; Kiera Parrott, School Library Journal
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Wilson's Children's Catalog
Word Count: 1,550
Reading Level: 4.6
Interest Level: P-2
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.6 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 173871 / grade: Lower Grades
Lexile: AD820L

One small step for a mouse; one giant leap for aviation.

These are dark times . . . for a small mouse. A new invention—the mechanical mousetrap—has caused all the mice but one to flee to America, the land of the free. But with cats guarding the steamships, trans-Atlantic crossings are no longer safe. In the bleakest of places . . . the one remaining mouse has a brilliant idea. He must learn to fly!

Debut illustrator Torben Kuhlmann’s inventive tale and stunning illustrations will capture the imagination of readers—young and old—with the death-defying feats of this courageous young mouse.

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