The Mouse Who Ate the Moon by Petr Horacek

There’s just something about the moon that evokes feelings of wistful nostalgia, mystery… and hunger — at least that’s the impression we get from some of the children’s books we’ve reviewed, like Mooncake, Sidney, Stella and the Moon and now, The Mouse Who Ate the Moon.

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In this book, Little Mouse finds a rather suspiciously succulent piece of the moon and can’t resist taking a bite — or five — of it. After eating, however, he feels terrible about what he has done, especially since with a chunk of it in his stomach, the beautiful moon will never be round again… or will it?

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While readers are let in on the ol’ not-unpredictable mistaken-identity trope from the start, the book’s central theme of friendship gives it an endearing spin, while its smooth execution — in particular, the winsome illustrations in a soothing colour palette, the strategic cutouts and the creatively designed peekaboo pages — makes for an inviting and tactile read.

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