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‘We need the literature of other countries to expand our
horizons and stimulate our ideas. Without it, we are not only
diminished, we are starved’
(The Times, Magnus Linklater 29/06/05)
Clever Mouse (The)
by Anahita Teymorian
Age Range: Under_5
Mr Koochi Mouse wants all the comforts in life; he builds himself a lovely home. “Clever Me!” he says. Then he grows wheat which he makes into bread. “Clever Me!” he says. All he needs now is a wife to make his happiness complete. After having a dream about being married to Princess Mouse he sets off to visit the Mouse King to ask for permission to marry her.
This is a charming story by Iranian author and illustrator Anahita Teymorian about a mouse who is full of his own self-importance. When he discovers that Princess Mouse isn’t the princess he had dreamt about, Mr Koochi has to learn a hard lesson: that kindness is more important than beauty. He then has to find a way to win his princess back.
Teymorian has used a mixed technique of texturing the dark background and scratching out characters on it. The simple outline of the mouse characters are expressive against the rich, lush colour background that are imbued with symbolism.