Hermelin the Detective Mouse

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Ratatouille meets Sherlock Holmes in this heartwarming story of mystery and adventure, acceptance and friendship, by the acclaimed creator of Traction Man and Toys in Space.
 
Hermelin is a special little mouse. He was born in a box of cheese and lives in an attic at 33 Offley Street. He can read books and type notes on his typewriter. Most importantly, ...
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Overview

Ratatouille meets Sherlock Holmes in this heartwarming story of mystery and adventure, acceptance and friendship, by the acclaimed creator of Traction Man and Toys in Space.
 
Hermelin is a special little mouse. He was born in a box of cheese and lives in an attic at 33 Offley Street. He can read books and type notes on his typewriter. Most importantly, Hermelin can solve mysteries. And the people of Offley Street are in need of a detective!
 
Again and again, Hermelin is on the case—the anonymous hero. But when his neighbors invite him to a thank-you party in his honor and find out who Hermelin really is—a MOUSE!—will he still be welcome on Offley Street?
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
06/16/2014
Hermelin, a mouse whose cream-colored coat mimics the rind of his namesake cheese, solves mysteries along a quaint British byway known as Offley Street. Hermelin lives in the attic of No. 33. Downstairs, a girl named Emily shakes a box of Crunchy Flakes and complains, “Hmm—no free gift again.” Upstairs, Hermelin observes the neighborhood through binoculars “I’d found in my breakfast cereal that morning.” Hmm, indeed. That day, homeowners tack urgent memos to the Offley Street notice board: Parsley the cat and Lucky the goldfish are missing, along with valuable personal items. Busybody Hermelin knows the whereabouts of each lost thing, and he uses an antique typewriter to tap helpful notes to the owners. Grey (Toys in Space) tells this brisk story in a lively combination of expository statements, voice balloons, and Hermelin’s typed messages; Hermelin, speaking in the first person, could be a distant cousin to the literary rodent of Robert Lawson’s Ben and Me. Grey’s wit sparkles in her concise storytelling and detail-rich comic images of a no-nonsense mouse. Ages 5–8. Agent: Hilary Delamere, the Agency. (Aug.)
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-05-19
It's a terrible thing for Hermelin to be so cruelly misjudged, especially when the mouse's single aim is to help the hapless people of Offley Street.Hermelin is a natural-born detective. So when he discovers the street's notice board plastered with despairing announcements of lost this or possibly stolen that, he's on the case. The mouse easily locates Mrs. Mattison's handbag behind some lettuce in her fridge. He finds Bobo the teddy bear, too, dropped from an attic window into Capt. Potts' cooling lemon-meringue pie. As he solves each mystery, he leaves an explanatory note signed "Hermelin." But who is Hermelin? The baffled villagers lure the mysterious hero with a thank-you party at Bosher's sausage shop. When the little mouse shows up for his big moment, however, the terrified party-givers scream "MOUSE!" How could such a benevolent mouse-detective be perceived as a disease-spreading pest? Hermelin spirals into a full-blown identity crisis, brilliantly captured in nightmarish, comic-book-style panels. All ends well when a girl named Emily sees Hermelin for who he really is. Comical visual details abound, and each stamp-sized window of the Offley Street townhomes is a story in miniature, evoking all the wonder and delight of an advent calendar.Grey brings her hilarious, cartoonish-yet-artful Traction Man sensibilities to this winsome story of the importance of transcending stereotypes, especially when it comes to mouse detectives. (Picture book. 5-8)
From the Publisher
Booklist starred review, May 1, 2014
“An absorbing picture book with a small but worthy hero.”

The Horn Book starred review, July/August 2014
“Every page holds treats and surprises in this tribute to neighborhood life, good deeds, and journalism.”

Kirkus Reviews starred review, June 1, 2014
“Grey brings her hilarious, cartoonish-yet-artful Traction Man sensibilities to this winsome story of the importance of transcending stereotypes, especially when it comes to mouse detectives.”

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School Library Journal
05/01/2014
K-Gr 2—A wee white mouse has reading and typing skills that allow him to locate and return a series of missing objects on Offley Street. Hermelin (named for the cheese box in which he arrived), secretly leaves notes for the human residents, divulging locations of their misplaced treasures. When his message saves Baby McMumbo from the garbage truck, the residents throw a party in honor of their unknown benefactor. Then his identity is revealed, and their screaming departure banishes him to pest status. Luckily, young detective Emily admires his skills and offers him a partnership. This tale is rich in detail and plot. The cartoon drawings burst with witty features such as Hermelin's backpack. The hero's savvy and sweetness, along with Emily's pioneering, would make for fun sequels.—Gay Lynn Van Vleck, Henrico County Library, Glen Allen, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385754330
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/5/2014
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 188,155
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

MINI GREY is the creator of the Boston Globe-Horn Book award-winning picture book Traction Man Is Here! as well as Traction Man Meets TurboDog and Traction Man and the Beach Odyssey. Collectively, the three Traction Man books have received 15 starred reviews. Her brilliant, quirky humor can also be seen in Toys in Space, Three by the Sea, The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon, and Ginger Bear.
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