Beatrix Potter meets I Spy in this detailed and charming storybook adventure about two mice who love to explore every nook and cranny in the large apartment house in which they live.
Sam and Julia live in a wonderful place called the Mouse Mansion. Sam is SUPER shy and VERY well behaved, while Julia is SUPER curious and VERY stubborn. The two mice couldn't be more different, but they are the best of friends. Whenever Julia gets bored, she goes looking for Sam, and they have all sorts of adventures together. They discover a secret cubbyhouse, greet the ragman and learn to make pancakes. There is a shop that sells everything and a box full of treasure. And - OH NO! - there might even be a rat! The Mouse Mansion is always full of surprises. Won't you come inside and explore?
Author and artist Karina Schaapman spent years building and furnishing the Mouse Mansion in which this story takes place. The elaborate dollhouse is made of found objects such as bottle tops, matchsticks, pop sticks, cardboard boxes and papier-mache, and contains more than one hundred rooms to explore.
Karina Schaapman is a Dutch wife, mother and politician. Mouse Mansion is based on the real-life Mouse Mansion, which she created. The mansion is made from cardboard boxes and papier-mache, and it has more than a hundred rooms, corridors and outdoor spaces. For the interior, Karina used vintage fabrics from the fifties, sixties and seventies plus various types of waste material. Mouse Mansion includes many autobiographical moments from Karina's life as well as her husband's. Karina says: 'I was inspired by bringing up my own four (now grown) children. Their development made me see what is important to children, such as building huts, sharing secrets, love and being looked after. But also learning that looking different or experiencing different customs and rituals does not have to be threatening, but that you can learn from your neighbours, that they enrich you.'
A & U Children
4 - 8