About the book: Hermelin the Detective Mouse is a playful twist on the traditional detective story – and the illustrations definitely give a nod to the world-famous Sherlock Holmes, for the observant readers out there! This story is narrated by its very own Sherlock Holmes, a white mouse that discovers his destiny as a detective mouse called Hermelin when he wakes up in his cheese box in an attic. Hermelin has the most charming and generous of personalities, which it is impossible not to fall in love with, and hearts are well and truly broken when his journey turns his perception of himself from mouse-detective to mouse-pest. A really heart-warming story, in the end!
Reasons for selection: Mini Grey’s picturebooks are a delight for readers, younger and older alike, and full of verbal and visual wit and intertextual references. The dramatic illustrations throughout Hermelin the Detective Mouse mean that it is no exception to this; they encourage children to pay close attention to detail and engage actively with the story as budding detectives to identify clues that will help Hermelin on his detective mission. It presents an innovative take on the detective story genre and will inspire children to reflect on themes such as belonging, self-acceptance and friendship.
About Take One Book: The books in the Take One Book collection can be used in conjunction with the Take One Book website, or independently. Take One Book is Just Imagine’s programme for teaching reading and English using high quality literature. You can find further information and free exemplar units on the Take One Book website takeonebook.org
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