Mouse & Lion by Rand Burket, illustrated by Nancy Ekholm Burkert (Scholastic/Michael di Capua Books)
A spectacular book not to be missed! Nancy Ekholm Burkert, whose depiction of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is considered an earmark in the fairy tale genre, has teamed with son Rand to give the old Aesop tale a new spin. Here Mouse is at center stage — after all, as the re-teller remarks in the Afterword, Mouse clearly performs the lion’s share of the work. At the story’s end, however, a bond of friendship and understanding has occurred, leaving each wiser and kinder. Mesmerizing spreads depict the Aha Hills in Africa, where Burkert’s fine lines and opulent use of color bring the landscape to life.
On shelves October 1st.
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