Mouseboat (Hardcover)

Mouseboat By Larissa Theule, Abigail Halpin (Illustrator) Cover Image

Mouseboat (Hardcover)

By Larissa Theule, Abigail Halpin (Illustrator)


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A lyrical, soothing story about new beginnings, even in the darkest times, Mouseboat is a powerful tribute to finding your way home again.

The wind is your voice.
You whisper to me.

A young girl feels lost after the death of her mother. Dad tries his best to manage everything alone, but things just aren't the same. When they take a trip to their lake house, the girl longs to feel a connection to her mom, and so she takes out the small mouseboat that she and her mom built together. And somehow, in the wind and the rain, protected by the mouseboat, she finds her mother's love.
Larissa Theule holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and is the author of the picture books Kafka and the Doll, Born to Ride: A Story About Bicycle Face, and A Way with Wild Things. She lives in Pasadena, California.
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Abigail Halpin has been drawing for as long as she can remember. Her illustrations blend traditional and digital media, mixing watercolor, ink, pencil, and collage. When not drawing, she can usually be found with her nose in a book, in front of her sewing machine, or out of doors exploring.
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Product Details ISBN: 9780593327357
ISBN-10: 0593327357
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 28th, 2023
Pages: 40
Language: English
★ "Figurative language in first person pairs with abstract watercolor illustrations to make a breathtaking lyrical picture book that beautifully portrays Faye’s sorrow and longing. . . . This book will remind grieving readers that loved ones are waiting for them with patience and understanding." —BCCB, starred review

★ "With sensitivity and immediacy, this prescient picture book charts a cathartic journey through grief to hope." —Booklist, starred review

"With spare, heartfelt text, Theule invites readers into a narrating child’s deepest feelings . . . Halpin’s crisp mixed-media art depicts a lush green woodland and brilliant blue water that shimmers, roils, laps, and crashes in dramatic scenes that mimic the child’s emotional journey."Publishers Weekly

"A good book to help children cope with loss and to help them discover fresh starts even during the most challenging times."The Horn Book