Pip sees a mouse in the moon one night and becomes determined to get to the moon and take a bite to see what it really tastes like.
Author: Steve Smallman
Illustrator: Steve Smallman
ISBN: 9781682973813 Language: English
Themes: problem solving, imagination, persistance
What’s it about?
Pip is watching the moon with his mother one night when he sees a mouse in the moon. He asks his mother a lot of questions about the moon and if he can live on it. In order to get to the moon to taste a bit and maybe even live there, Pip tries many different ideas.
This book has a lovely clear font for reading and it has font changes (style, size, shape) to indicate emphasis. The story is well paced and the illustrations work well with the text.
This book is due to be released on June 21st 2018. I must admit, when I see books about mice I do shudder a little. Where I come from they are most certainly a pest and this year is probably set to be pretty bad plague-wise going by how many we’ve caught already! But still, despite my dislike of “…the furry critters this is a lovely story.
On the surface many might think that Astromouse is just a “nice” bedtime story but there are some subtle themes running through the book. The most prominent of these is the character of Pip with both his problem solving and persistence.
In terms of problem solving, Pip’s mother does show him during the story that to get to the moon he would need a rocket like an astronaut (thus the title Astromouse). However, it is Pip that decides what he is going to try and have a go at to reach his goal.
“…ideal for use in the classroom at the beginning of the school year…”
Likewise with his persistence, Pip doesn’t give up on the idea of going to the moon even after he has a couple of failed attempts (such as running up the biggest hill and building a rocket). Because Pip tries again and again this would would be ideal for use in the classroom at the beginning of the school year when you start discussing about persistent behaviour or “bouncing back”.
Homeschoolers and parents can also embrace this book for taking the thinking out of the teaching by providing a full page of discussion questions and thoughts at the back of the book.
Overall, this was an enjoyable book and my kids did love it as well. An interesting side note is that the only two characters in the book were Pip and his mother so my kids enjoyed that aspect particularly to make Text-to-World connection being that I am a solo mum.