I received this book from Netgalley/the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
My three girls love to read, so I was very excited about the prospect of reading Mr. Postmouse’s Rounds to them. This delightful picture book was written and illustrated by Marianne Dubuc.
The premise is simple: the reader is treated to watching Mr. Postmouse make his rounds through the neighborhood, which is a delightful place, with a wide variety of habitats. Mr. Postmouse delivers to the expected forest animals, but some of his customers live in the ocean, and others live on top of a snowy mountain. Mr. Postmouse does whatever it takes to make sure that the packages are delivered.
Mr. Postmouse does not encounter any adversity along the route, although he is grateful that he doesn’t have to deliver anything to Mr. Snake!
This book consists of watching Mr. Postmouse do his job, and the illustrations are what make this book truly extraordinary. I suppose the comparisons to Richard Scarry are inevitable because they both feature anthropomorphic animals, but Dubuc’s style is her own. The colors are more muted, and there are so many little details in each of the scenes. All of the houses are see-through, and what is going on inside the houses is always interesting. Mr. Bear has a pipe connecting his honey pot to the beehive on the roof. The penguins have a bathtub full of ice cubes. My girls especially enjoyed the rather cheeky illustration of the Rabbit family’s bathroom, complete with little rabbit pellets!
There are also several cameos from fairytale friends. These are not stated in the text. After all, the focus of the book is on following a dedicated public servant. No, you will only see these fairytale favorites by looking closely at the illustrations.
I would absolutely recommend Mr. Postmouse’s Rounds. This is a delightful book that will entertain preschoolers through those in the early years of elementary school. My girls absolutely loved this book, and we will be getting our own copy. I can also see this as an excellent choice for a gift book. The book itself is the typical length of a picture book, but it will likely take you much longer to read because of all the time taken to stop and pore over the illustrations!