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Mousetropolis by R. Gregory Christie


by R. Gregory Christie

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I have a conflicted opinion of this book. I do not like the way this book was written, but I really like the illustrations. Some of the transitions of the story do not make as much sense, and I would turn back the pages to reread it sometimes to understand fully what had happened. When City Mouse decides that he needs a vacation, the next page suddenly shows him in the country visiting his cousin, Country Mouse, but there was no mention of where he planned to go or who he was planning to see. This happens on the next page as well. City Mouse asks Country Mouse what he likes to do for fun, then suddenly on the next page, they are in a forest. Most of the story makes sense and follows a simple storyline, but some of the transitions from scene to scene could have been written more clearly. The book has fantastic illustrations. The colors are vibrant and the characters are defined. There is a lot of detail put into the faces of the mice to the point that the reader can visibly tell when City Mouse is sad and wants to return home without having to read the text.
The moral of the story is to appreciate what you have and to not always wish for what you don't have. ( )
  AlexisBadovski | Apr 3, 2017 |
Author/illustrator R. Gregory Christie offers a contemporary retelling of the classic Aesop fable of The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse in this picture-book. Fed up with life in Mousetropolis, City Mouse visits his country cousin, but although there is much to enjoy, he doesn't like the food, and finds the local predators unnerving. Country Mouse has much the same experience in the city...

Awarded a Caldecott Honor earlier this year (2017) for Freedom in Congo Square, R. Gregory Christie is a talented illustrator, and I enjoyed his artwork in Mousetropolis. His color scheme is appealing, and his mouse characters cute. The story itself isn't so different from the traditional version of the fable, save that the illustrations depict a modern city, and offer a contrast between the country predator (an owl), and the city one (a cat). I appreciated some of the humor in the text, as when City Mouse feels he is being watched, and the narrative confirms, "And he was." Recommended to anyone looking for more recent Aesop retellings. ( )
  AbigailAdams26 | Mar 24, 2017 |
city mouse, country mouse retold ( )
  melodyreads | Dec 22, 2015 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0823423190, Hardcover)

With an exquisite palette and stunning compositions, award-winning illustrator R. Gregory Christie reimagines one of Aesop's most popular fables.

City Mouse leaves his noisy apartment for a vacation in the country—only to find drab meals, unseen predators, unbearable heat and too much quiet! So City Mouse takes his country cousin to Mousetropolis, where a rodent can indulge in rich food and rub elbows with the elite.

But just as the party is getting started, disaster strikes! A cat attacks, scaring the city sophisticates clear out of their fine attire . . . while Country Mouse runs without stopping until he reaches the familiar fields of home.

(retrieved from Amazon Wed, 22 Jul 2015 12:15:12 -0400)

In this update of the classic fable, City Mouse and his cousin, Country Mouse, exchange visits and, although they find many things to like in each other's homes, they quickly learn that each prefers his own.

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