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Little Mouse's Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett
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Apr 15, 2012

it was amazing

Little Mouse is afraid of lots of things: spiders, loud noises, sharp objects, getting lost, the list goes on and on. Little Mouse uses her pencil and collage elements (photos, newspaper clippings, found objects) to record and illustrate her fears. Just when you think there’s no hope for Little Mouse, she realizes that even though she’s afraid of nearly everything, there are humans who are afraid of her!

The text is very minimal and all written from Little Mouse’s point of view. But don’t turn the pages too fast, because the illustrations are a feast for the eyes, full of details and insights into the reasons for Little Mouse’s fears. The book is made to look like a journal to record your fears and overcome them. Each page features and defines a phobia in the upper right or left corner, much as you might see the date printed in the corner of a journal, such as “Chronomentrophobia (Fear of clocks).” The illustrations utilize the entire page and there are design elements that add to the experience. There's a fold-out map of the Isle of Fright and many pages have flaps and mouse-nibbled corners.

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