The Station Mouse

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Great lovers of a Meg McLaren book here at JAB HQ, we were delighted to meet the lady herself at this year's FCBG Conference and to get our hands on her lovely new book!

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Maurice follows the rules in the Station Mouse Handbook; he likes following rules. His job is to go out at  night and collect all the things people have left behind whilst no one is around.  One day, however, he breaks the most important rule in the book which changes everything.

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Full of beautiful illustrations, 'The Station Mouse' is a gentle story about a mouse who chooses to break the rules to help someone and finds that it makes a big difference. Change can be worrying, but is often just what is needed as Maurice finds out! 

Maurice is delightful and the world Meg McLaren has built for him is charming. Each illustration bursts with details, making many re-readings necessary. From the 'mouse' station map and the bottle-cap- framed pictures of previous Station Mice to finding Maurice amongst the lost property to Maurice's mouse hole, there is so much to enjoy. Maurice uses 'Black Cat Ink'  and reads 'Of Mice and Men', adding plenty of humorous touches to appeal to adults and children alike.  His friend, Monty the spider, also adds plenty of comic moments as he helps Maurice with his work. Pictures drawn from different perspectives and clever use of colour add to the story telling and this is another picture book whose images are bound to stimulate endless discussion. There is so much that could be done with this lovely book in class!

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Maurice's note to himself at the end of the story sends a very clear, important message to all-

REMEMBER... YOU MAY BE VERY SMALL, BUT YOU CAN MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE.

Words of wisdom indeed!

The Station Mouse     Meg McLaren

Andersen Press     ISBN: 978-1783445639

Published 7th June 2018

You can read our review of 'Life is Magic' here and 'Pigeon PI' here.