I first picked up this charming book because of the illustrations. But oh, is it a lovely story. There’s humour, adventure and even a little danger. But above all else, there is kindness and joy. And it shows us quite nicely that if we are brave, we can weather the storm, and get to a better place.
A valiant mouse sets sail in her ship in a bottle to seek a better life in this gentle allegory about refugees and immigration.
All Mouse wants to do is eat gingersnaps, lie in the sun, and enjoy her ship in a bottle. All Cat wants to do is eat Mouse. This is a problem.
So one day, Mouse sets off in her ship in a bottle in search of a new home. But the great big world is a scary place for one small mouse. As she sails downriver, she faces grabby seagulls, selfish rabbits, and stormy waters before finally finding refuge in a park on the shores of an enormous city, where she is welcomed by friends of all shapes and sizes. Readers will cheer Mouse's quiet perseverance on her epic journey as she seeks a tiny spot to call her own.
About the Author
Andrew Prahin is the author of the picture books Elbert, the Curious Clock Tower Bear and Brimsby's Hats. He lives and works in Chicago. Learn more at andrewprahin.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewPrahin.
* "Prahin masters the story’s execution on every level . . . Entertainingly spot-on." —BookPage, starred review
"This simply told, sweet, gently humorous story will have great appeal for young readers/listeners, and Mouse is a quietly charming heroine kids will earnestly root for. Delightful, pastel-colored cartoon illustrations beguile . . . Time spent in this bottle is time well spent indeed." —Kirkus Reviews
"Prahin gives little ones a thrilling adventure in miniature with this mouse-centered tale." —Booklist
"Prahin renders engaging characters and dreamlike backdrops in a palette of verdant fresh greens, pale blues, and touches of old rose. The ship-in-a-bottle charms (it’s like a small, seaworthy caravan), and Mouse is a poised hero . . . A pleasure for readers." —Publishers Weekly
"Gently situates a refugee story in picture-book form . . . The simple prose has both a cadence and formality that echoes folkloric tones . . . Could spark discussion among youngsters about whom we decide to care about and why, and what truly makes a home." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books