どうしちゃったの?ねずみくん (What happened to Boy Mouse?) / Doushichattano Nezumi-kun

どうしちゃったの? ねずみくん なかえよしを Yoshiwo Nakae 上野紀子 Noriko Ueno 2010s

Text : なかえよしを Yoshiwo Nakae 

Illustration:  上野紀子  Noriko Ueno    

Published : 2010

Personal recommendation : 3-5 years old

“The true happiness is around you!”  This is the key message of this book.   As we now have so many means to compare with other people’s life thru SNS etc, we tend to forget what we have is just what you need to make your life perfect and happy. This book will make us remind of such simple yet important take-away message thru story.   

Here is the storyline. 

  • Duck found Mouse (Boy) does not seem happy and Duck wanted to cheer him up by showing his back-flip skill. 
  • “What happened?” Monkey asked Duck.  “Mouse does not seem happy even though I showed him my back-flip” 
  • “OK, so how about showing my skill ?”   Monkey entangles his tail in the tree branch and swings his body around.  Only Duck applauses with excitement. 
  • “What happened?”  Seal asked Monkey/Duck.   “Mouse does not seem happy even though we showed our fun tricks”
  • Seal then showed his ball-handling skill on his nose, but resulted same.
  • “What happened?”  Bear asked Monkey/Duck/Seal.  They explained and Bear showed his monocycle riding skill but Mouse looks still unhappy.
  • “What happened?”  Elephant asked Monkey/Duck/Seal/Bear.   Elephant shows his handstand skill. Everybody but Mouse applauses.  
  •  Everybody said “Umm. No matter what we did, he seems down. What happened to him? Is he sick perhaps?” 
  • “What happened?”   Another Mouse (girl with red ribbon) came by and asked them.  “Where have you been? Mouse (Boy) does not seem happy at all no matter what we tried.  Can you do any trick which may cheer him up?”     “No, I don’t have any special skill like you guys” said Mouse (girl) 
  • She walked to the mouse and tapped his shoulder.  Mouse Turned back and realized she was standing in front of you.   Mouse (Boy) jumped for joy and goes “Where have you been?” 
  • (Last page)   Mise holding hands and walking away while humming songs.   All of his friends left behind said “Wow,  Mouse (Girl) is unbelievable.  She just tapped his shoulder and it cheers him up like nothing before!”

This book is famous / popular book series by this authors combo.  Not only the storyline, but I personally love the illustrations. This is like “Pencil” art and all the illustration is done only with black/grey/white and Red (Mouse’s ribbon).   The illustrator uses awesome gradation techniques with black/grey/white colors so that the animal can be drawn in livery manner.   If you are looking for simple but beautiful book, this book is great selection!

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