Tiny's Big Adventure

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With the help of finely detailed engravings by John Lawrence that leap from the page, Martin Waddell scampers off on a new adventure — from a wee mouse’s point of view.

Two little mice jumped out of their hole in the barn.
"I want to go to the cornfield,"
Tiny said.

Tiny Mouse has never been to the cornfield before, so he’s thrilled that his sister will take him. It’s the ...

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Overview

With the help of finely detailed engravings by John Lawrence that leap from the page, Martin Waddell scampers off on a new adventure — from a wee mouse’s point of view.

Two little mice jumped out of their hole in the barn.
"I want to go to the cornfield,"
Tiny said.

Tiny Mouse has never been to the cornfield before, so he’s thrilled that his sister will take him. It’s the perfect place to play games like climb-the-tractor and sit-on-the-seat, or hide-and-seek-mouse. But the cornfield is also a place full of strange new sights that make Tiny quiver and shiver and call out for his sister, who helps him feel braver. With boldly animated illustrations and a sympathetic story, Tiny’s Big Adventure captures all the excitement — and trepidation — of a first-time experience.

Katy Mouse teaches her younger brother, Tiny, the names of some of the things they see, including a boot, a snail, and a pheasant, when they go to the cornfield to play games.

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A small mouse named Tiny decides it is time for him to venture out into the wheat fields where he has never been before. With his sister Katy as his guide, Tiny is reassured to discover that a strange creature is only a rabbit, not a threatening cat, and that another is a pheasant, not an owl. As they play games like "you-can't-catch-me-mouse" and "climb-the-tractor and sit-on-the-seat," Tiny feels brave until, during a game of "hide-and-seek-mouse" he wanders too far and is frightened. But Katy finds him and shows him a snail, a spider, and a boot which offers more play fun. When it' is time to go home, Tiny is ready to have another mouse adventure. This is a tale to encourage timid youngsters to try new ventures. Lawrence combines vinyl engravings with other media to produce exceptionally striking illustrations. Some, like the pheasant in full flight past a brilliant orange sun are stunning. There is a vintage look to the scenes partnered as they are with white areas holding the large, bold typeface text. The mice are appealing as the scamper through the fields. We grow anxious for their safety as we watch them, so tiny in the enormous world, and we are relieved to see them safely home. 2004, Candlewick Press, Ages 3 to 6.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 2-Tiny's big sister Katy is brave, adventurous, and willing to teach him everything she knows. When the young mouse wants to see the wheat field, she immediately agrees to take him there. They encounter many things that are new and scary to Tiny, but Katy, with her greater knowledge of the world, is able to reassure him. Their activities, which include playing games and encountering all sorts of critters, are superbly rendered in Lawrence's eye-catching illustrations. Made from vinyl engravings, watercolor washes, and textured printing, the artwork will be familiar to fans of the artist's This Little Chick (Candlewick, 2002). Aside from a few full-bleed spreads, the pictures and text boxes are framed, making them feel like sequential snapshots of the siblings' expedition. The palette consists primarily of muted blues and browns with highlights of rich gold, red, and yellow, giving the impression of light filtering down through the stalks of wheat. Children will relate to the sometimes-frightening feelings that come with venturing into the unknown and they will be reassured by this gentle, fun adventure.-Genevieve Gallagher, Orange County Public Library, VA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Under the watchful eye of his big sister, a very small mouse ventures out into the wide world for the first time. Tiny is happy to have his sister Katy along, not only for games of climb-a-stalk and catch-me-mouse, but also to provide reassurance that, no, that's not a cat, but a rabbit: not an owl, but a harmless pheasant. In digitally assembled vinyl cuts and watercolor washes, Lawrence uses strong lines with a limited palette to depict small but seemingly spot-lit mice scampering amid huge, mysterious-looking gold or grayish blue masses of wheat stalks, wildflowers, and farm equipment. Tiny suffers some anxious moments when he becomes separated from Katy-but she finds him soon enough, and as the two make their way back to the barn, Tiny is already talking about next time. Like Jane Simmons's Come Along, Daisy (1998) or Waddell's own Owl Babies (1992), illustrated by Patrick Benson, this makes comforting reading for timorous little mice of the two-legged sort. (Picture book. 3-5)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763638191
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 4/22/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 3 - 7 Years
  • Lexile: AD370L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 8.13 (w) x 11.77 (h) x 0.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Martin Waddell is the author of more than one hundred books for children, including HI, HARRY! and the Little Bear books, illustrated by Barbara Firth; FARMER DUCK, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury; and A KITTEN CALLED MOONLIGHT, illustrated by Christian Birmingham. Of the inspiration for TINY'S BIG ADVENTURE, he says, "I saw a rusty old tractor nestled in high grass on a farm. It looked like an exciting thing to play with, but who would play there? The idea of a small field mouse, who had never been to the field, came to me — and Tiny was born." Martin Waddell lives in Northern Ireland.

John Lawrence is the illustrator of many books for children, including THIS LITTLE CHICK, which he also wrote; THE MYSTERIES OF ZIGOMAR by Allan Ahlberg; and A YEAR AND A DAY by William Mayne. His signature wood engravings also grace the pages of many classic novels and anthologies. Of TINY'S BIG ADVENTURE, he says, "I’ve enjoyed going on this outing with Tiny Mouse and his big sister. I hope, perhaps, they might ask me again some time." He lives in Cambridge, England.

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