By Mini Grey
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, $17.99, 32 pages
Award-winning author and illustrator Mini Grey delights on the page with a story that illuminates the art of helping others and feeling valued in the community. Hermelin is a busy mouse. While he’s an avid reader and skilled typist, most of his time is spent solving mysteries. Hermelin is always right there to save the day and help his friends find their beloved treasures. The little detective seems to fit right into his neighborhood. The only problem is that no one knows the local detective is a mouse.
“We don’t know who you are, but you have helped everybody…”
While Hermelin is out solving mysteries, the neighborhood is also trying to solve the mystery of who Hermelin is and how they never see him in action. When a party is thrown in his honor to thank him for his detective work, Hermelin has a big surprise: no one reacts well to having a mouse show up at the party. Hermelin the Detective Mouse by Mini Grey is packed with witty humor and imaginative illustrations that heighten the story. At its heart, this endearing tale is one of acceptance and finding friendship in the least likely of places.
Reviewed by Lori A. May