Benjamin and Bumper to the Rescueby Molly Coxe, Olivier Toppin (Photographer), Ian Craig (Designed by), Craig Canine (Editor)
A thrilling story of rescue and adventure featuring fuzzy young Benjamin Middlemouse and his wooly friend Bumper the elephant as the unlikely heroes, each page of this children's picture book features a cinematic photo of charming handmade mice and other creatures that inhabit a richly textured, three-dimensional world. When Benjamin's mother does not return to
A thrilling story of rescue and adventure featuring fuzzy young Benjamin Middlemouse and his wooly friend Bumper the elephant as the unlikely heroes, each page of this children's picture book features a cinematic photo of charming handmade mice and other creatures that inhabit a richly textured, three-dimensional world. When Benjamin's mother does not return to the antique armoire they call home, Benjamin recruits his friend Bumper, a stuffed animal who lives on the nearby bed, to help with the search. Benjamin loads Bumper's back with a treasure-trove of scrounged objectsa jumble of ropes, needles and thread, a ladder made from string and matchsticks, and a homemade slingshot with a basket of popcorn for ammunitionand they follow clues that lead into the garden, where they must storm the stone tower of Sir Pouncelot the cat and rescue Mrs. Middlemouse before she becomes his tasty dinner. Just right for a first adventure story, this magical storybook is an ideal blend of suspense, bravery, friendship, humor, loyalty, and a happy ending for all.
"Creatively composed photographs are the highlight of this distinctive picture book. . . . [It has] the feel of a very large epic on a very small scale." Publishers Weekly
- Brave Mouse Books
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- Product dimensions:
- 11.24(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.33(d)
- Age Range:
- 3 - 5 Years
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Molly Coxe is an award-winning writer and illustrator whose books include Big Egg, Cat Traps, The Great Snake Escape, Hot Dog, and R Is for Radish. Her awards include a Children’s Choice Award from the International Reading Association, and her early-reader titles were Children’s Book of the Month Club selections. She lives in Bellingham, Washington. Olivier Toppin is an independent photographer whose work has appeared in many galleries and expositions, including the New York Film Festival and the Ward-Nasse Gallery in New York City.
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Benjamin, a young mouse, and his good friend Bumper set out to rescue his mother, who--they soon learn--has been captured by Sir Pouncelot, a gourmet chef of a cat, who would like nothing better than to bake her with cream. Preschoolers and primary grade children will recognize themselves in the characters, but what makes it interesting to a wider audience is the author's subtle cheekiness and her breathtakingly imaginative illustrations. Coxe's felted wool animals are vividly alive. Their adventures take place in a visual world that sets the imagination spinning. Furniture, small props, rescue equipment--all manner of interesting and useful things--are created to scale from a palette of carefully collected accumulations. It's a delicious and heart-warming story-both to read and to look at (kudos to Oliver Toppin's perfect photographs of each scene). As a [perhaps unintended] aside, Coxe's assemblages will surely inspire many readers (including grownups) to search through kitchen drawers to find material for creating mini-environments for their own small toy animals. Recommended especially for 2-6 year olds, but creative older siblings will probably love it just as much.