When Iris Espinosa goes to the cinema, she doesn’t expect to meet a small mouse. And she certainly doesn’t expect that mouse to stow away in her sweater pocket. At home, Iris is delighted by the mouse’s daring, which reminds her of the actor Douglas Fairbanks. And so begin the adventures of a sweet, plucky mouse named Douglas, who must overcome obstacles aplenty, from hungry cats to broom-wielding humans, as she journeys across the tall rooftops of Bloomville to return to her movie-theater home. Full of high-stakes chases, clever escapes, and valiant rescues, Randy Cecil’s story is a cinematic and meticulously crafted celebration of courage and friendship.
Told in a lengthier style, most pages feature a circular illustration with text above and/or below, showing Douglas's journey from theater, through danger, and back to the theater at the end. The images are in duotone with vintage style that are reminiscent of the old movies referenced through the theater.
What I loved: The story is simple and the images equally simple and appealing. The book is written like an advanced picture book, quite a bit simpler than a chapter book, which suits a young audience who is growing too old for picture books. The story line is very straightforward which also helps early independent readers. The animals are very cute, and there are some side stories with a cat and a boy who really wants a pet that add appeal to the book.
What left me wanting more: The story is a little dull in places where not much happens. The text is very descriptive, spelling out every action along the way, which will make it a little too simple for some readers.
Final verdict: With a vintage style reminiscent of old movies, this simple story is great for children who are just passing picture books and looking for something straight-forward and cute, featuring a charming mouse named Douglas.