Prepare yourself for one very cute mouse story. This book opens with a little grey mouse removing the word 'little' to put the word 'fierce' in its place for the title page. The letters are like cut-outs from magazine copy, giving the book a whimsical quality. The illustrations are hand-drawn and color-drenched, creating the perfect backdrop to the story. Every page is also filled with small but delightful animated elements triggered by tapping on the characters.
Little grey mouse wants to be fierce. So he lifts weights, practices pouncing and perfects his roar. Then he hides in a tree to wait for someone to scare. His good friends come by first, calling for their little mouse friend to play. Instead they are scared out of their wits by something 'fierce' roaring and pouncing from the tree. Eventually mouse is all alone and realizes he's lonely. The subtle moral emerges that he doesn't need to be 'fierce' to be happy; in fact his friends prefer him to just be a 'little' grey mouse. It ends with the friends playing peacefully again.
This ebook is well made. It has cute page turn arrows (of mouse's duck and pig friend holding arrows), a nice page guide, ample settings and even the ability to change to a normal font for easier reading (an important feature for young learner readers). There are also a couple nice little extras: 2 different matching games and 2 pages to color from the story.
This is the kind of title that delights young readers and adults alike, making it a great bedtime read (minus the games of course). The book also comes with several options for English, Spanish & Dutch narration. Overall, this is an outstanding book app, from the opening page to the final scenes. It has gorgeous graphics, charming characters and just the right amount of animated interactivity to engage young readers. My highest recommendation.
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10 - 15 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 8
English • Spanish •Dutch •
The little grey mouse wants to be fierce, not a meek mouse. So he imagines being big, strong and loud. He exercises to get strong muscles, practices pouncing and makes himself look as big and scary as possible. When he has his big roar rehearsed enough, he waits in a big tree to pounce.
His friends, Edie & Kay come around the corner, trying to find their mouse friend to play. Instead they hear a scary sound and fear it is a leopard, eagle, tiger or lion. "It sure looks fierce," they say, "it might want to eat us!" When they hear fierce grey mouse's roar they are terrified and hide behind a tree. They are even more frightened when he pounces toward them. He pounces & roars all day, scaring everyone away until he is all alone in his tree.
Then the little mouse realizes he is lonely and want's someone to play with him. But no one is around. They are all too afraid. His friends hear his calls and peek out to warn him about 'something fierce about' in the forest. The little mouse says it's only him, convincing his friends that it is safe to come out. After that, they all play and have fun.