A Mouse Called Julian
When the fox tries to sneak into Julian's burrow for a tasty bite of mouse, it finds itself stuck headfirst in Julian's front door! At first alarmed and wary, they soon find themselves having a lovely dinner together, and it's not long before each realizes that they have found in the other a lifelong friend.
As the fox stays there, he needs Julian help for food and to get out of the hole. Julian does eventually help him and they both are surprised to find they liked spending time together. Later, when Julian is the one who needs help, the fox is there for him as well.
What I loved: The illustrations are gorgeous on this- clean lines and vivid colors with animals whose faces and eyes manage to convey a myriad of emotions to the reader. They suit the story perfectly, and there is a lot for young children to look at on each page. The details are just fantastic- not only on the images but also in the story line (including having a female farmer!). The story is great for young children who will understand about the animal dynamics and delight in the unlikely friendship forged through hardship (with a dash of humor). The book encourages the reader not to write off other people right away and to get to know them better, as well as the value of simply having someone to enjoy a meal with. Parents can also enjoy the story as they read it to their elementary-aged children with appeal for both story and illustrations.
Final verdict: Easily able to become a classic, this gorgeously illustrated book conveys messages about the importance of friendship and taking the time to look at people a little deeper. Animal and story lovers will enjoy this ultimately sweet story of a mouse named Julian and the unexpected development of a friendship with a fox.