Near Fine. 16mo-over 5¾-6¾" tall Very nice; tight binding, minor shelf wear, bright crisp pages, no previous owner's marks. A Star and Elephant Book, 1980. Clever text-less story of a mouse trapped inside the pages of a book who chews his way out and escapes to the countryside on a paper airplane.
I used this book as a part of my thesis project quite a few years ago. Now I am helping rebuild my son's school's library, and I thought of this book and how useful it was to me as a teaching tool, as well as how cute it is! Back then, there were very few wordless books, and they were really hard to find. That was before you could just type "wordless books" into Amazon.com, and presto, there they are.
This wordless book not only tells a cohesive narrative completely devoid of any text, but it also stars a very life-like mouse who is so fuzzy you want to pet him! I love the fact that the book becomes a part of the story. At one point, the mouse tears a page of his book, and he has this look on his face that you can just tell he is appalled and dismayed that he ruined his book! I won't tell you how the poor trapped mouse gets out of the book, but let's just say he and Ralph S. Mouse would be great friends should they ever meet! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. I am so glad to find it again!
I gave it a 4 instead of a 5, because some of the artistry is a little immature and the proportion changes a little in places. However, the originality and delightful quality of the main character more than makes up for these minor foibles, imho!
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